A global industrial equipment manufacturer is expanding its Charleston County operations with a $10.1 million investment.
Protego (USA) Inc.’s investment will create 39 new jobs, according to a news release from the South Carolina Department of Commerce.
With current operations at 9561 Palmetto Commerce Parkway in North Charleston, the company plans to expand its existing facility and transition from assembling to manufacturing tank venting and explosion protection product lines, the release stated. The expansion will also allow the company to implement production welding and computer numerical control machining capabilities.
“We are excited about the expansion of our Landmark Business Park building on Palmetto Commerce Parkway,” Protego (USA) Inc. President Chris Mason said in the release. “This expansion will create more employment opportunities in the greater Charleston area. Our goal is to provide excellent products and services and with the expansion we will be able to increase our raw materials supplies from our domestic U.S. supply chain. We will be able to continue to be a market leader in delivery times for our North American market and continue to offer a top-of-the-line product to our growing list of customers.”
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Founded in 1954, Protego (USA) builds and provides devices and tank equipment for the oil and gas, petroleum, chemical, pharmaceutical and bio-energy industries, according to the release. The company’s products include flame arresters, valves and tank equipment, as well as new products for cryogenic storage applications.
The expansion is expected to be complete by 2026. Hiring will begin in 2024.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development awarded a $50,000 Set-Aside grant to Charleston County to assist with the costs of building construction, according to the release.
“Protego (USA)'s decision to expand their operations here underscores the strength and potential of our local economy, showcasing Charleston County as an ideal destination for top-tier companies,” Charleston County Council Chairman Herbert Ravenel Sass III said in the release. “We are proud to have Protego (USA) as a valued member of our business community, and we congratulate them on this remarkable expansion.”