Recent Location/Expansion Announcements in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach, Horry County, and South Carolina are all places where businesses thrive. We’re always honored when companies choose the Myrtle Beach region as a location for business, as we’re dedicated to fostering a productive and collaborative working environment for every company that locates or expands here. The Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation worked with the following organizations to facilitate moves into the greater Myrtle Beach region.

Laudisi Enterprises

Laudisi Enterprises, Inc., the parent company of SmokingPipes.com, Laudisi Distribution, Cornell & Diehl, Inc, and Low Country Pipe and Cigar and located in Longs, South Carolina, announced plans to invest $250,000 and hire an additional 35 full time employees over the next five years.   

Laudisi Enterprises, founded in 2000 by Sykes Wilford, has expanded and continued to grow its operations from online retailing to manufacturing and distribution over the past 17 years and currently employs approximately 80 full time employees at its Longs, SC facilities.  Every year since 2013, Laudisi has been included on the Inc’s 5000 fastest growing private companies in the US list, and www.SmokingPipes.com is now the largest retailer of premium pipes and pipe tobacco in the United States. 

  • Announced expansion in January 2018
  • Location: Longs, SC
  • Industry: Manufacturer, distributor, retailer
  • 80 full time employees, additional 35 over next five years
  • Investing additional $250,000 with expansion

 

“Laudisi is deeply committed to Horry County and we continue to see a bright future for the county. The company has been in Horry County for fifteen years as of this month. The changes we’ve seen here have been remarkable. We’re excited to continue to be a part of that story. Getting our latest expansion rolling has been quite the group effort, with support and guidance from the NMB and Little River Chambers of Commerce, SC Power Team, Horry Electric and, of course, MBREDC.” – Laudisi Enterprises, Inc. CEO, Sykes Wilford

Teknoware

Teknoware develops, manufactures, and supplies interior lighting systems for commercial vehicles, and emergency lighting systems for public premises and ships. The company offers bus lighting, customized vehicle lighting solutions, vehicle lighting references, train lighting, intelligent lighting control systems, and vehicle lighting electronics, as well as vehicle lighting after sales services. Major customers include Bombardier, Alstom, Kawasaki, Siemens, GE, Volvo, and Daimler.

  • Announced in November 2017
  • Location: Conway, SC
  • Industry: Interior lighting systems manufacturer
  • 45 new full time jobs
  • $5.875 million capital investment over five years

 

“Teknoware is excited to make this new investment and believes in the future Horry County is providing. It is a good place to grow the business and support our employees. After evaluation, Teknoware selected Horry County as the Company’s new US base of manufacturing operations. We appreciate all the help and support that we have received from the Horry County business community. We look forward to being a strong member of the local business community in Horry County.” ­­­–Teknoware CEO, Mikko Kosonen

Kingman Airline Services 

Kingman Airline Services’ decision to locate at the Myrtle Beach International Airport is a testament to great partnerships between the county, the airport, the City of Myrtle Beach, the MRBEDC, and the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics.

  • Announced in July 2016Aerospace is a key industry in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  • Location: Myrtle Beach International Airport
  • Industry: aviation maintenance, repair, & overhaul (MRO)
  • 180 full-time employees
  • $2.5 million capital investment over five years

 

“I was attracted to Horry County by their capabilities and culture. Horry County has experienced hands-on people committed to partnering with companies to improve and grow their business. We are very excited to join the Myrtle Beach Community.” – Kevin Dolan, President, Kingman Airline Services

Executive HeliJet

Executive HeliJet performs all aircraft maintenance and repair actions, including aircraft painting, interiors, avionics installations, engine and propeller overhaul services, phase and annual aircraft inspections, structural and sheet metal repair, as well as commercial airline maintenance and support. Additionally, the company operates a fleet of 25 aircraft, providing numerous flight services and pilot training.

  • Announced in May 2016
  • Location: Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Industry: Aviation Maintenance, Repair, & Overhaul (MRO)
  • 75 new full time jobs
  • $1 million capital investment over five years

 

“This is a wonderful result of the efforts of the MBREDC, Horry County Department of Airports, the City of Myrtle Beach and Horry County. The result of this combined collaboration has seen the demand for Aviation Business Growth for both Myrtle Beach International Airport and for Executive HeliJet. This expansion will position us to meet this increased business demand, and to provide job growth in the aviation sector and for the residents of Horry County.” Jeremy Bass, CEO of Executive HeliJet

Worksman Cycles

Worksman Cycles is the nation’s oldest bicycle manufacturing firm, starting operations in 1898 in New York. Conway is proud to be the home of Worksman Cycles, and we look forward to being their home for the next 100+ years.

  • Announced in September 2015
  • Location: Conway, SC
  • Industry: bicycle manufacturing
  • 50 full-time jobs
  • $2.5 million capital investment over five years

 

“The choice of Horry County was easy, as it stood head and shoulders above every other location we visited. It was the friendly business environment of South Carolina with its great access to sea, rail, and highway transportation as well as low-cost energy. The climate will also ease the strain that northeast winters placed on our operation. And finally, the quality of life for our workers with affordable housing options, low cost of living, and good schools.” – Wayne Sosin, President, Worksman Cycles