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RIDGEVILLE -- Showa Denko Carbon Inc. (SDKC), the leading producer of ultra-high performance, large-diameter graphite electrodes, is proud to announce its 30th anniversary of business in the United States.

SDKC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based Showa Denko KK (SDK). For three decades, the firm has been the synthetic graphite manufacturer for electric arc furnace steel production in North America.

“For 30 years we have been dedicated to producing the best quality for our customers,” said Hidehito Takahashi, SDK general manager and Showa Denko KK managing corporate officer. “The 30th anniversary is a time to recognize that our longevity is the product of highly successful relationships and the many contributions of our colleagues, customers, suppliers and the people of South Carolina’s Lowcountry.”

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On Wednesday, SDKC recognized its 30th anniversary with a ceremony at the Ridgeville plant with South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, company leaders from across the globe, as well as prominent local government officials, colleagues, customers and suppliers.

“We’re excited today to be celebrating the 30th anniversary of Showa Denko Carbon, Inc.’s dedication to the Ridgeville community,” McMaster said. “The most significant reasons a company like this one stays in the same city for thirty years are the people they employ and the success they’ve had with those people.

"The over 275 South Carolinians that assist in operating the largest graphite electrode producer in the world should be extremely proud of the work they’ve done, and we look forward to continuing to partner with this tremendous company for many years to come.”

SDKC plans to continue investing in the state and its people.

“SDK’s most recent expansion in Ridgeville will bring our capacity to over 75,000 metric tons by the end of the year,” said Carl D. Kolts, SDKC president and CEO, and chief marketing officer of SDK’s Carbon Division. “Ridgeville will be the largest and flagship plant of the Carbon Division with a continuing commitment to produce the highest quality graphite electrodes for our customers.”

Showa Denko KK acquired the Ridgeville plant from Airco Carbon Inc., in July 1988.

180 jobs for Charleston

COLUMBIA -- Kuehne + Nagel, Inc., a global transport and logistics company, is launching operations in Charleston County. With this new facility, the company will be creating 180 jobs over the next three years.

Established in 1890, Kuehne + Nagel has grown into one of the world's leading logistics providers. With more than 1,300 offices and 70,000 employees, the firm provides logistics solutions to a variety of key industry sectors, including automotive, aerospace, oil and gas, retail and more.

Located on the Mercedes-Benz Vans LLC (MBV) site off of Palmetto Commerce Parkway, Kuehne + Nagel's new facility will be providing production logistics services to support MBV's expanding manufacturing operations. Comprehensive services will include goods receiving, inventory management, just-in-time picking and sequencing for delivery.

Hiring for the new positions is already underway, and interested applicants can visit for more information.

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