Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Zucker is a big name in Charleston area business that is about to get bigger.
InterTech Group President Jonathan Zucker announced at a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday that TIGHITCO, Inc., will bring 350 jobs to Ladson in the company’s brand-new facility at 8450 Palmetto Commerce Parkway.
The 100,000 square foot building is climate controlled and well lit. It houses offices and a manufacturing floor where various components for airplanes will be built.
The company brings a $40 million investment to the Lowcountry.
Zucker told reporters the jobs will range from administrative to engineering to military project management.
Gov. Nikki Haley, North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey along with other local elected officials and business leaders attended the ribbon cutting.
“Get excited,” Haley said to an audience of about 100 as her voiced echoed through the manufacturing room. “This is a state-of-the-art quality aerospace supplier.
They’re supplying companies we already have…GE, Honeywell, Daimler, Caterpillar, Boeing…you look at all these great companies we already have and instead of choosing any other place in the country they could go they wanted to bring it home to South Carolina.”
“It’s all about jobs, jobs and more jobs,” Charleston County Council Chairperson Teddie Pryor said.
North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said the late Jerry Zucker advanced his company but his family always came first.
“Your dad would be very proud of you,” Summey said to Jonathan Zucker, son of the late Jerry Zucker. “You’ve done a great job. We’re very proud of you.
“This is not just another company coming to the area. This is such a far advancement in technology for providing the type of workplace we need for our people.
“The jobs you create will go down in history as some of the most important in South Carolina.”
InterTech Group Chairperson & CEO Anita Zucker was then welcomed to the podium. She is the mother of Jonathan Zucker.
“My late husband Jerry and I chose Charleston as our home in July of 1978,” Mrs. Zucker said. “We saw Charleston as an ideal place to raise our family.
“We see our region developing into a hub for the aerospace industry. Today as a business community we are ready to take our place on the world’s stage. Now more than ever business is global. We can view it from the charming ports of Charleston.”
TIGHITCO President Peter Nicholas said this is TIGHITCO’s sixth facility and the company currently employs 700 people. The company covers a broad range of businesses that include aerospace and the defense market.
“I used to tell Anita, if there’s an airplane flying we’ve got something on it,” Nicholas said.
He continued that the new facility is set to eventually expand to 300,000 square feet when phase two and three of the project are complete. He said they are currently in phase one.
The facility will manufacture carbon fiber composites and airplane wingtips that are about 6 feet tall and four feet wide, Zucker said.
The decision to open the facility in the Lowcountry came in part because of its proximity to many existing customers and for the opportunity to have a flagship in the area the Zuckers call home, according to Zucker.