Chemical manufacturer Evonik Corp. is building a new plant in Berkeley County, creating more than 50 jobs in the process.
Evonik is a specialty-chemicals company that employs more than 33,000 collectively across more than 100 countries. The company produces chemicals for adhesives, cleaning products, construction materials and other applications.
The new plant, being built at the Charleston International Manufacturing Center, 1588 Bushy Park Road in Goose Creek, will produce silica for the tire industry. The silica is needed to produce fuel-efficient tires that can grip wet surfaces, resulting in less fuel consumption.
“The construction of a world-scale silica plant will strengthen our resource efficiency growth segment in the long term and boost our leading market position as a provider of silica,” Evonik Industries AG Executive Board Chairman Klaus Engel said. "This facility is an important part of our strategy to expand our position as a global partner for the automotive supplier industry."
Construction is expected to be complete by the middle of 2018.
“We are excited to welcome Evonik Corp. to the South Carolina family and to congratulate its leadership on the decision to invest in our people and our state," Gov. Nikki Haley said. "This $120 million investment, and the 50 new jobs it means for Berkeley County, is a real reason to celebrate, and we look forward to seeing the impact that this fantastic company will have in the Low Country."