Companies Pulling Supply Chain to Jedburg

September 15, 2008

By Molly Parker – Charleston Regional Business Journal

The rural, one-stoplight community of Jedburg could soon become an industrial hub.

Massive plans for new large-scale distribution and manufacturing facilities total about 17 million square feet. Four powerhouse commercial real estate companies — and a few smaller players as well — are planning to build these facilities on parcels of land located just off Exit 194 on Interstate 26 in Berkeley County.

“It is pure geography,” said Curt Grantham, president and CEO of Trammell Crow Carolinas Development Inc. and senior managing director of Trammell Crow Co., based in Dallas. “You have very few large sites that can accommodate industrial uses, have good access to the interstate systems and are priced competitively enough to support distribution uses.”

His company paid $6 million in mid-August for 97 acres of the former Baucom Nursery owned by an affiliate company in Charlotte, N.C., called Eastway Properties LLC. The closing allows Trammell Crow to move forward on the site with the first phase of its Omni Commerce Park. Plans call for construction of a 505,000-square-foot building to begin this month and wrap up by next summer.

The other major developers planning sites in Jedburg are Ross Perot Jr.’s Hillwood Development Co., also headquartered in Dallas; The Rockefeller Group out of New York; and Johnson Development Associates from Spartanburg.


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