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N.C. logistics company invests $7.9M in Cherokee County operation

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Kerns Trucking Inc. is one of several logistics companies that have launched operations in Cherokee County this spring. (Photo/Molly Hulsey)Kerns Trucking Inc., a regional transportation and logistics company based in Grover, N.C., will establish its corporate headquarters in Cherokee County. 

The more than $7.9 million investment will create 136 new jobs in the county, according to an announcement today. The project is expected to reach completion late in 2022.

“We welcome Kerns Trucking Inc. to South Carolina and celebrate their 88 years of business success and the 136 new jobs the company will create in Cherokee County,” Gov. Henry McMaster said in the news release. “I look forward to watching this great company grow its dynamic footprint within our borders.”

Founded in 1933, Kerns Trucking Inc. is a fourth-generation dump truck carrier that specializes in local and long-distance dump trucking, various residential dump trucking, recyclable and scrap hauling and custom over-the-road brokerage, according to the release. Kerns Trucking’s portfolio includes: truck services for interstate infrastructure and industrial complex projects; servicing a wide array of concrete and asphalt corporations; transferring essential products for manufacturing and recyclable materials; and residential project services.

“We would like to thank Cherokee County and the state of South Carolina for their partnership in our current and future success,” Kerns Trucking President Clyde Kerns said in the release. “Kerns Trucking Inc. plans to invest in Cherokee County with the same professionalism and enthusiasm that has been shown to us. We look forward to growing together in this corporate expansion with South Carolina, Cherokee County and its citizens for many years to come.”

Located in Carolina Foothills Park of Commerce in Cherokee County, Kerns Trucking’s new facility will increase the company’s capacity to meet growing demand, according to the release. The Cherokee County location will facilitate future growth and allow Kerns Trucking to better serve its customer base.

“Cherokee County would like to welcome Kerns Trucking Inc. to the long list of companies that call Cherokee County home, proving once again Cherokee County is a great place for business,” County Council Chairman Tim Spencer said in the release.

Reach Molly Hulsey at 864-720-1223.

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