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LowcountryBizSC: Frampton Construction underway on manufacturing distribution center project for IFA

Frampton Construction Company, LLC, a regional full-service construction firm providing planning and design support, preconstruction, and construction services, has been selected by German-based automotive supplier IFA to build a new 234,000-square foot industrial manufacturing facility in Berkeley County. The facility will include a 17,500-square foot office area and 216,500 square feet of warehouse and manufacturing space. Construction started in May of 2017 and is expected to be complete by March of 2018.

Frampton Construction assembled a team of partners, including the Keith Corporation, project developer, and McMillan Pazdan Smith, project architect, to pursue and ultimately win the build-to-suit commission.

“Frampton has consistently delivered results over and beyond what they committed to during the negotiation phase. Their ability to exceed expectations is remarkable and their level of professionalism impressive. After a long and detailed selection process, it’s clear that IFA partnered with the right company for our project.  We’re confident that Frampton will continue to exceed our expectations and deliver outstanding results through the project’s completion,” said Mauro Amarante, IFA North America president and CEO.


Photo: Chad Frampton, CEO of Frampton Construction, joins officials from IFA and Berkeley County at a groundbreaking ceremony held on July 20 to celebrate the start of construction on the project. Pictured left to right are Jon Bagget – S.C. Department of Commerce, Chad Frampton – CEO,  Frampton Construction, Bill Peagler – Berkeley County Government, Eckart Reihlen – COO, IFA Group, Mauro Amarante – CEO, IFA North America, and Ken Beuley – CFO, The Keith Corporation.



IFA, one of Charleston’s top 10 employers in the manufacturing sector, will be among other major manufacturers entering Charleston’s newest Class A industrial business park, the Charleston Trade Center. The 750-acre trade center located along Interstate 26 offers unrivaled port proximity and a business-friendly environment.

Frampton Construction CEO Chad Frampton commented, “We and our partners were honored to have been selected for this exciting new development in Berkeley County. It’s been a long-term, now realized vision of Mauro’s, and it’s rewarding to see the project underway. As IFA deepens their roots here and grows their North American presence, we’re excited to play a role.”

When complete, IFA will consolidate its existing Ladson, S.C., operations into the facility to accommodate the company’s growth and expanding product line. At a groundbreaking ceremony onsite July 20, officials from the company noted that the development is projected to bring $69 million of capital investment and create more than 120 new jobs in the tri-county area.

As one of the largest manufacturers of propshafts in the world, IFA assembles approximately two million state-of-the-art propshafts every year in Ladson, S.C. The company was established in 2002 and currently employs more than 600 people in the United States, serving many of the largest global automobile manufacturers.


Frampton Construction

Frampton Construction is a regional full-service construction firm with financial strength and industry knowledge born of years of experience employing proven procedures. Frampton Construction offers planning and design support, preconstruction, construction services, and sustainability services. The dedicated team of professionals takes pride in building strong relationships with clients while providing the highest quality of service. They deliver executive leadership and personal oversight throughout the building process, while working diligently to exceed the expectations of every client. With offices in Charleston, S.C., and Charlotte, N.C., the company is positioned to manage projects in the Carolinas and beyond. For more information, please visit http://frampton.construction/ or call 843-572-2400.

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