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Startup vehicle manufacturer opens $34M Summerville facility

Ross Norton //July 20, 2023//

Startup vehicle manufacturer opens $34M Summerville facility

Ross Norton //July 20, 2023//

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Honor LSV, a startup manufacturing company, will design, manufacture and assemble golf cars and luxury low-speed vehicles in Berkeley County.

The company announced today that it will invest $34.2 million and create 65 new jobs in making Summerville home to its South Carolina operations.

Honor LSV owner Brian Plaisance says he wants to bring the manufacture of golf carts and luxury low-speed vehicles to U.S. soil. (Photo/Provided by Honor LSV)Honor LSV is an original equipment manufacturer of golf carts and low-speed vehicles and is a contract manufacturer that utilizes precision lasers and robotic welding while working with mostly American-made metals, plastics and other components to build its products, according to a news release from the state Commerce Department. The company also provides in-house powder coat services utilizing its state-of-the-art, 9,000-square-foot automated powder coat line. As a result, Honor LSV has the capacity for full production — from manufacturing to finishing — at its Berkeley County operations.

“I am beyond thrilled to be launching my third startup company, the second of which is in Berkeley County,” owner Brian Plaisance said in the news release. “There has never been a more important time to bring manufacturing back to America than now, and we are doing just that!”
Operations are online already at the company’s 130,000 square-foot building located at 636 Omni Industrial Blvd. The company is hiring.

“Berkeley County is excited to welcome Honor LSV to our industrial sector,” Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb said in the release. “This state-of-the-art, startup company’s $34 million investment will benefit our county’s economy, workforce and residents by creating more quality paying jobs and helping to keep our taxes low. This project is yet another shining example of how strategic investments can go a long way to positively impact our community.”

The Commerce Department’s Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits related to this project. The council also awarded a $100,000 Set-Aside grant to Berkeley County to assist with the costs of building improvements, the release stated.

“South Carolina continues to provide the workforce and resources needed for startups like Honor LSV to thrive,” Gov. Henry McMaster said in the release. “This investment will bring our people even more opportunity and help continue to propel the state’s rapidly growing economy forward.”