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SC: Gerber Childrenswear to Invest $33M, Build Lowcountry Distribution Center

6 Aug, 2015


Gerber Childrenswear LLC, a leading marketer of children's apparel, is constructing a new distribution center in Berkeley County. The $33 million investment is expected to create 45 new jobs over the next five years.

Established in 1980, Gerber Childrenswear is based in Greenville, S.C., with offices in New York City and Bentonville, Arkansas. Providing a wide variety of everyday apparel for a child's needs, some of the company's licensed brands include its flagship brand, Gerber®, as well as Jockey®, NFL® and New Balance®. Proprietary brands include Onesies® and Always Baby®. Included in Gerber Childrenswear diverse product offerings are everything from layette, sleepwear, playwear and sports-related apparel to undergarments, hosiery, bibs and bedding, as well as cloth and reusable diapers.

The company's new, state-of-the-art distribution center in Berkeley County will be located in The Rockefeller Group - MeadWestvaco Foreign Trade Zone, a joint-venture of The Rockefeller Group and WestRock Land and Development (formerly MWV). Located in close proximity to Interstate 26, the 477,000-square-foot facility will provide Gerber Childrenswear with convenient access to the Port of Charleston, as well as South Carolina's network of five interstate highways, allowing the company to efficiently serve its growing customer base in North America and around the globe.

Anticipated to be fully operational in the second quarter of 2016, hiring for this facility is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2016. Those interested in joining the Gerber Childrenswear team at the new facility should contact humanresources@gerberchildrenswear.comafter December 1, 2015. For more information on the company, visit www.gerberchildrenswear.com.

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

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"Gerber Childrenswear is thrilled to invest in Berkeley County and to work with Rockefeller Group and MWV on our new facility, as we continue our relationship with the Charleston Port Zone. The investment in this new facility is one of our largest to date and reflects our commitment to South Carolina and plans for future growth. This facility will service our traditional retail accounts but also be built to handle direct-to-consumer purchases, reflecting growth in e-commerce. We appreciate the strong support by the county and state in this strategic investment." -Gerber Childrenswear LLC President and CEO Gary Simmons

"It's always exciting when a company like Gerber Childrenswear decides to create new jobs in our state. This $33 million investment in a new distribution center and the 45 new jobs it will create will have a real impact on Berkeley County and in the Lowcountry. We look forward to supporting Gerber Childrenswear as they continue to grow and thrive in our state." -Gov. Nikki Haley 

"South Carolina's transportation, logistics and distribution industry continues to thrive, and today's announcement by Gerber Childrenswear is proof of that. With this facility, Gerber Childrenswear will be joining an impressive roster of globally-recognized firms that have recently decided to do business in the Lowcountry, and I look forward to watching them succeed there for many years to come." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

"It is with great excitement that we welcome Gerber Childrenswear here to Berkeley County, where Berkeley County means business, and Berkeley County is open for business. Berkeley County is proud to support Gerber Childrenswear and their work to serve young families throughout Berkeley County, South Carolina and the world. Our commitment is to assist Gerber Childrenswear in job creation opportunities and additional business opportunities for many years to come." -Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler

"South Carolina Ports Authority congratulates Gerber Childrenswear on expanding their footprint in our state. We welcome them to Berkeley County and look forward to handling their increased import cargo needs through our capable Charleston facilities. The growth of distribution centers in South Carolina is reflective of our proximity to the expanding Southeastern consumer population as well as the connectivity to international manufacturers and markets necessary for import distribution." -South Carolina Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome

Five  Fast Facts

Gerber Childrenswear is establishing distribution operations in Berkeley County.

$33 million investment creating 45 new jobs over the next five years.

Headquartered in Greenville SC, the company was established in 1980.

The company's new 477,000-square-foot facility will be located in The Rockefeller Group - MeadWestvaco Foreign Trade Zone in Berkeley County.

Those interested in joining the Gerber Childrenswear team should contact humanresources@gerberchildrenswear.com after December 1, 2015.

About Gerber Childrenswear

Gerber Childrenswear LLC is a leading socially responsible marketer of children's everyday basic/fashion apparel and related products which it offers under some of the world's trusted brands. Licensed brands include our flagship brand, Gerber®, as well as New Balance®, Jockey® and NFL®. Proprietary brands include Onesies® and Always Baby®. The company sells layette, sleepwear, playwear, undergarments, accessories, hosiery, bibs/burp cloths, bath and bedding, as well as reusable and cloth diapers, to all channels of distribution. For additional information about the company, please visit www.Gerberchildrenswear.com

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