On June 18, Bayer Heritage Federal Credit Union celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony in Nexton for its newest branch. The facility will be located at 343 Brighton Park Boulevard and will be the third Bayer Heritage in the tri-county area, corporate officials said. Two others operate in Goose Creek.
“The way things are here in South Carolina…you almost have to try not to succeed,” said Bob Burrow, Bayer’s president and CEO, about the state’s current business climate. “We intend for this to be a jewel in this development.”
After speaking, Burrow led the small crowd in a brief prayer for the business, the property and the Nexton development as a whole. Local leaders also praised Bayer as evidence of the business growth that’s continuing to overlap between the Town of Summerville and Berkeley County, and its vitality to funding public services.
“Businesses are the backbone of our tax structure and our funding,” said Mayor Wiley Johnson. “We can’t operate without businesses; we can’t just simply be a bedroom community, even though we’ve been one for a long time. We’ve got to have a mix, and you guys (Bayer) have shown faith in the area.”
County Supervisor Johnny Cribb echoed Johnson’s words.
“Business development is really critical in the state of South Carolina and especially in Berkeley County,” he said. “Our tax rate is very favorable, and we try to provide the best level of service we can at that rate. …We know this will be an important business in this community.”
Bayer was established in in 1957 as a full-service financial institution. The company said it boasts more than 35,000 members and $5 billion-plus in assets.
Actual construction on the Summerville branch is set to start this month, with a projected completion date of February 2020.
On June 21, CEMS Engineering officially relocated its architecture services to its brand-new, 20,000-square-foot headquarters at 108 Bentons Lodge Road in Summerville.
Company growth has prompted the expansion of CEMS design and production areas; the executive office building will also house project management, engineering, marketing, finance and administration, according to CEMS.
“We are excited to have a first-class facility that reflects our first-class TEAM,” said Stephen Mahaffey, president and CEO, in a statement.
The building’s innovative design includes permeable paving, native landscape buffers, continuous air barriers, high efficiency mechanical systems and LED lighting.
On June 25, Taco Boy opened its third Charleston-area location at 106 Front Street in Summerville’s Nexton community. The popular Mexican bar and restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Other locations include Folly Beach and downtown Charleston.
Summerville Community Hospice House, a $6 million site for inpatient hospice services, had a ribbon cutting and blessing ceremony on June 27. The facility is located at 374 Myers Road in Summerville but also serves patients from across the greater Charleston area.
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