Business Briefs - May 31, 2018


Land is being cleared near the intersection of River Landing Drive and Fairchild Street to pave the way for construction to begin on Daniel Island’s newest hotel – a Home2 Suites. The facility, owned by Bennett Hospitality, will reportedly be close to 70,000 square feet and will feature 115 hotel rooms. At press time, it was not known how long construction will take. According to the Bennett Hospitality website, the company owns and operates several hotels in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Montana.


Daniel Island-based MW Tennis Academy has partnered with the Charleston Tennis Center to offer tennis instruction and other programming, according to an announcement last month by the City of Charleston Recreation Department.

The academy’s first day of service at Charleston Tennis Center was Tuesday, May 1. A meet-and -greet with Jeff Wilson, MW Tennis Academy CEO, and Director of Tennis Instruction Jamey Tinkey, took place at the site on May 20.

Founded in 2012 and currently located at the Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island, MW Tennis Academy is a total tennis academy for all ages and levels of play. The academy covers beginner to varsity-level high school training programs, summer camps, and tournament coaching, as well as adult lessons, leagues, and clinics.

City of Charleston Recreation Services Superintendent Stella Fruit said, “We are delighted to welcome Jeff Wilson and MW Tennis Academy to the Charleston Tennis Center. Our new Director of Tennis Instruction, Jamey Tinkey, is a West Ashley resident and has grown up playing on the city’s courts. This is a very exciting time for the programming at the Charleston Tennis Center.”

Wilson said, “MW is excited to partner with the City of Charleston and the Charleston Tennis Center and deliver quality tennis instruction and programming to members of the community. This is an incredible opportunity to serve the City of Charleston, and we are thrilled to have Jamey Tinkey on board.”

For more information on the City’s current tennis programming, visit www.charleston- To learn more about the MW Tennis Academy, visit


Charleston Battery Soccer Club has added Mercedes- Benz Vans, LLC (MBV) as the organization’s founding partner.

The partnership includes signage at the youth facilities and MUSC Health Stadium, special opportunities for Mercedes-Benz Vans employees, and use of the youth facility for corporate events and functions. Charleston Battery Youth Soccer Club will use the funds from the sponsorship to make improvements to its facilities in Summerville, Daniel Island and future site locations.

“We’re very excited about the partnership with Mercedes-Benz Vans,” said Charleston Battery chairman Eric Bowman. “The founding partnership will allow us to make much-needed upgrades to our youth facilities all over Charleston which will provide a better overall experience for young players in the area. We’ve been big proponents of supporting local business since the professional Club started in 1993 and we’re thrilled to be able to continue that with the youth club.”

Mercedes-Benz Vans, LLC is a plant in North Charleston, South Carolina that assembles Sprinter vans for the U.S. market under the brands Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner. Mercedes-Benz Vans, LLC announced in March 2015 that it will invest $500 million in construction of a new Sprinter production plant, in addition to an expansion of existing operations. In July 2016, MBV officially broke ground on the new plant, which is expected to open later this year. According to a press release, the MBV facility will provide up to 1,300 jobs by the end of the decade, and interested candidates can apply at

“As our operations in Charleston expand, so does our involvement with the local community, “ said Michael Balke, President & CEO of Mercedes-Benz Vans, LLC. “One of our focus areas for community engagement is health and wellness, and we hope this partnership inspires our community’s children to get active through the game of soccer.”

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Daniel Island, SC 29492 

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