Media Release: Thursday, July 6th, 2017
Knapheide Truck Equipment Company Charleston Inc., a subsidiary of The Knapheide Manufacturing Company, is opening a new manufacturing facility in Charleston County. The development is projected to bring $1.3 million of investment and create 63 new jobs.
Since 1848, Knapheide has provided its customers with high-quality, work-ready transportation solutions. Headquartered in Quincy, Ill., the Knapheide family has owned and operated the company since its inception. Today, Knapheide is a leading manufacturer and provider of vocational commercial vehicle solutions.
Knapheide will be locating its new operations in a 75,000-square-foot facility located at 8449 Palmetto Commerce Parkway in North Charleston, S.C. Designed to upfit the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Metris vans, the company will be providing and installing van interiors, service bodies, utility bodies, platform bodies and more.
“The close proximity to the new Mercedes-Benz Vans manufacturing facility made Charleston County an ideal choice for Knapheide, from both a collaboration and logistics perspective.” –Knapheide Vice President of Sales and Marketing Mandar Dighe
“South Carolina continues to elevate itself as a global industrial leader, and the fact that Knapheide is launching their new operations in Charleston is another example of that. We look forward to seeing what the future has in store for them in Charleston County.” –Gov. Henry McMaster
“Knapheide’s decision to locate operations within our borders is a testament to the robust manufacturing industry we’ve worked hard to foster in South Carolina. This project will be yet another boon to Charleston County, and we look forward to watching this company thrive here for years to come.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“Our congratulations go out to Knapheide on their new facility in Charleston County. Knapheide’s rich history and commitment to being a leader in commercial vehicle solutions makes them a perfect fit for our community.” –Charleston County Council Chairman Victor Rawl
“Knapheide’s announcement of a new North Charleston facility and the creation of scores of new jobs is yet another component to keep our region’s economy on an upward trajectory.” –City of North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey
“With Knapheide locating in Charleston County, another key cornerstone has been laid for automotive success. As the company supports the Mercedes-Benz Vans Sprinter program, we know they will share in the mutual prosperity of this exciting opportunity.” –Charleston County Economic Development Director Steve Dykes