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Marine-focused company invests $3.7 million in Mount Pleasant expansion

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A marine signage manufacturing and installation company from the Netherlands is expanding its operations in Charleston County with a $3.7 million investment, that could add 43 jobs to the region.

Bourne Group will base its headquarters in Mount Pleasant at 301 Ports Authority Drive, relocating from its previous space in North Charleston’s Navy Yard, a Charleston County Economic Development news release said.

Founded in 2007, Bourne Group has an international presence and roots in the maritime industry. The company’s portfolio includes maritime safety signs and service for cruise and commerce shipping industries.

Bourne Group Owner Patrick McNulty said the many people want to live in the Lowcountry, and the pandemic seems to have accelerated this trend.

“There is plenty of talent locally, and we hope the move and the investment in our facility will attract the type of workforce we will need to continue to be an industry leader and meet the annual growth Bourne Group typically experiences,” McNulty said.

The Mount Pleasant expansion will house operations for the company’s printing, digital cutting and CNC routing, logistics project management, sales and design.

The new facility is projected to be operational by the end of 2021.

“Investments to the facility will be made to improve productivity with the intent to develop a facility that is conducive to modern-day manufacturing,” Bourne Group Owner Gregg LoGuidice said.

Mayor Will Haynie said he was pleased the company selected Mount Pleasant after 15 years in South Carolina.

“Their relocation to Ports Authority Drive is a fulfillment of the Port District Master Plan and a win for this community. We look forward to the Bourne Group’s long-term success here in Mount Pleasant,” he said.

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