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Lowcountry Proud: Chargeurs Wool, U.S.A. in Berkeley County

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This week, we are highlighting some of the many things in Berkeley County that makes us Lowcountry Proud.

We are spotlighting a manufacturing plant you may have never heard of, but you may have used or seen someone using their product over the years.

Chargeurs Wool, U.S.A. turns raw wool into wool top, a product used to make yarn and other products.

The company sits just off highway 45 in Jamestown.

Just off highway 45 in Jamestown sits the last of it's kind.

Chargeurs Wool USA is the last company in the United States manufacturing wool top.

Since 1955, raw wool has come into the warehouse from farmers located here in the U-S.

Diego Paullier has been the plant manager for the last 10 years. He says the wool comes in from "different ranches and farms all around the country. And we scour the wool, process the wool and make what we call the wool top."

As the wool is brought in, and moved down the line, it is scrubbed and cleaned.

Diego says, "most of the people who are working here are from Berkeley County. They have been working here for many, many years, for generations."

Brenda Patino, from Jamestown is an example of that. "I'm the second generation that worked here. My parents worked here, or my mother and stepfather. I have a daughter in law that's working here. She'll be third generation."

Over at the on-site lab, the wool is tested for quality by technicians like Norma Morris, who has worked at Chargeurs for almost 14 years. She says what she loves is the people. "It's the people. We're all like family. And knowing that we can put out the best product for our customers."

Those customers are also right here in the United States. Companies in North and South Carolina, as well as others along the east coast use the wool top to make other products.

The wool processed here in Jamestown is used in all US military uniforms that include wool, including heavy wool clothing for cold weather or military dress uniforms.

Knowing that means a lot to people like Brenda. "It makes my heart just skip a beat a little bit, because my father was from the Korean War. He was in that. And knowing that you're doing a part to help these guys. Just the little things, like the socks. You know, it just makes you feel a little better. Makes your heart swell a little bit."

Another sense of pride is knowing that the 70 employees who work here 24 hours per day Monday through Friday are at the last plant standing after many textile plants had to shut down over the years.

The company is another part of Berkeley County that makes us Lowcountry Proud.

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