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Mercedes supplier to open Berkeley County operation

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Mercedes-Benz Vans’ expanding campus in Ladson has attracted another automotive supplier to the Lowcountry.

Thermo King, a producer of refrigeration and temperature-control systems for the automotive and trucking industries, said it will open a manufacturing operation in Berkeley County. The company did not disclose the address.

The manufacturer will supply heavy-duty mobile air conditioning solutions for Mercedes’ new Sprinter van model. Mercedes’ $500 million expansion, which kicked off in 2015, is on schedule to roll off the first new vans by 2020.

Thermo King plans to invest $2.6 million and hire 25 people for its new operation, according to a news release. This is the fourth S.C. location for the company; it also operates in Columbia, Florence and Myrtle Beach.

“We are excited to expand our business in the dynamic Charleston market,” Ritchie McQueeney, president of Thermo King Charleston, said in the release. “The new ThermoKing of Charleston facility will allow our company to support our clients, improve delivery and optimize custom options in the ever-changing transport temperature control and automotive industries.”

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