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Work underway on $52M upfit of Columbia electric materials company HQ

Jason Thomas //October 26, 2023//

Work underway on $52M upfit of Columbia electric materials company HQ

Jason Thomas //October 26, 2023//

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CEEUS plans to upfit and expand the new facility to accommodate its corporate headquarters, a new state-of-the-art test lab and a tool repair shop. (Photo/Provided)

McCrory Construction, South Carolina’s oldest general contractor, announced that construction is well underway on a major upfit project for Cooperative Electric Energy Utility Supply Inc. in West Columbia.

McCrory is providing design-assist, preconstruction and construction services for the build-out of a 247,000-square-foot concrete shell building purchased by CEEUS earlier this year.

Located about a mile from CEEUS’ existing facility, the project is scheduled for completion in Summer 2024.

CEEUS purchased the 247,000-square-foot Airport Distribution Center speculative building at 1029 Colite Ave. in West Columbia from Scannell Properties. The new operations are expected to create 61 new jobs.

The majority of CEEUS’ new headquarters and warehouse facility is dedicated to heated warehouse space to house increased levels of inventory; however, McCrory is also building-out a two-story administrative area with high-end finishes, resulting in triple the amount of office space, the release stated.

McCrory’s scope of work for the project encompasses full mechanical, electrical and plumbing; addition of an elevator; installation of two pre-engineered buildings for storage; and construction of an entrance road, the release stated. Building components include a state-of-the-art testing lab and a tool repair shop.

Established in 1974 by the South Carolina Electric Cooperatives, CEEUS, along with its wholly owned subsidiary Line Equipment Sales Inc., serves electric cooperatives, municipalities, investor-owned utilities and electrical contractors across South Carolina, according to the release. In addition to electrical materials, the company offers personal protective equipment (PPE) testing and a tool repair service.

McCrory Construction, headquartered in Columbia, with an additional office in Greenville, is a full-service general contractor that has operated continuously since 1918, the release stated. At 105 years old, McCrory is South Carolina’s oldest general contractor. Licensed in 13 states throughout the Southeast, McCrory has served an array of private and public sector clients through more than 3,000 general construction, design-build and construction management projects.

Now under fifth generation private ownership, McCrory continues to be a leader in retail, commercial, industrial, health care and multi-family construction in the Southeast.