It’s been 13 years since Dubai World, parent company of Jafza International, said it was considering Orangeburg County for a $600-700 million logistics, manufacturing and distribution center.
While 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 is movement once again at the 1,322-acre “South Carolina Gateway Industrial Park,” formerly JAFZA Magna Park.
"It is under construction," Orangeburg County Development Commission Executive Director Gregg Robinson said. "Dirt is being moved."
Two pads have been built at the site to house future speculative buildings attracting companies 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.
"DP World is excited to move this project forward both on a small scale -- the first building -- but on a larger scale of growing the park in what we refer to as our premier industrial park in the U.S.," Vice President of Parks Logistics and Zones DP World Brian Hoffman said in a video presentation on the company's website about the Santee project.