Ingevity today celebrated the grand opening of its newly constructed Innovation Center in North Charleston with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by approximately 45 people. The center will add 24 jobs to the Charleston economy.
Michael Wilson, president and CEO, Ingevity, opened the ceremony with a few remarks followed by words from Bob King, mayor pro tem, city of North Charleston, and Steve Dykes, executive director, Charleston County Economic Development. Guests and representatives of the media then toured the new facility.
Constructed to enrich Ingevity’s technical innovation capabilities, the Innovation Center will position the company to serve important global growth businesses in rapidly changing and competitive markets. “Working side-by-side with our customers at this center, we will be able to jointly research new technologies and products to help protect, enhance and purify the world around us,” said Wilson.
Ingevity is among the top 50 chemical companies in the U.S., employing around 500 people in the Charleston area and more than 1,500 worldwide.
“It’s often said that business doesn’t sit still; it’s constantly changing and growing. To remain competitive in a dynamic economy, the State of South Carolina must continue to do all it can to cultivate a positive environment for innovation, technology and entrepreneurial activity,” said South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “This new Ingevity Innovation Center will do just that, positioning both this region and our state for continued economic success.”
“Today, we take part in announcing the success of a strong, vibrant company, a capable workforce, and a business friendly community. We are proud to have Ingevity as part of our city, applaud their expansion, and very much look forward to the company’s future accomplishments,” said Mayor Keith Summey. “As always, it is the goal of the City of North Charleston to maintain an environment for businesses to flourish and be ever-attentive to the needs of our local industries.”
“Congratulations to Ingevity as they open this Innovation Center,” said Chairman Elliott Summey of Charleston County Council. “Ingevity is an undisputed chemical industry leader, producing cutting-edge products that are environmentally –sensitive and sustainable. We are proud to be the community hosting this important work, and we look forward to a long partnership together.”
Ingevity: Purify, Protect and Enhance
Ingevity provides specialty chemicals and high-performance carbon materials and technologies that help customers solve complex problems. These products are used in a variety of demanding applications, including asphalt paving, oil exploration and production, agrochemicals, adhesives, lubricants, printing inks and automotive components that reduce gasoline vapor emissions. Through a team of talented and experienced people, Ingevity develops, manufactures and brings to market products and processes that purify, protect and enhance the world around us. Headquartered in North Charleston, S.C., Ingevity operates from 25 locations around the world and employs approximately 1,500 people. The company is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: NGVT). For more information, visit www.ingevity.com.