NexGen Composites LLC, a manufacturer of composite structural panels, is launching its first Charleston County operation in North Charleston.
The company's first operation will be at 7281 Cross Park Drive, North Charleston. NextGen will initially invest $100,000 in the next two years and will have five open positions available at the start: three full-time manufacturing jobs and two engineering/management roles. The company plans to add 18 jobs over the next five years.
NexGen considered expanding in Dayton, Ohio, before choosing North Charleston.
“We are excited to establish a manufacturing facility in Charleston," NexGen President and CEO Dr. Rob Banerjee said. "This new facility will specialize in the design and manufacturing of containerized structures as well as welding, fabrication and assembly of lightweight aluminum structures. The Charleston facility will greatly complement our fiberglass composite panel manufacturing capabilities in Ohio. The availability of skilled workforce, proximity to the Port of Charleston and key customers were important factors in our decision to select this strategic location."
Banerjee said the business-friendly climate and the support from the regional economic development authorities have been extremely helpful.
Founded in 2012 in Dayton, NexGen makes panels for modular shelters, shipping containers and specialty military or commercial projects. The company’s products are unique due to extensive use of its proprietary lightweight, corrosion-resistant, fire-rated, fiberglass composite insulated panels. NexGen also specializes in containerized structures as well as welding and fabrication of lightweight aluminum structures.
“The Charleston region is fortunate to have NexGen Composites join the ranks of our growing innovative ecosystem," Charleston County Council Chairman J. Elliott Summey said. "Our strong workforce, culture and key connections to the defense industry will provide advantages for NexGen Composites to excel, and we look forward to supporting the company in its endeavors for years to come."
401 Belle Oaks Drive, , North Charleston, SC 29405