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The Business Narrative: Investing in Pickens County

Jun 21, 2024 12:09PM ● By Donna Walker

Carolina Handling Announces $23 Million Investment in Pickens County

Carolina Handling, a material handling systems integrator, announced it is growing its South Carolina footprint with a new operation in Pickens County. The $23.2 million investment will create 100 jobs in the next five years.


Carolina Handling will consolidate its four Upstate South Carolina distribution and logistics operations into a 267,000-square-foot facility in the Speedway Industrial & Technology Park located at 3800 Calhoun Memorial Highway in Easley.


Established in 1966, Carolina Handling develops strategic solutions to increase supply chain efficiency.


The company sells and services Raymond brand forklifts and warehouse equipment, and offers design, engineering and implementation services to improve safety and efficiency.


The new operation will house a warehouse, training facility, office space and customer experience center. Operations are expected to be online in spring 2025.


“Carolina Handling has experienced extraordinary growth in the past few years, and we expect that trend to continue in 2024 and beyond,” said Carolina Handling President and CEO Brent Hillabrand.


“The location, size and features of our new facility at Speedway Industrial & Technology Park in Pickens County will position us for future growth as we continue our evolution from a forklift-only provider to an integrated material handling solutions company. And it will allow us to realize large economies of scale by bringing our operations across the Upstate region of South Carolina under one roof.”


The Coordinating Council for Economic Development awarded a $250,000 Set-Aside grant to Pickens County to assist with the costs of site preparation and building construction.

Princeton NuEnergy Establishing Operations in Chester County

Princeton NuEnergy (PNE), an innovative clean technology company, announced it has selected Chester County to establish the company’s first South Carolina operation. The $11 million investment will create 41 jobs.


Founded out of Princeton University in 2019, PNE recycles lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles (EVs), consumer electronics, energy storage batteries and manufacturing scrap.


The company’s patented direct recycling technology enables the production of high-quality battery materials to be produced at a lower cost and environmental impact than traditional recycling processes.

PNE’s 25,000-square-foot facility, located at 564 Ecology Lane in Chester, will recycle lithium-ion batteries from EVs and manufacturing scrap to produce advanced blackmass and rejuvenated cathode active material.

Operations are expected to be online in the third quarter of 2024. Individuals interested in joining the PNE team should visit the company’s careers page.


“Having innovative companies like Princeton NuEnergy in South Carolina furthers our state’s contribution to the circular economy,” said Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III.


“Given sustainability’s important role in remaining competitive, this partnership advances South Carolina’s reputation as an alternative energy leader.”


The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits related to the project. The council also awarded a $500,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to Chester County.

David Moore & Partners Helps Charleston’s Rogue Motion Boat Sales & Storage Obtain Financing

David Moore & Partners, a business brokering and M&A firm, has secured more than $2 million in financing for Rogue Motion Boat Sales & Storage, a boat dealership in Charleston.


Rogue Motion will use the funds to purchase, upfit and move to 2026 Herbert St. in Charleston, following the loss of their lease at St. Andrews Boulevard and Sycamore Avenue in West Ashley.


The new facility is just under 5,000 feet, set on slightly more than an acre. The business expects to move there in July.  It’s currently operating from the Ryan’s parking lot near its former space.


In 2019, David Moore brokered the sale for Steven and Celeste Lefebvre to purchase Rogue Motion from its previous owners.


“David was a great resource when we wanted to buy this business five years ago,” Celeste Lefebvre says. “We turned to him again to help us identify funding for our new building and next phase of growth.”


David Moore, CEO of David Moore & Partners, has 20 years of experience providing M&A advice to businesses and individuals.

Charleston Rescue Dog Coconut the Subject of New Children’s Book

Gallopade International, distributor of Carole Marsh Books, has announced the release of “The Mystery of the Haunted Library” book series, starring Coconut, the author’s own real-life rescue dog, now available at


Coconut, now 7, was found on the streets of Charleston, South Carolina, at four weeks old, four pounds, lost, alone, and having seizures. A vet found Coconut, nursed her back to health and, via the rescue Noah’s Ark, made her way south to her forever home with children’s book author Carole Marsh.


“It was meant to be that someday I would find a home for Coconut in my books,” Marsh said from her writing studio in Beaufort, South Carolina.


In “The Mystery of the Haunted Library” series, a graphic novel chapter book with embedded narrative nonfiction, Coconut serves as the furry sidekick to the kids who solve mysteries in some of the world’s greatest libraries.


The award-winning author has garnered accolades for her prior series, which appeal to young readers ages 7-12. Her goal is to instill a love of reading, an appreciation of collaboration to solve problems, and a fascination with historical facts.


Artist Lee Barrow, a Savannah School of Art and Design graduate, designer, and illustrator, brings the places and characters to life.


The first five books of “The Mystery of the Haunted Library” series were released on June 1, and the sixth book will be released later in the summer. Carole Marsh is also the author of “The Mystery at Biltmore House,” “The Mystery on Hilton Head Island,” and “Tell Me Again How You Rescued Me.”


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