Shimano breaks ground on S.C. expansion project

Staff Report
Published Oct. 12, 2012

Shimano American Corp., a maker of fishing tackle and bicycle components, broke ground Thursday on a 99,000-square-foot expansion of its distribution center in Charleston County.

The project will double the company’s original investment and increase employment at the facility by 50%.

“With this investment, it’s much more than just doubling the size at our South Carolina facility — we'll also be prepared for both current and future distribution needs for all our brands,” said Dave Pfeiffer, president of Shimano American Corp.

Shimano currently operates from a 102,000-square-foot facility at 9550 Palmetto Commerce Parkway, built in 2006. The expansion project was announced this summer. 

“This a needed positive step in order to increase services to our business partners up and down the East Coast, and throughout the Midwest and Southern states,” he added. “We look forward to our South Carolina facility playing a larger role in Shimano’s operations in the U.S., and we appreciate the cooperation we’ve received from local, regional and state agencies in our expansion plans.”

Along with the added capacity, the expanded facility “will allow Shimano to improve our material handling automation processes, and will also provide us with nearly 3,000 square feet of needed office space,” said  Allen Johnston, senior manager of operations.

The company distributes Shimano bicycle components and fishing tackle, G.Loomis fishing rods and PowerPro fishing lines from the North Charleston facility. When the improvements are complete, Shimano will add the distribution of its Pearl Izumi technical cycling and running products, and also Jackall brand fishing lures, to the facility.

Shimano American Corp. is the U.S. subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Shimano Inc.

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