Supplier JBE Inc. to expand aerospace work into Hanahan, create 20 jobs

Staff Report
Published June 24, 2014

JBE Inc. plans to grow its aerospace work with an expansion into Berkeley County.

The Hartsville-based supplier for automotive, aerospace and industrial electrical industries plans to create about 20 jobs in Hanahan, according to an announcement from Gov. Nikki Haley’s office.

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The company said the expansion will also help it better serve its customers by being closer to the Port of Charleston.

“As a supplier for Boeing and Cummins, JBE supports two vital industry sectors — aerospace and automotive — that are instrumental in growing our region’s economic prosperity,” Bob Whitten, chairman of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance board, said in a statement.

The family-owned company was founded in 1982 and has 55 employees. It provides subassembly and manufacturing services to Boeing, Cummins, Otis Elevator, Honda, Sonoco, Hengst and ABB.

In 2011, JBE announced plans add 20 jobs in Darlington County and was selected by the Boeing Co. to participate in a mentoring program for potential suppliers.

“Our first thank-you, in helping JBE Inc. grow and succeed over the years, goes to the people that we have here and the way that we feel about them being a part of our family. Without them, these last 30 years would not have been possible,” said Jerry Ellison, JBE president and CEO. He also thanked the CRDA, Berkeley County, Hanahan and the S.C. Commerce Department.

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