Chemical manufacturer looks to bring 700 jobs to Bushy Park

By Liz Segrist
Published March 25, 2014

A chemical manufacturer looks to build a manufacturing facility and hire 700 workers in Berkeley County, according to a regulatory filing. (.pdf)

The unnamed company, referred to as “Project Striker,” aims to build a new manufacturing facility, rail spur and marine terminal in the Bushy Park Industrial Complex, according to a March 25 filing with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Charleston District and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

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Cooper River Partners LLC, the owner and operator of Bushy Park, is listed as the applicant on the filing. Spartanburg-based Pacolet-Milliken Enterprises Inc. acquired Cooper River Partners and the 1,600-acre industrial park last week.

The park has roughly 500 acres available for development, according to the business park’s website.

The manufacturing plant requires at least 200 acres located in a zoned industrial area; the ability to expand existing plant utilities; ready access to rail; and a deepwater terminal able to receive ongoing vessels that transport ethanol, according to the filing.

The company’s new facility will produce approximately 1,200 tons per day of consumer grade polyethylene terephthalate for use in the North American market. Polyethylene terephthalate is a major polymer used extensively in the packaging industry, often to produce plastic bottles for drinks.

The facility’s manufacturing processes will use a new technology that relies on sugarcane as the raw material rather than fossil fuel inputs.

“The facility will support local industries, and the expeditious completion of the manufacturing facility and subsequent operation is vital to strengthen the S.C. economy and technically sophisticated manufacturing in the United States as a whole,” the filing said.

The applicant requested to fill 10.5 acres of freshwater wetlands, build a wharf, install a water intake and dredge roughly 93 acres in the Cooper River from the end of the existing federal channel to the proposed dock location.

The applicant requested a 10-year permit for maintenance dredging and proposes to dispose of the dredged material in the Yellow House Creek confined disposal facility.

The site is currently a pine plantation that was recently thinned as part of the site’s timber management plan. Upon development, the remaining timber will be harvested.

The proposed plant would include offices, labs, manufacturing and process facilities, a railroad system, roads and storage facilities.

The company anticipates the 700 jobs will be a mix of full-time hourly and salaried employees.

Reach Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119 or @lizsegrist on Twitter.

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