CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - A Lowcountry software development company announced the expansion of the business that will bring 310 new jobs to Berkeley County.
SPARC, a provider of information technology services to the government and commercial sectors, is investing more that $11 million to expand operations and at the same time, consolidate those operations to a single campus.
award-winning culture has filled our current building to capacity, so we're
excited to build a full campus for our team," said Eric Bowman, SPARC CEO. "The
new multi-building environment will not only deliver a great place to do
business for our team, partners, and customers, but enable us to create over 300
new technology and professional jobs here in the
The new facilities will include greater amenities and better meeting space, as well as a new auditorium. The company expects the new faciliites to also offer the potential for future expansion.
"We celebrate SPARC's decision invest more than $11 million and create 310 new
jobs in Berkeley County. More and more companies are realizing that South
Carolina is the ‘it' state to put down roots because they see companies like
SPARC find success and grow here. It shows we know the importance of supporting
our existing businesses," said Gov. Nikki Haley.
Charleston Mayor Joe Riley expressed similar sentiment.
"The rise and success of SPARC is a national level success
story and I congratulate CEO Eric Bowman and his team for their tremendous
achievements. Today's announcement foretells yet another amazing chapter in the
Riley added, "Also, the construction of another building as a part of SPARC's
campus and the growth of 300 more high tech jobs confirms Charleston's very
prominent role as a leader in the growth of the knowledge economy in our
country. This is another example following last week's announcement by
BenefitFocus of adding 300 high tech jobs, of the explosive growth in the
Charleston's Digital Corridor."
The company is purchasing the building it currently operates at 2387 Clements Ferry Road and intends to construct an additional building, giving the company at least 80,000 square feet of space. The Construction is expected to begin in January, and the new building will be in use for the fourth quarter of 2013.
"It is great
to see another high-tech company like SPARC build on its success in the Palmetto
State. Today's announcement is the second one we've had in the information
technology sector in the Lowcountry in the past two weeks. Investments like this
showcase the diversity of South Carolina's and that our state is just right for
these firms," said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.
The company is hiring for new positions. Anyone interested in job opportunities should CLICK HERE. The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job developing credits, which will be available when hiring targets are met.
"SPARC is one
of the new high-tech, high energy corporations that continues to move us toward
the next generation of technical solutions. I'm excited and encouraged to see
the tech industry continue to grow and prosper in Berkeley County," said
Berkeley County Supervisor Dan Davis.
Charleston region is one of the nation's fastest growing mid-size metros for
IT/software jobs, because companies and talent know they'll be successful here,"
said Wayne Hall, Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board chairman. "SPARC
is consistently rated as a great place to work and we're pleased they've chosen
to expand and deepen their roots in Berkeley County. It's a testament to our
region's skilled workforce and business-friendly