Regal Logistics, a Fife, Wash.-based third-party logistics company, has opened a new distribution center in Charleston, S.C.
The multimillion-dollar investment is expected to generate 30 new full-time jobs and 50 to 100 seasonal jobs, according to the South Carolina Department of Commerce.
The distribution center, which is in a 351,000-square-foot existing facility, is located three miles from I-526 and four miles from the Port of Charleston's main Wando Welch Terminal.
"Regal's expansion in Charleston is in direct response to manufacturers, importers and exporters' demand for an ideal East Coast ship point to satisfy major retailers like Walmart," said Regal Logistics Vice President Garry Neeves. "We're confident that Regal's facility will attract new business to the area in the form of manufacturers and importers shipping product through the Port of Charleston for distribution to major retailers in the East. In fact, it already has."
Regal provides distribution, pick-and-pack, export/import shipping, consolidation, cross-docking, transloading, drop-shipping, administrative support and value-added services at its new facility, according to the state.
"Our new warehouse in the U.S. Southeast compliments our Pacific Northwest distribution center operation and brings not only the benefits of bicoastal distribution-fuel savings, e-commerce shipping, reduced transit time and advantages of the expanded Panama Canal route-but also Port of Charleston pier efficiency and deep-water passage," Neeves said.
The Port of Charleston is the deepest port in the Southeast and one of the busiest ports among ports located in the Southeast and Gulf coasts, according to the state.