W International Locates Berkeley County OperationsDec 12, 2018 10:04AM ● By Kathleen Maris
W International, a full-service manufacturer of large, complex welded metal fabrications, announced plans to locate new production operations in Berkeley County. The company's $35.2 million capital investment is projected to create more than 600 new jobs.
Headquartered in Madison Heights, Mich., W International serves the aerospace, defense, energy, and marine industries. Within the defense sector, in addition to combat vehicles, the company supports U.S. Navy platforms, such as submarines, aircraft carriers, and frigates. The company's highly-trained staff supports requirements associated with a diverse range of materials, including ballistic armor, aluminum, titanium, and other high-strength steels.
Located at the Bushy Park Industrial Complex, W International's new, 451,000-square-foot facility will provide manufacturing, custom fabrication, project management, tooling, and engineering services to clients in the aerospace, defense, automotive, energy, and commercial business industries.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $2 million Set Aside grant to Berkeley County to assist with the costs of the project.
"We are thrilled to be expanding our family-owned business to Berkeley County, S.C.," said Ed Walker, W International CEO. "The ability to build a manufacturing facility on the East Coast offers a unique opportunity to our clients and customers. We are looking forward to being part of the Lowcountry community for decades to come."