One of the biggest drivers of warehouse construction and jobs growth in recent years has been e-commerce, but other industries are likewise seeing an increase of demand in this regard as well. That is certainly the case in South Carolina, where two very different companies recently announced plans to build sizable warehouses.
One, the audio equipment production company Audio-Technica recently opened a warehouse in Mount Holly, South Carolina, to house the growing number of devices it makes to catch the new wave of vinyl record production, according to a report from the Goose Creek Gazette. Currently, the warehouse employs five people, but that Berkeley County facility could double its employee total in the near future.
A better capacity
While Audio-Technica makes many audio products - including microphones and headphones - its reason for the new facility was the growing demand for record turntables seen in many parts of the country, but the East Coast in particular, the report said. Mount Holly's proximity to ports in the Southeast, as well as its location relative to highways large and small, made it an ideal location for the company. In all, the facility cost some $3.3 million to build.
Other operations in the Palmetto State
Meanwhile, about two and a half hours north in Fort Mill, South Carolina, Nation Ford Chemical recently commissioned a new warehouse for its existing corporate campus, the company announced. This facility will be approximately 16,500 square feet, and will include more loading docks so NFC can more efficiently carry out its warehousing operations.
"As in every project we undertake, NFC looks to be cost-effective and efficient," said NFC president Jay Dickson. "We took advantage of double-deep pallet racks to utilize the space as effectively as possible. This design allows us to fit more materials in the warehouse, along with providing additional organization."
While it's unclear exactly how many people will be employed at the new warehouse once it's completed, NFC already has plans to keep improving infrastructure on its campus, including the addition of a training facility among other amenities.
As a consequence of increased hiring for warehouses in South Carolina and beyond, it's vital for those in warehouse staffing to make sure they're doing all they can to reach the most qualified workers in their field, with offerings of high hourly pay and generous benefits. Doing so will help them compete in an increasingly tight market.