A company specializing in industrial packaging materials and paperboard converter has chosen to expand its operations in Dorchester County, investing $4.5 million into a new distribution and warehouse facility.
Atlantic Packaging, with roots in North Carolina, is planning to create 10 new area jobs by opening an additional 100,000-square-foot expansion by this fall. The site will be located in Eastport Commerce Center near Summerville, according to the county. To apply for employment with the business, send resumes to 101 Spaniel lane in Summerville.
The county said part of the facility will maintain climate-controlled space; and overall the warehouse will provide much-needed room for the company to increase productivity, as growth continues to envelope the Lowcountry.
“Our Dorchester County location gives us a strategic advantage to best serve our key customers in the region, which is evident in the robust growth we’ve seen in every facet of our business here,” said Wes Carter, company president, in a statement.
Atlantic Packaging serves a number of industries including automotive, textile and agriculture.
According to Gov. Henry McMaster in a press release, the business announcement is another example of “Team South Carolina’s strength.” Bobby Hitt, the Palmetto State’s secretary of commerce, also touted the state for its ongoing “business-friendly” culture “where companies can grow.”
Atlantic Packaging first started its packaging and distribution operations in the Summerville area in 2007. In 2014, the business took over a paperboard company in Louisiana, adding industrial converting and printing to its services, the county said. The acquisition prompted the company’s first local expansion—a 50,000-square-foot facility.
“We take pride in our thriving business climate,” said George Bailey, County Council chairman, “and Atlantic Packaging’s announcement of their second expansion in a five-year period is proof positive that Dorchester County values our existing industry and we’re working hard to support their growth.”
Atlantic Packaging was originally Atlantic Publishing, a company that journalist Horace Carter established in 1946 in Tabor City, North Carolina. Through his weekly newspaper, the Tabor City Tribune, he wrote editorials over a two-year period with a goal to expose and root out local racism.
Six years later, his journalistic efforts resulted in the publication’s securing a coveted Pulitzer Prize—the first one ever awarded to a weekly paper, according to the company’s website .
During the 1960s, the publishing company transitioned to add printing, paper converting, and office items to its product distribution list.
Atlantic eventually setup a regional operations site in Wilmington, North Carolina and two years ago constructed a packaging solution center—a $10 million investment—in Charlotte “with a focus on package testing, automation and e-commerce fulfillment,” according to its website.