More than $104.6 million investment will create more than 400 new jobs
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Vigilent Labs, an advanced health and medical technology company, today announced plans to establish operations in Charleston County. The company is investing more than $104.6 million and will create over 400 new jobs at its state-of-the-art COVID-19 test manufacturing facility in the Charleston Navy Yard.
Established in 2019, Vigilent Labs provides unique solutions to the detection, identification and assessment of health and bio-threats. The company’s team has substantial experience in the development of medical and bio-surveillance technologies as well as medical devices.
Located at 1105 Truxton Avenue, Building 74 in North Charleston, Vigilent Labs’ new operations will serve as the company’s headquarters, which will include its East Coast production and manufacturing operations. Specifically, the company will work with its partners, SeroClinix and Leinco, to produce rapid COVID-19 antibody and antigen test kits. These FDA-approved and emergency use authorized test kits are cost effective and will produce fast and accurate results in seven to ten minutes.
The new facility will begin manufacturing activities in December. Vigilent Labs is working with readySC to assist in recruiting and training prospective employees.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has awarded a $1 million Set-Aside grant to Charleston County to assist with costs related to this project.
“We are so honored by this substantial support from Governor McMaster, Secretary Hitt, the Coordinating Council and Charleston County to center our Vigilant Labs at the historic Charleston Navy Yard in South Carolina. This new facility will specialize in state-of-the-art health and bio-threat testing, screening technologies and products that will help address the expanding need for reliable and accurate COVID-19 testing to confront this pandemic. The Governor, Secretary of Commerce, Charleston County and their teams truly went above and beyond the call of duty to welcome us, attract us and support us, and we are so proud to claim South Carolina as home.” -Vigilent Labs President John Falk
“Companies like Vigilent Labs continue to come to our state and invest in our people because of all that South Carolina has to offer. We are thankful for Vigilent Labs’ decision to invest more than $104.6 million and create over 400 new jobs here in South Carolina, and I look forward to seeing what the future will bring for this fantastic company and its leadership.” -Gov. Henry McMaster
“South Carolina’s business-friendly climate continues to attract companies in every industry, and we’re proud to welcome Vigilent Labs to Charleston County. We look forward to working with this great company and watching them thrive in South Carolina.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“Vigilent Labs’ announcement shows the community’s commitment and ability to compete in the life sciences sector and tap into this talent pipeline. We proudly welcome Vigilent to Charleston County and appreciate the more than 400 jobs created for our region.” -Charleston County Council Chairman Elliott Summey
“North Charleston is excited to welcome Vigilent Labs and their expanding workforce to our city. North Charleston brings a business-friendly atmosphere, and we keenly understand the positive community impacts when our industries thrive. The city of North Charleston stands alongside Vigilent to ensure future success in its new home.” -North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey
“Vigilent Labs is committed to providing next-generation solutions to address current and future biological threats, and their announcement to establish operations in North Charleston is a win for our community. This is important work and supports a promising future for Charleston County in the technology and life sciences sectors.” -Charleston County Economic Development Executive Director Steve Dykes
FIVE FAST FACTS
- Vigilent Labs is establishing operations in Charleston County.
- The more than $104.6 million investment will create over 400 new jobs.
- Vigilent Labs is an advanced health and medical technology company.
- Located at 1105 Truxton Avenue, Building 74 in North Charleston, S.C.
- Vigilent Labs is working with readySC to assist in recruiting and training prospective employees.
About S.C. Department of Commerce
As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, the Palmetto State has consistently been among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign direct investment on a per capita basis. Additionally, the state has won the Gold or Silver Shovel Award from Area Development magazine every year since 2011. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.