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Charles River Labs Expanding Charleston County Operations

December 20, 2018

Columbia, S.C. – Charles River Labs, a leading, full-service drug discovery and early-stage development company, today announced an expansion of its existing Charleston County operations. The company’s $10.9 million investment is projected to create approximately 180 new jobs. 

Charles River Labs provides essential products and services to help pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, government agencies and leading academic institutions accelerate research and drug development efforts. Founded in Charleston, S.C. in 1987, the company’s Microbial Solutions business division has experienced significant growth. To accommodate this growth, the company is constructing a new administrative office building at 1023 Wappoo Road in Charleston to allow for increased manufacturing and staffing. 

Hiring for the new positions is already underway, and interested applicants should visit the company’s careers page online

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. 


“South Carolina is a hub of innovation due to the state’s commitment to research and development and strong partnerships with universities. South Carolina provides an excellent climate and highly-skilled workforce, and we are pleased to expand our presence here.” –Charles River Labs Corporate Senior Vice President Foster Jordan

“South Carolina is proud to have cutting-edge companies, like Charles Rivers Labs, operating – and expanding – within our borders. This firm’s success here is a perfect illustration that industries of all types are prospering in South Carolina.” –Gov. Henry McMaster

“Today’s announcement by Charles River Labs is further proof that South Carolina is home to a burgeoning life sciences industry. I look forward to seeing all that this innovative company will achieve as it continues to grow and thrive in the Lowcountry.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Charles River Labs is making a $10.9 million investment in their operations in Charleston County, further demonstrating their commitment to the Lowcountry. Their expansion is exciting for West Ashley and encouraging for the future of life sciences in our region.” –Charleston County Council Chairman Victor Rawl

“The success of Charles River Labs in West Ashley highlights the biomedical industry growth in Charleston. We are proud that they’ve chosen to continue to invest in our community.” –Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg

“Our department’s longstanding relationship with Charles River Labs has been fruitful as we celebrate another expansion at their West Ashley facility and the addition of 180 new jobs to Charleston County. We will continue to support their growth through our Business Concierge program.” –Charleston County Economic Development Executive Director Steve Dykes