Ben Robertson, Jr., a marine-industry and powerboat racing veteran has opened Charleston Composites Inc., with this two sons Ben III, and Kyle.
The company is based in Jacksonboro, S.C., where Robertson also owns BAR Marine, a dealership. Ben Jr., is the president of Charleston Composites, while Ben III is the chief operating officer and Kyle is handling the business management.
“My goal is to turn the projects around in 90 to 180 days,” the elder Robertson told Trade Only Today. “I’ve got six boat manufacturers within 30 miles of us, including Scout, Key West, Sea Pro and others in Columbia.”
The company is starting out with 17,500 square feet and equipment includes CMS Poseidon and Aries machining centers and a 3-axis router. Charleston Composites has 27 employees currently and when the Robertsons expand to the property’s full 87,000 square feet, there will be 60 employees. “We’ll do anything from design work to the finished product and the molds,” said Ben Jr.
According to areadevelopment.com, the Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a $200,000 rural infrastructure fund grand to assist with the costs of site preparation and building construction.
“It’s always good news when a company decides to invest within our borders,” Governor Henry McMaster said. “We welcome Charleston Composites Inc., to South Carolina and congratulate them on this $3.8 million investment that will bring 28 more jobs to Colleton County.”
Ben Robertson II is a world-champion in tunnel-boat and offshore powerboat racing and has worked with many companies including Fountain Powerboats, Cigarette Racing Team and Predator boats out of Norway. Ben Robertson III is a mechanical engineer who has had tenures at Herring Propellers and Oregon Iron Works, developing boats for commercial and military clients.
Charleston Composites is hoping to have its first projects, which are commercial, by the end of April.