Aug
03

Jafza Logistics Center Plan Could Be Ready In Weeks

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August 03, 2008

By GENE ZALESKI – Times and Democrat

Jafza South Carolina LLC says it is on track to release a preliminary master plan for its proposed 1,300-acre logistics and distribution center by early September.

The preliminary master plan will aim to outline the company’s 20-year strategy for the Santee site, taking into account such variables as the price of oil, shifts in global trade, the widening of the Panama Canal and the opening of a proposed Jasper County port.

“In short, it will provide us a road map of how the project will proceed,” said Steven Eames, executive vice president for operations of Jafza Americas Inc. and Jafza South Carolina LLC.

“By looking at a wide range of factors, it will tell us what our building requirements are, what kinds of facilities we’ll build, where they will go and what the associated costs will be.”

The Dubai-based logistics company, a subsidiary of Dubai World, announced in September 2007 that it intends to invest between $600-700 million in Orangeburg County. Plans call for a logistics, manufacturing and distribution hub that could employ between 8,000 and 10,000 workers. It is projected to attract some $1.2 billion in private investment by 2030.

Jafza plans to break ground in Oct. 2009. The company hopes to have its first clients open for business in Orangeburg sometime in 2010.

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