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Senator Grooms: Maersk Announcement Cause for Celebration

October 22, 2009

“Maersk and Charleston Make a Great Team”

Senator Grooms: Maersk Announcement Cause for Celebration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Larry Grooms, votegrooms@aol.com 843-830-5035

State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Larry Grooms today released the following statement regarding the announcement that shipping giant Maersk, the Port of Charleston’s largest customer, intends to continue to call on the port.

“This is the most welcome economic news for the Lowcountry and our State in a long time,” says Senator Grooms, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. “It’s a vote of confidence in the Port, and proves what we’ve been saying – Charleston’s unique location, natural amenities and productive waterfront are of great value to the international shipping community. Maersk and Charleston make a great team”

The decision is one of several similar announcements made by the private sector in recent weeks. Grooms’ expertise in financing, infrastructure and transportation was sought by the companies throughout these earlier negotiations.

“The world’s biggest cruise line recently announced that one of its most popular ships will call Charleston home. The nation’s largest tire manufacturing and distributing company is locating near Summerville. I’ve met and negotiated with the leaders of these and other companies over the past year and that work is paying off.”

“When it comes to cutting red tape and bringing in sustainable, well-paying jobs, I stand on my record. Others in this race only bring rhetoric,” Grooms says.

Grooms notes he has been closely involved in the Maersk talks. “There were definitely some moments of uncertainty, but we stuck to it. Because our talks went on so long, and because many items we discussed were sensitive, we came away with a strong trust. I’m thankful for that bond and am fortunate to call the good people of Maersk my friends.”
The Port of Charleston is one of busiest in along the Southeast and Gulf coasts.

More than 150 nations are served through the Port, and the Port of Charleston’s dockside operations teams are among the most efficient in the business. With cargo moving through the port valued at more than $60 billion annually, “the Mearsk announcement means we will continue to build on our string of successes,” Grooms says.

“Now, we move forward and continue to position the SPA for the 21st Century. This wonderful announcement, combined with the recent passage of the port reform bill that I authored, will ensure that our state is well-positioned for similar, future announcements.”

Grooms thanked Maresk leaders for their patience in negotiating the complex deal. “We appreciate the Port’s largest customer, and are delighted that they will continue to call Charleston home.”

Grooms, R-Bonneau, represents portions of Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester and Colleton counties in the Senate. His website is www.groomsforgovernor.com.

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