Charleston, South Carolina (August 5, 2010) – ALEXSEAL Yacht Coatings, the revolutionary paint system manufactured by German-based Mankiewicz Gebr. & Co, has moved their U.S. operations from St. Louis, Missouri to Charleston, South Carolina. Mankiewicz invested in renovating an existing 24,000 sq. ft. building, which has given rise to a state-of-the art lab, production, technical training and warehouse facility, as well as new employment opportunities for the local community.
Just like their coatings, the ALEXSEAL facility was created with the future in mind; incorporating a lab for product development and color matching, a modern spray booth for testing and training, wire-guided forklifts to reduce order pull times, Cat-6 Gigabit Ethernet wiring throughout, and enough surrounding land to more than double production to meet the growing demand for the product line.
This move provides faster access to ALEXSEAL shipments from Germany through the Charleston port of entry, decreased delay for West Coast shipments via direct access to the southern trucking routes, closer proximity to the hub of their U.S. customer base, and better resources for their employees. The new location, which Mankiewicz will also use to serve the U.S. aviation, automotive, medical and industrial markets, features a climate-controlled environment for all product stages from the lab to production to storage – helping to ensure their products maintain their superior, world renowned attributes. In addition, the efficiency of consolidating all operations from research and development to production, storage and shipping, as well as customer training and support, will allow the company to reduce lead times, and continue to provide exceptional products at extremely competitive prices.
“We have had a presence in Simpsonville, South Carolina for nearly 15 years and are excited to be able to expand our U.S. operations in this region. By expanding in South Carolina, we will strengthen our North American market presence and operate in a strong and business-friendly environment,” said Michael Grau, President and CEO of Mankiewicz Gebr. & Co.
“Mankiewicz has more than 100 years of experience in the production of paints and is a leading producer of coating systems serving a variety of industries. The company has been a part of the South Carolina’s business community for several years and we are pleased to see them grow their presence in our state. This announcement is a positive indication that our state’s business-friendly climate and strong workforce continue to attract new jobs and investment and help existing businesses grow. We wish Mankiewicz continued success in their endeavors and appreciate their decision to invest here,” said Joe Taylor, S.C. Secretary of Commerce.
“As a supplier to three of our region’s target industry clusters, Mankiewicz will add value well beyond the new jobs and investment they provide,” said Mitchell Bohannon, Chairman of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance. “By deepening our base of local suppliers, the company represents yet another reason for businesses to locate and expand here.”
Please update your records with the following: ALEXSEAL® Yacht Coatings – 415 Jessen Lane, Charleston, SC 29492 – Tel: 843-654-7755 Fax: 843-654-7759
For information about ALEXSEAL® Yacht Coatings please visit www.alexseal.com