Charleston construction firm will build 234,000-square-foot plant for auto supplier in Berkeley County

German auto supplier IFA tapped a local company to craft its manufacturing operation in Berkeley County.

Frampton Construction Company LLC, based in Charleston, will build a 234,000-square-foot industrial plant, to consist of a 17,500-square-foot office and 216,500 square feet of warehouse and manufacturing space. Construction started in May; the project is scheduled for completion by March.

The company helped put together a construction team that includes Keith Corp., project developer; and McMillan Pazdan Smith, project architect.

“Frampton has consistently delivered results over and beyond what they committed to during the negotiation phase. Their ability to exceed expectations is remarkable and their level of professionalism impressive,” says Mauro Amarante, president and chief executive of IFA North America.

IFA will be located in Charleston’s newest Class A industrial business park — the Charleston Trade Center. The 750-acre spread along Interstate 26 offers port proximity and a business-friendly environment.

“We and our partners were honored to have been selected for this exciting new development in Berkeley County," construction company chief executive Chad Frampton says. "As IFA deepens their roots here and grows their North American presence, we’re excited to play a role,” he says.

When complete, IFA will consolidate its existing Ladson operations into the new plant to accommodate the company’s growth and expanding product line, Frampton Construction notes. At a July 20 groundbreaking ceremony, IFA officials noted the development is projected to bring $69 million of capital investment and produce more than 120 new jobs in the greater Charleston area.

IFA, one of the largest manufacturers of propshafts in the world, assembles 2 million propshafts a year in Ladson. The company was established in 2002 and employs more than 600 people in the U.S.

Frampton Construction, which has offices in Charleston and Charlotte, provides a host of planning and design support, pre-construction, construction services and sustainability services. Go to or call 843-572-2400.

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