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Viva Holdings Group, Inc. launching new operations in St. Stephen

Viva Holdings Group Inc. announced on May 12 that it is launching a new operation in Berkeley County and will be renovating a 177,000-square-foot industrial site in St. Stephen. The first phase of the new development is expected to bring a $28 million investment and employ up to 200 people with the potential for additional expansion.

Viva Holdings Group Inc., through its subsidiary Viva TPE Products, LLC, is a manufacturer of semi-finished rubber goods with proprietary technology for export to China, along with a variety injection-molded finished products. The company's proprietary technologies use a combination of recycled rubber and recycled plastics from post-industrial and post-consumer sources.


Executive HeliJet expanding operations in Horry County

Executive HeliJet, a local maintenance, repair and completion center for aircraft, on May 17 announced expansion plans in Horry County. The company will add 75 new, full-time jobs to their current operations, investing approximately $1 million dollars in equipment and facility improvements over a five-year period.

The company will hire maintenance repair technician, operators, skilled craftsmen, and managerial, professional and technical support. These jobs will pay an average of $20.55 per hour with employee benefits. Executive HeliJet is currently a tenant at the North Myrtle Beach Airport and the Myrtle Beach International Airport and with this expansion plans to lease additional space at Myrtle Beach International Airport.


Groundbreaking ceremony takes place at new Charleston Trade Center in Summerville

On April 19, officials from South Carolina Department of Commerce, Berkeley County, Charleston Regional Development Alliance and South Carolina Ports Authority joined The Keith Corp of Charlotte and its financial partner, Singerman Real Estate of Chicago, in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Charleston Trade Center in Summerville.

The Keith Corp and Singerman Real Estate are investing $19 million to begin the first phase of the industrial park with a 307,350-square-foot, speculative shell building. The speculative building is scheduled to be complete by the end of this year and could be expanded to more than 923,000 square feet in the future.

The new business park, located off of I-26 near the under-construction Sheep Island Interchange at mile marker 197, is estimated to cost $175 million and could hold up to six industrial buildings.