It has been 13 years since Dubai World, the parent company of Jafza International, said it was considering Orangeburg County for a $600-700 million logistics, manufacturing and distribution hub.
Although the company purchased land in the Santee area, the project never materialized as planned following the global economic recession that began in December 2007.
But there’s movement again at the 1,322-acre South Carolina Gateway Industrial Park, formerly JAFZA Magna Park.
“It’s under construction,” Orangeburg County Development Commission Executive Director Gregg Robinson said in October. “Dirt is moved.”
Two blocks have been constructed on the site to house future speculative buildings attracting businesses to the area.
One pad is on a 22 acre site and will house a 250,000 square foot speculative building. The other pad is a 20-acre site and will house a 125,000 square foot speculative building, according to the project’s website.
Orangeburg County Council agreed in April to provide DP World with financial incentives to develop plots for future buildings.
The plots will be placed in a multi-county industrial/business park with Dorchester County. The multi-county park is an incentive mechanism to promote economic development.
The 125,000 square foot building is an expandable Class A structure with sloped walls that can be subdivided for smaller users.
The park’s master plan calls for over 6.5 million square feet of building space. Approximately 350 acres are currently available for sale or custom development.
Signage on the property indicates that there are 14 sites available (two of which are listed as pad ready) and two listed as commercial.
Company officials say the park could handle industrial, warehousing, manufacturing and ancillary services.
In March 2022, Georgia-based Premium Peanut announced that it would locate its peanut shelling plant in the park. It would be considered the flagship employer of the park.
DP World Americas, formerly Jafza USA, a subsidiary of Dubai World, is the owner.
DP World was originally founded in the 1970s as a terminal logistics company, but over the past two years has focused on fleets and logistics in an effort to complement its terminal operations , Hoffman said.
DP World purchased the property from Orangeburg County in 2006.
“The reason we see speculative buildings and blocks being developed is due to the commitment of the county council and our utilities to make sites more readily available,” Robinson said. “We are preparing for future investment.”
The Orangeburg County Development Commission heavily markets the property on its website.
According to an OCDC flyer, about 806 acres of the site can be developed.
Land at the site is valued between $18,000 and $30,000 per acre, according to the OCDC flyer.
The site is supplied by the Tri-County Electric Cooperative, natural gas from Dominion, water from the Lake Marion Regional Water System, Orangeburg/Santee County Sewer Service, telecommunications by Verizon and Frontier and fire protection from the Santee and Orangeburg County Fire Department. A service.
The site also has access to the CSX rail.
The property is also certified by the SC Department of Commerce, which means that significant wetland, environmental, geotechnical and archaeological studies have been carried out.
The park has attracted some interest from manufacturing and warehousing/distribution companies in the automotive, wood products, agri-food and distribution logistics sectors. The OCDC has shown the industrial park to potential companies over the past year.
The property received a boost in the spring of 2017 with the opening of the new Exit 97 Interchange and US 301 Extension from SC Highway 6 to Interstate 95.
The stretch of road is also known as US 301/SC Highway 6 Connector.
The $45 million project formed the eastern anchor of South Carolina’s global logistics triangle. The Global Logistics Triangle is the name Orangeburg County uses to market the area bordered by I-26, I-95, and US 301.
County officials said the lack of a developed interchange and adequate road infrastructure on and off I-95 and US 301 was the most difficult aspect of attracting business to the site.
The property is also home to the $1.2 million, 16,000 square foot Santee Enterprise Center completed in 2011.
The building housed a number of small industries employing a few dozen at one time.
Since construction in 2011, the facility has been leased to an automotive training center and more recently to a custom pipe manufacturing company (Ameripipe Supply).