Truesdale Medical Center Opens in North Charleston, Offering HIV Care and Primary Medical Care

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – ?Truesdale Medical Center, offering both primary medical care and treatment specific to those living with HIV, has opened in North Charleston. The center operates in partnership with Palmetto Community Care, a nonprofit providing complete compassionate HIV care and prevention education awareness in the Charleston area.

Truesdale Medical Center is located at 6296 Rivers Ave., Suite 310 in North Charleston, in the Trident United Way building. It provides a variety of services, including HIV medical care, HIV primary care, primary care for non-HIV patients, treatment for acute illness and chronic illness as well as gynecological services, viral hepatitis management and prevention and treatment for other sexually transmitted infections.

“Truesdale Medical Center is committed to providing excellence in health care as well as focusing on complete, compassionate HIV care and preventative medical services,” said Bradley Childs, CEO of Truesdale Medical Center and Executive Director of Palmetto Community Care. “This is a much-needed resource for the community and for HIV-positive clients at Palmetto Community Care.”

While clients at Palmetto Community Care will be able to receive both HIV care and primary care services at Truesdale Medical, members of the community ages 16 and up can seek care at the center as well. The general public can pay for services with insurance, Medicaid and Medicare.

Jami Dybik is the center’s practice manager. She previously was financial services coordinator for Palmetto Community Care. Samantha Wadford is the family nurse practitioner. She has 18 years of experience working in community and hospital nursing, most recently as the family planning nurse consultant for S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

The center’s physician is William D. Largen, MD, a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in infectious disease at the Medical University of South Carolina. He has a strong passion for managing the complexities of HIV care, including the special psycho-social support it requires.

“With more than 500 HIV-positive clients at Palmetto Community Care, we know that our community needed another medical provider for HIV primary care. Our central location at the epicenter of the HIV epidemic in the Lowcountry combined with 27 years of work in the HIV/AIDS community ensures that we are very well equipped to help all HIV-positive patients with a full spectrum of medical care, and focus on those most at need for complete, compassionate medical care and preventative services,” Childs said.

Truesdale Medical Center is named in memory of James Edward “Jimmy” Truesdale who passed away on Feb. 12, 2017, at the age of 76. Truesdale was a dedicated supporter of Lowcountry AIDS Services (now Palmetto Community Care) for many years, including serving as president of the board of directors.

Truesdale Medical Center is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday; and from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday. To schedule an appointment, call 843-266-3870. Learn more about Truesdale Medical Center at


About Truesdale Medical Center
Founded in 2018, Truesdale Medical Center’s mission is to improve the health of those it serves through excellence in patient care and the utilization of evidence-based practices. Truesdale Medical Center, located in North Charleston, focuses on providing excellent health care to its clients with a focus on complete, compassionate HIV Care and prevention. Learn more at or at

Mercedes-Benz Vans opens new Sprinter plant in North Charleston – Amazon becomes the world’s largest Sprinter customer

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  • New part-by-part production facility with body shop, paint shop and final assembly opens in time for the U.S. market launch of the new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
  • First Sprinter out of new production delivered to Amazon:
  • New Partnership with Amazon includes the delivery of 20,000 vans for small businesses across the U.S., making the online retailer the world’s largest Sprinter customer
  • Investment of approximately 500 million U.S. Dollars in new plant
  • State-of-the-art intelligent production – with driverless transport systems, paperless documentation and exceptional digital training tools
  • More than 900 employees at start of production; up to 1,300 team members planned by the end of 2020

Mercedes-Benz Vans has opened its new Sprinter plant for the North American market. After considering the high market potential for the new Sprinter in North America, the decision to build a new production facility in time for the launch of the new Sprinter model in the USA was announced in March 2015. The facility in North Charleston, South Carolina, is now up and running following a two year construction period. The total investment adds up to approx. 500 million dollars with more than 900 people working at the expanded North Charleston site, that number is set to grow up to 1,300 by the end of 2020. According to estimations, suppliers will create an additional 600 new jobs in and around North Charleston.

“The USA is already the second largest market for our Sprinter today. With the new, state-of-the-art production site in South Carolina, we will be able to supply our customers in North America even faster and with more flexibility in the future. This makes better use of the dynamic market potential, placing our new plant in North Charleston as a central component of our growth strategy ‘Mercedes-Benz Vans goes global,'” said Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.

“The new plant in North Charleston combines our global expertise and experience resulting in a state-of-the-art facility in every respect. It is a valuable asset that completes our global production network. Our priority at Mercedes-Benz Vans during the planning process for this facility was maximum flexibility. This enables us to react in an agile and anticipatory manner to current developments and customer desires. Additionally, it guarantees excellent quality within our proven, standardized production system,” said Frank Klein, Head of Operations Mercedes-Benz Vans.

To coincide with the opening, Mercedes-Benz Vans also announced it will be producing Amazon branded Sprinter vans for the retail company’s new Delivery Service Partner program at the new plant. Small business owners will work with third-party fleet management companies to procure their customized vans and get special leases in order to keep their startup costs low.

“We’re proud to partner with Mercedes-Benz Vans to contribute to local economies through the order of Amazon branded Sprinter vans produced at their new plant in North Charleston,” said Dave Clark, Amazon’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations. “Thanks to the tremendous response to Amazon’s new Delivery Service Partner program, we are excited to increase our original order of branded Sprinter vans to 20,000 vehicles so new small businesses will have access to a customized fleet to power deliveries of Amazon packages.”

U.S. market launch for the new Sprinter

The opening could not come at a better time – 2018 marks the U.S. market launch of the new generation of the highly acclaimed van.

The third generation of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter defines the top class of large vans in all sub-disciplines. Its classic strengths have been improved upon and are complemented by new intelligent products and services.

Among the outstanding innovations in the North American market are the new multimedia systems MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience), the control and display concept in the cockpit, as well as ergonomically shaped seats and modern assistance systems – some of them were taken over by the car sector and, for the first time, found their way into a Mercedes-Benz van.

New standards are being set in the field of digitization and connectivity, which is why the new Sprinter can be described as the first van in a new category with a holistic overall system solution. The previously available version of the proven Mercedes-Benz Sprinter was in high demand among customers in the USA, the second largest market in the world for Sprinter vans.

Since 2006, Semi-Knocked-Down kits have been assembled in North Charleston for imported Sprinter vans and since 2015 also for imported Metris Midsize Vans (known in other markets as “Vito”). With the new plant and the “made in USA” vehicles, the business area will be able to serve the growing demand of North American customers more economically and significantly reduce delivery times in this market.

The new Sprinter will be made under the brands Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner.

Additional facilities including body shop, paint shop and final assembly

Mercedes-Benz has put the full weight of its technical expertise into the North Charleston location. The new factory expands upon the existing Mercedes-Benz Vans assembly plant with additional facilities, including body shop, paint shop and final assembly. The company is implementing its most innovative production technologies and concepts at the location, making it one of the most modern of its kind in North America and an integral part of Mercedes-Benz Vans’ global production network.

The expansion of the production facility has tripled its footprint, now covering 222 acres or nearly 10 million square ft. The production and office building area comes now to around 41 acres or 1.8 million square ft., supplemented by free and logistics space. Central to the innovations are connectivity and digital communication in manufacturing due to continuously growing demands for flexibility and efficiency in production and to the increasing diversity of vehicle variants and sales figures continuing to rise.

Employees are also benefitting from increased digitalization as it minimizes routine and repetitive tasks, giving them more time for higher-value work. The outstanding innovations include self-driving transport systems, the shift to paperless, digital communication and new opportunities provided by virtual employee training.

Autonomous transport systems deliver free-flowing traffic

Like other locations within the Mercedes-Benz Vans production network, the plant in North Charleston is equipped with driverless transport systems – which can travel more than 40 miles in one shift. They are controlled through networking with the plant’s IT system and via RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology. The associated transponders, incorporated into the factory floors, receive the necessary driving commands. The vehicles can also use Bluetooth to communicate with one another and coordinate automatically, thus guaranteeing smooth traffic flow at all times.

Paperless documentation with RFID technology

Among the biggest transformations is the paperless, digital production documentation, based on RFID technology. It means the position of a specific component can be pinpointed precisely at any given time with contactless, automatic identification and localization. This information allows employees in logistics and production to feasibly adjust to process changes. Moreover, quality assurance personnel can ascertain that the correct part has been installed in the correct vehicle. Relative to conventional processes, RFID technology has made it possible to eliminate several steps of documentation, with one example being the manual scanning of barcodes. This not only saves time and money but also reduces the number of potential sources of error.

Effective training with digital tools

At every Mercedes-Benz plant, personnel remains the most important factor when it comes to quality. At the North Charleston plant, conventional methods are amplified by digital training tools to help prepare them for their jobs. Due to the diversity of body types, powertrain concepts, body lengths, tonnages, cargo-space heights and equipment options, the new Sprinter is available in more than 1,700 variants. Each and every employee has to learn around 900 individual process steps in a specific order to enable them to build the new Sprinter. With the utilization of digital tools, this process is now efficient and sustainable. In assembly, employees can use an on-screen approach similar to that of a computer game to familiarize themselves with procedures and components. Previously, training for assembly work was conducted purely on pre-production vehicles. Training of paint-shop personnel is likewise aided by digital techniques. For example, they are able to use Virtual Reality (VR) spectacles and VR paint guns for realistic simulation of the painting process.

Charleston-North Charleston Community Profile – New key statistics on population, race, growth and employment

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The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce has released a new report (April 20, 2018) showing how Charleston-North Charleston fair against the rest of South Carolina and the nation.? Here are some key statistics in education, demographics, growth and employment.

Complete Study and Findings Report

Employers by Size of Company (Number of employees)

Unemployment Rates

Age Range of Current Residents

Population by Race

Population by Gender

Population Growth

Top Employers


Highest Academic Achievement

Academic Institutions



Fine Craft Artists Invited To Enter 17th Annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition

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Fine craft artists from across the state are invited to participate in the 17th annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition.? As the state’s only dedicated fine craft competition and exhibition, objects juried into the show may compete for cash prizes totaling up to $6500. The exhibition is presented as a component of the annual North Charleston Arts Fest, to be held May 2-6, 2018. A $15 entry fee applies. Artists may submit up to four entries. The application is strictly available online and can be accessed at Deadline for entries is Thursday, March 15, 2018. Artists in need of assistance with the application process may contact the Cultural Arts Department to schedule a one-on-one meeting, which can be conducted over the phone or in person.

Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique exhibition offers fine craft artists from across South Carolina the opportunity to exhibit their inspiring objects in the media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and three-dimensional mixed media.? Thousands have enjoyed the refined talents of South Carolina fine craft artists during past annual exhibitions.? Following the close of the show, up to twenty works will be selected to tour the state through the South Carolina State Museum’s 2018/2019 Traveling Exhibitions Program.? Sites across South Carolina may request the exhibit to tour in their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

The juror for this year’s exhibition is Rachel Reese, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Telfair Museums in Savannah, GA. She is a curator, arts writer, and independent publisher. Reese holds an MFA from City College New York and a BFA from the University of Georgia. She has held positions at Atlanta Contemporary, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery in Philadelphia; and Deitch Projects, Petzel Gallery, and Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York. As an arts writer, Reese was the former editor of BURNAWAY Magazine in Atlanta, and her writing and artist interviews appear in BOMB Daily, Temporary Art Review,TWELV Magazine, and ART PAPERS, among others. She has taught Critical Issues art courses at PAFA in Philadelphia and Georgia State University in Atlanta. At Telfair Museums since 2015, she has curated exhibitions with Nick Cave, William Wegman, Triple Candie, and a group exhibition titled Generation with Iraqi-Canadian artists Sawsan AlSaraf, Sundus Abdul Hadi, and Tamara Abdul Hadi. Reese is opening 2018 exhibitions with Carrie Mae Weems, and Atlanta-based Paul Stephen Benjamin in January.

The 17th Annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition will be on display May 2-6, 2018, at the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. A free public reception and announcement of awards will be held at the Convention Center on Wednesday, May 2, 2016, from 6:00-8:30pm. For more information about the North Charleston Arts Fest, Palmetto Hands, or other exhibition opportunities, contact the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at (843)740-5854, email, or visit

Frampton Construction begins work on new North Charleston T-Mobile Call Center

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Charleston, S.C. –?Frampton Construction Company, LLC, a regional full-service construction firm providing planning and design support, preconstruction, construction services, and sustainability services throughout the Carolinas, has been selected to transform an existing K-Mart facility in N. Charleston, S.C., into a modernized T-Mobile Call Center.

The project includes both an exterior shell conversion and interior tenant upfit for which McMillan Pazdan Smith and JPC Architecture will be the respective architects. T-Mobile’s call center will account for 127,000 square feet of the 170,000 square-foot building, with 41,000?square feet of leasable space remaining.

George Dewey, IV, president and CEO of Aston Properties, remarked, “The opportunity to bring T-Mobile’s largest customer care center in the U.S. to North Charleston and to partner with such a well-qualified, local contractor to assist us in doing the work, is a win-win for the community.”

The T-Mobile Call Center,?which will house 1,200 employees, will feature a fitness center, a theater room, several boardrooms, a kitchen, and an outdoor patio and basketball court. Frampton Construction will also mill and pave the entire parking lot, update the landscape, and add new sidewalks around the building. Other exterior renovations include cutting 50 new windows into the existing concrete wall, constructing two new storefront entrances, and adding a new membrane roof.

“We are excited to hit the ground running on this project and look forward to working together with Aston Properties and the project architects to transform this facility into a state-of-the-art call center for T-Mobile,” said Chad Frampton, CEO of Frampton Construction

Construction on this project began in May of 2017 and is expected to be complete by December this year.

Frampton Construction?is a regional full-service construction firm with financial strength and industry knowledge born of years of experience employing proven procedures. Frampton Construction offers planning and design support, preconstruction, construction services, and sustainability services. The dedicated team of professionals takes pride in building strong relationships with clients while providing the highest quality of service. They deliver executive leadership and personal oversight throughout the building process, while working diligently to exceed the expectations of every client. With offices in Charleston, S.C., and Charlotte, N.C., the company is positioned to manage projects in the Carolinas and beyond. For more information, please visit? call?843-572-2400.

Andrew Pinckney Inn Collects School Supplies for Teachers’ Supply Closet







The Andrew Pinckney Inn is partnering with the Teachers’ Supply Closet (TSC) to help get school supplies to local children for the 2017 school year. Now through Labor Day they will be collecting new or gently used school/office supplies in our lobby at 40 Pinckney Street. As a way to say thank you to our guests for supporting our cause, if you bring in at least three supplies we will offer one free night of valet parking during your stay*.

Teachers’ Supply Closet eliminates the need for teachers to pay for the products. They are a nonprofit affiliate of the national Kids In Need Foundation that provides free school supplies to teachers in Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley Counties who work at schools where at least 81% of the students are on the free or reduced meals program. In 2016 they provided 27,550 children with free school supplies.

Top 5 Needs: ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
-Composition Notebooks
-Copy Paper
-Hand Sanitizer ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?.
-Glue Sticks

Other Wish List Needs:
-Pink Erasers
-Washable Markers
-Pocket Folders

Drop Off Location:
Andrew Pinckney Inn
40 Pinckney Street, Charleston, SC

*Free valet parking is to be used during your current visit only and it is nontransferable. Good for one night only of parking, in exchange for a minimum of three separate school supplies.

Teacher Supplies Closet Mission: To serve children in the Tri-County area in meeting their educational and creative needs by providing free supplies donated by businesses and individuals.

The CODfather: Charleston’s fresh off the boat feel good fish and chips hot spot

By Mark A. Leon

Somewhere between the corner of nowhere and somewhere, just outside the North Charleston Naval Ship Yard lies an unimposing restaurant: The CODfather, Proper Fish & Chips.? With four indoor tables, a long window row, two community picnic tables outside and the smell of British delight, The CODfather has taken a simple concept and created one of the most sought after meals in the area.

While patiently waiting on line that took me right to the point of being just inside the entrance, I was greeted by a very caffeinated and energized chef taking my order with a smile and a lovable neurotic demeanor.? Just prior to taking my order he convinced a couple to get one large instead of two smalls saving them $4.00 and providing the same amount of food.? That is truly a “customer first” attitude.? His irreverent charm and off the wall energy made the waiting process quite entertaining, but of course the smell of fresh fried fish helped as well.

The menu is simple.? Not a lot of time need to decide here.? Do you want a full order of fish and chips or a half?? Smashed peas or gravy or none.? Fish only or chips to boot.? There you are.? Simple and it is often said, the simplest decisions in life are the best and you will certainly consider this one of your best of the day.

What goes well with Fish and Chips, beer of course.? The CODfather prides itself on providing a great dining experience, that is why they offer a BYOB option (They will even provide the pint).? Cheers to them.

Outside, you will find a motley crew of cars and motorcycles coming out to this otherwise deserted area to take part in this feast.? Don’t fret, if seating is not an option and often times it will not,? you are only a stone throw away from the North Charleston Waterfront Park and a number of parks in downtown Charleston.??? Make a day of it and picnic outside if the weather is right.? We certainly took advantage of the warm February air.

The deep-fried oil, silky batter and right from burning oil to your mouth taste will linger long after you have finished.? We are not at liberty to caution you on your eating habits, but a half portion is more than a meal for most.? At $7.00 for a half and $10.00 for a full, the prices are unbeatable.

Warning:? Only Open Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM and located at 1809 Reynolds Avenue, North Charleston, SC.

The CODfather offers up an unbelievably delicious Fish and Chips meal.? They keep it simple, but do it right.? If there is a great hole in the wall dive experience, with incredible food, fun décor and a memorable fried experience you seek, this needs to be your next stop.




Press Release: Crunch Gym to Open First South Carolina Location in North Charleston in December 2016


Charleston, SC (December 6, 2016) NAI Avant is pleased to announce that Crunch North Charleston, a franchise of Crunch Gym (Crunch), will debut its first fitness center in South Carolina this month (December 2016). NAI Avant broker Jered Wilkerson represented the tenant in the transaction, while Peter Vick of Divaris Real Estate Inc. represented the landlord, Hawthorne North Rivers, LLC.

Crunch North Charleston will occupy 27,000 square feet of the Promenade at Northwoods retail plaza at 7800 Rivers Avenue, joining anchor tenants Gander Mountain and Toys ‘R Us, among others. This premier location will serve as a full service fitness facility, offering personal training, exercise classes, a tanning bed, a HydroMassage machine, a fitness studio, locker rooms, a kids’ area, over 70 pieces of cardio equipment, a wide variety of machines, free weights and a nutrition program.

Originating in Manhattan in 1989, Crunch has over 160 locations across the United States and Australia. Renowned for providing luxury fitness at affordable pricing, the franchise has grown to serve over 400,000 members.

“I am honored to have helped bring Crunch to North Charleston for its first location in South Carolina,” said Wilkerson. “It is exciting to see the influx of national and international retailers migrating to the greater Charleston area, reflecting the unparalleled opportunity that the market has to offer.”

For more information, please contact Jered Wilkerson at 843-518-5383 or

About Crunch Gym

Headquartered in New York City, and co-owned by New Evolution Ventures (NeV) and private-equity firm Angelo Gordon, Crunch serves over 400,000 members with both corporately owned and franchised locations (Crunch Essential) in cities throughout the U.S. and in Australia. Crunch continues to expand across the U.S. and around the globe. In particular, the Crunch Essential model represents an incredible opportunity for those interested in owning their own business where the potential rewards are immeasurable. For more information about owning a Crunch Essential location, go to

About NAI Avant

NAI Avant’s commercial real estate business is one of the largest in the Southeast. With over 65 professionals, the firm provides comprehensive brokerage, leasing, development, property and project management services. For nearly three consecutive decades, the group has had more of its brokerage professionals recognized as top producers or recipients of the top awards than any other firm in South Carolina. As a member of the NAI Global Network, NAI Avant is affiliated with more than 375 offices strategically located throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific, with over 6,700 local market professionals, managing over 380 million square feet of property. NAI Global is the single largest, most powerful global network of owner-operated commercial real estate brokerage firms and is a wholly owned subsidiary of C-III Capital partners.? NAI Global Member firms, leaders in their local markets, are actively managed to work in unison and provide clients with exceptional solutions to their commercial real estate needs. NAI Avant’s Property and Project Management Group currently manages a multi-million square foot portfolio of properties across South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Through its Avant Healthcare Division, the firm provides comprehensive services to hospitals, clinics, and physician groups. NAI Avant, founded in 1966, is headquartered in Columbia, SC with an office in Charleston, SC. Find out more about NAI Avant and its services at Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NAIAvant and like us on Facebook.

North Charleston Hosting Veterans Days Tribute

Veterans Day Tribute – Veterans Story Swap and Special Ceremony

Felix C. Davis Community Center
4800 Park Circle, North Charleston
Friday, November 11, 2016
Story Swap 9:30-10:30am
Official Program 10:30am-1:00pm

The Department of Defense and the Veterans Day National Committee once again selected North Charleston as a Regional Site for Veterans Day 2016.

The City of North Charleston will honor all veterans with a special program featuring a keynote address by retired U.S. Army Capt. Florent “Flo” Groberg. Musical entertainment will be provided by the School of the Arts Jazz Band. Veterans interested in attending should contact or the Recreation Department at 843-745-1028.

The Cultural Arts Department will host a public pre-program Story Swap session from 9:30-10:30am as well as a military photo and video display by Joint Base Charleston’s Combat Camera unit. The story swap offers veterans an open opportunity to share memories and stories about their service. Veterans interested in signing up to share their stories are asked to contact the Cultural Arts Department at 843-740-5854 or