Gerber Childrenswear building Berkeley County distribution center

Construction is underway on a Gerber Childrenswear, LLC distribution center in Berkeley County, South Carolina.

The $33 million facility is expected to create 45 new jobs over the next five years.

Gerber Childrenswear, a marketer of children’s apparel including such brands as Gerber, Jockey and New Balance, was launched in 1980. Gerber Childrenswear is headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, and has offices in New York City and Bentonville, Arkansas.

The company’s state-of-the-art distribution center in Berkeley County is being built in The Rockefeller Group – MeadWestvaco Foreign Trade Zone, a joint-venture of The Rockefeller Group and WestRock Land and Development, formerly MWV. The 477,000-square-foot facility will have easy access to the Port of Charleston and South Carolina’s network of five interstate highways.

“Gerber Childrenswear is thrilled to invest in Berkeley County and to work with Rockefeller Group and MWV on our new facility as we continue our relationship with the Charleston Port Zone," Gerber Childrenswear President and CEO Gary Simmons said. "The investment in this new facility is one of our largest to date and reflects our commitment to South Carolina and plans for future growth."

The facility is expected to be up and running by the second quarter of 2016; hiring will take place in the first quarter of 2016. Interested applicants should contact after Dec. 1.

“It is with great excitement that we welcome Gerber Childrenswear here to Berkeley County, where Berkeley County means business, and Berkeley County is open for business," Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler said. "Berkeley County is proud to support Gerber Childrenswear and their work to serve young families throughout Berkeley County, South Carolina and the world. Our commitment is to assist Gerber Childrenswear in job creation opportunities and additional business opportunities for many years to come."

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