S Korean battery storage firm planning $30M campus at Lowcountry commerce park
A South Korean company that provides storage for lithium-ion batteries plans to invest more than $30 million in a manufacturing site at Camp Hall Commerce Park in Ridgeville.
BSS Global Inc. plans to buy 14.6 acres at the industrial property off Interstate 26 for $4.23 million. State-owned electric utility Santee Cooper, which is marketing the Camp Hall site, approved the sale during its Oct. 23 board meeting.
BSS plans to employ more than 80 workers as part of its expansion into Berkeley County.
The real estate acquisition still needs approval from the S.C. Joint Bond Review Committee before it can be finalized.
The property, known as “Campus 7,” is near a site where Nevada-based Redwood Materials plans to recycle lithium-ion batteries for the electric vehicle industry. Redwood’s $3.5 billion investment is the largest industrial announcement in South Carolina.
“It’s a pretty nice thing to have out there,” Dan Camp, Santee Cooper’s vice president of real estate, said of BSS Global. He said the company won’t need any additional infrastructure, such as roads or water and sewer, beyond what the utility already has planned for the Camp Hall property.
A representative for BSS could not be reached for comment.
The company plans to build its factory in the northwest portion of the 4,000-acre Camp Hall property, where about one-third of the land has been set aside for industrial development. The bulk of the property, which is adjacent to the 2,800-acre Volvo Cars campus, will be kept as natural areas with walking and biking trails.
The BSS plans show three buildings totaling about 127,000 square feet surrounded by parking areas and outdoor storage.
Camp Hall is marketed as a turnkey site with most of the permitting, roads, power, waterlines and other infrastructure already in place. In addition to BSS and Redwood, the business park has attracted large warehouses, a distribution center for consumer products firm Unilever Manufacturing and a computing data center.
About 100 acres remain to be sold.
Palmetto Railways, a division of the S.C. Commerce Department, recently started construction of a $185 million rail line that will link Camp Hall to a CSX Corp. hub in Cross.
The industrial park will also feature the 114-acre Avian Commons, which will include a park with a soccer field, a pavilion and a variety of stores to provide goods and services for workers. The locally based convenience store chain Refuel is the first retailer to announce plans for the commercial site.