Residential Property Management in North Charleston, SC

You're probably asking yourself, "That's great, but what exactly do you do for property owners?" The answer is we handle just about every aspect of your single or multi-family rental needs. Let's take a look at some of our most-requested services:

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In-Depth Rental Analysis

Obviously, the overarching goal of listing a home or apartment for rent is to drive R.O.I. Unfortunately, many landlords and property owners are inexperienced and make one of two choices: their rental rate is too high to get bookings or too low to make any profit. Whether you're losing thousands a year because your rental rate is too low or pricing yourself out of your local market, our in-depth rental analysis will shed light on your situation. That way, our team can pivot quickly and implement a new home or apartment rental strategy for your property.

In reality, most rental homeowners don't have the time or resources to assess the everchanging residential rental market. Our team uses MLS data, premium rental comparison resources, and years of local market knowledge to provide our clients with a well-sourced rental price recommendation. That recommendation helps J.H.W. achieve both short-term and long-term revenue goals. Contact our office today to learn more about how we analyze our client's properties before creating a rental campaign.


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Rigorous Tenant Screening

Approving the wrong tenant can cost rental property owners thousands of dollars in damages and unpaid rent. At J.H.W. Enterprises, we perform extensive screenings on all your property's prospective tenants. Our far-reaching screening process couples minimum standards like age requirements and more in-depth screening like income verification and criminal checks. Perhaps most importantly, our team verifies your new tenant's rental history to ensure they paid rent on time, caused no damage in past rentals, were never evicted, and much more. Long-term rental property profits begin and end with tenants. As one of the most important aspects of residential property management, it's best to rely on experts like J.H.W. Enterprises.

Multi-Family Home Rentals North Charleston, SC

Tenant Leases

If you're a property owner or investor responsible for single or multi-family home leasing in cityname, state, you need iron-clad leases that protect your best interests. Unfortunately, many single-asset property managers do a simple search online and re-purpose the first leasing template they find. On the other side of the coin, multi-asset property owners are often too busy or understaffed to implement proper tenant leases. J.H.W. Enterprises uses attorney-drafted and approved leases that are compliant with your state's tenant laws. These leases protect our clients and ensure their properties are well-cared for all year.

To reduce prospective and current tenants from shopping elsewhere, we can provide easy-to-use, efficient electronic signatures on renewals and new lease agreements. Our team also collects security deposits and ensures your rental homes or apartments are cleaned by professionals and inspected thoroughly before move-in day.

Of course, all of our clients receive detailed inspection reports, so they're always up-to-date on the condition of their investments.

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Financial Analytics

At J.H.W. Enterprises, we're fiercely dedicated to our clients. As such, we go above and beyond to look out for them. When you trust J.H.W., we'll do the same for you. We provide a monthly breakdown of your property's overall pro forma, reflecting both qualitative and quantitative details. Our reporting structure gives you, the investor, a crystal-clear picture of your property rental's overall performance. Transparency is one of our core values, and we make it a priority to ensure that you have a full view of the successes and challenges that your asset may be facing.

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Residential Property Management Maintenance

Few rental-related events are as frustrating as getting a frantic maintenance call in the middle of the night. If you're sick of midnight maintenance fiascos with weekend-long resolutions, J.H.W. Enterprises is here to shoulder your burden.

At J.H.W., our team coordinates and tracks every maintenance issue that comes across our desk. We're talking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When we receive a maintenance ticket, it's logged into our system so we can assign a maintenance vendor and track its progress from beginning to end.

Our asset owners are always notified of when a work order is created, so they can accept, reject, or let us handle the hard work. Of course, our team stays in ongoing contact with property owners and tenants, providing peace of mind as repairs are addressed efficiently. Contact our office today to learn more about our maintenance infrastructure and how we select our trusted rental property maintenance vendors.

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Capital Improvements

J.H.W. understands what customers want and what they will pay for it. This is the key to our success and catalyst for maximizing every dollar spent.

As part of the J.H.W. Enterprises management platform, we offer full rehab, consulting, and due diligence services. Most of our residential property management acquisitions need significant renovations and rehabbing to both interiors and exteriors. We use time-tested strategies and tools to create and implement those renovation and rehab plans from beginning to end, so you can focus on your day-to-day responsibilities. Once we craft reno or rehab plans on your behalf, we'll discuss your thoughts and how we may get started.

The entries above are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to asset investor services. Other services may include:

  • Home and Apartment Rental Inspections
  • Home and Apartment Rental Rent Collection
  • Multi-Family Home Leasing Enforcement
  • Single Family Home Leasing Enforcement
  • Legal Guidance for Residential Property Owners and Investors
  • Payment Portal for Residents
  • 24/7 Resident Emergency Support
  • 24/7 Resident Utility Access
  • Apartment and Home Rental Insurance
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But how do you know when it's time to go pro? In our experience, it's best to hire a property management company when:

You Own Many Home or Apartment Rentals

You Own Many Home or Apartment Rentals

The more multi-family home rentals you own and the more units they have, the more you're going to benefit from working with a team of residential property management professionals. J.H.W has years of experience managing multi-unit complexes. We've streamlined the multi-family maintenance process and use innovative technologies to enhance resident life while maximizing your profits.

You Have No Desire to Be an Employer

You Have No Desire to Be an Employer

If you hire a manager or other staff to book or maintain your property, congratulations: you're now an employer. With your new status, you've got payroll to handle as well as a host of other legal considerations and requirements. However, since a residential property management company isn't an employee of yours, and neither are the people who work for it, you avoid the headaches and hassles of being an employer.

You Don't Want to Manage Vendor Relationships

You Don't Want to Manage Vendor Relationships

Single home and multi-family property management companies like J.H.W. Enterprises have long-lasting relationships with quality maintenance companies, contractors, suppliers, and tradespeople. Simply put, independent landlords can't duplicate those relationships. But property management firms don't only source the highest-quality vendors - they get the best prices on those services too. Because of the vendor relationships we've built and nurtured, J.H.W. often saves asset owners money on maintenance and other service costs.

You Need Help Staying in Compliance with Laws

You Need Help Staying in Compliance with Laws

One of the many jobs a solo property manager must juggle is staying in compliance with local, state, and federal property laws. When you throw in curveballs like Fair Housing regulations, keeping your asset compliant with property laws is a task many owners won't manage. Fortunately, companies like J.H.W. specializing in residential property management can help you avoid fines and lawsuits by keeping your home or apartment rentals in full compliance with laws.

Some other common reasons why our clients choose J.H.W. Enterprises for property management include:

  • Setting and Adjusting Rental Rates
  • Finding and Vetting Tenants
  • Record Keeping and Accounting
  • Marketing Apartment Rentals and Home Rentals
  • Screening Inquiries and Showing Properties
  • Managing the Eviction Process
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Unlocking the Doorway to Maximized Investor Returns

When it comes to single home and multi-family asset management, J.H.W. takes a highly analytical, cost-effective, integrity-led approach to every service we offer. Whether you own a couple of vacation homes or dozens of apartment home rentals, our asset management team has the proven experience you need to maximize your R.O.I.

We're grateful for every residential property owner that entrusts their investment to us. We strive to build fruitful, long-lasting relationships with every client we serve. If you're ready to discover the J.H.W. difference, contact us today. Our success begins once we help you succeed and not a moment sooner.

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Latest News in North Charleston, SC

Primed for new development, North Charleston neighborhood to undergo flooding study

NORTH CHARLESTON — A new motel, barbecue restaurant and coffee shop are slated to be the newest businesses in the Chicora Cherokee neighborhood where once-vibrant Reynolds Avenue is now a focal point for revitalization.“Our goal is to not be King Street,” said Ed Sutton, developer and president emeritus of the Reynolds Avenue Area Merchants Association, emphasizing the need for the North Charleston strip to attract locally owned business as opposed to chain restaurants.But there’s another problem that af...

NORTH CHARLESTON — A new motel, barbecue restaurant and coffee shop are slated to be the newest businesses in the Chicora Cherokee neighborhood where once-vibrant Reynolds Avenue is now a focal point for revitalization.

“Our goal is to not be King Street,” said Ed Sutton, developer and president emeritus of the Reynolds Avenue Area Merchants Association, emphasizing the need for the North Charleston strip to attract locally owned business as opposed to chain restaurants.

But there’s another problem that affects the downtown Charleston business corridor that those living near North Charleston’s Reynolds Avenue are hoping to keep at bay: flooding.

The Chicora Cherokee community, a hot spot for new development and also a target for affordable housing and new businesses, is one of six neighborhoods that have been targeted for drainage improvements. Though residents and community leaders welcome the improvements, the city’s recent decision to move forward with a flooding study in Chicora was met with mixed reactions.

City Council voted Dec. 15 to pay civil engineer Reveer Group $146,510 to lead the Chicora Drainage Study. The study will analyze existing flooding conditions and evaluate remedial action in the form of maintenance or drainage improvements that will reduce or eliminate future flooding.

Reveer, a North Charleston-based firm, will also develop alternatives that will increase the capacity of the stormwater system and reduce the flooding potential in Chicora.

Chicora will be the first of six neighborhoods to undergo drainage studies using funding from grants awarded last year by the South Carolina Infrastructure Investment Program to help cover more than $14 million worth of drainage improvements. Other neighborhoods that will see flooding solutions are Union Heights, Accabee, Read Street, Midland Park and the Northwood/Bentwood area.

The city still needs to secure additional funding to implement the recommendations from the study, Councilman Michael Brown said.

AJ Davis, president of the Chicora neighborhood, said any improvement that seeks to alleviate flooding is welcomed. But the infrastructure improvements are to be expected, given the economic interests in the city’s south end, he said.

Development is trickling southward from the Park Circle community, an eclectic district of residences and restaurants. Businesses have stretched south along Spruill Avenue and along Reynolds Avenue into the predominantly Black Chicora neighborhood, where housing affordability and gentrification remain a concern.

Some expected that incoming development would “trigger” infrastructure improvements, Davis said.

“In my opinion, this is less about truly addressing infrastructure issues for the people there and more so about aligning with a development trajectory that we’re all pretty much seeing,” Davis said.

Union Heights, located a few miles south of Chicora, is also slated to see drainage improvements.

Skip Mikell, neighborhood president, said he was unaware of the $14 million being invested in southern end neighborhoods. He also said the city should have considered the number of grassroots organizations that have for years been examining environmental issues in these neighborhoods.

In 1980, North Charleston studied the Chicora Drainage Basin, which spans over 400 acres and covers the neighborhood, and concluded that a new box culvert and outfall to the Cooper River was needed. The study also concluded that the pipes upstream of the retention areas were undersized and only provided up to 50 percent of the required stormwater conveyance capacity.

Soon after, the city constructed the recommended saltwater retention. In 2007, the Charleston Naval Complex Redevelopment Authority built a new box culvert though the former Charleston Navy base and a new outfall to the Cooper River.

While drainage has improved, flooding has continued to impact the community, which includes several homes, nonprofits, businesses, schools and churches.

“You have flooding to where folks can’t get to their houses,” Brown said. Brown added that the problem hasn’t gotten better over the years, even as new infrastructure projects have made way, such as the four-lane Cosgrove overpass that was replaced several years ago.

Evie Palmisano lives at the corner of Arapahoe Street and Captain Avenue, located in the adjacent Nafair neighborhood. She bought her home in 2019. Since then, her yard has flooded at least 10 times, she said. In 2021, Palmisano lost her car after the vehicle was flooded during heavy rainfall.

“I’m tentatively hopeful,” she said in hearing about the city’s new Chicora drainage study.

Rexton Street, a strip that stretches off the up-and-coming Reynolds Avenue, is also frequently under water. This impedes current plans to transform the strip into community-oriented space that includes an amphitheater, cafe and plaza. But proper infrastructure will need to be in place for those plans to be successful, Sutton said.

Metanoia SC: Jefferson Award recipient generates positive change in North Charleston

CHARLESTON S.C. (WCIV) — Wonderful things can happen when a community comes together.Lowcountry non-profit, Metanoia SC, is listening to the people who live in North Charleston's Chicora-Cherokee neighborhood.Over the past 20 years, Metanoia has been implementing programs to meet residents' needs to generate positive changes.Shawn Saulsberry is the Board Chair of Metanoia."It's a huge responsibility because Metanoia is literally s...

CHARLESTON S.C. (WCIV) — Wonderful things can happen when a community comes together.

Lowcountry non-profit, Metanoia SC, is listening to the people who live in North Charleston's Chicora-Cherokee neighborhood.

Over the past 20 years, Metanoia has been implementing programs to meet residents' needs to generate positive changes.

Shawn Saulsberry is the Board Chair of Metanoia.

"It's a huge responsibility because Metanoia is literally serving the area that I grew up in," Saulsberry said.

Saulsberry remembers growing up in what's known as "Charleston Heights," or the "Heights" in North Charleston.

The community played an important part in his childhood.

"I didn't have the organization that we have today, but somehow I ran across those metanoia-type people who saw me, and they invested in me."

His grandfather taught him the importance of entrepreneurship.

"My grandfather taught us to work hard at an early age. He would let us rent the lawnmower from him, and we would go and cut grass in the community, and we would get to keep the profits," Saulsberry said.

Now, as a Senior Manager at the accounting firm Ernst & Young, Saulsberry uses his background of a strong work ethic to encourage the youth in the neighborhood.

Metanoia serves as a youth leadership pipeline.

"I'm not the smartest or the brightest, but I do know how to work hard, and I also know how to have endurance and not stop and just encourage them. If you do those things eventually, you're gonna find what you love. You're gonna find what you want to do in life, and it's gonna work well for you," said Saulsberry.

Metanoia was launched in 2002 by a coalition of churches across South Carolina.

By definition, Metanoia certainly works well with the community it serves.

"It means to make a positive transformation, kind of take upon a positive change of direction," explained Metanoia CEO Reverend Bill Stanfield.

Rev. Stanfield and his wife Evelyn live in the Chicora-Cherokee neighborhood with their two teenage sons.

Before Metanoia's founding, the couple spent one year getting to know their neighbors and listening to their concerns.

"We really do believe people closest to communities know the solutions to their own problems," said Stanfield.

Stanfield saw this as an opportunity to build on the positive community members saw in their neighborhood.

And Metanoia did just that.

In addition to building leaders, it's the non-profit's mission to also establish quality housing within Chicora-Cherokee.

"We build new homes for some home buyers. We also build new homes for affordable rental, all within the community where prices are going up, and people are finding it hard to afford a place to live," said Stanfield.

The organization also invests in neighborhood assets. They support black businesses on Reynolds Avenue and have a partnership with a local manufacturing company to create jobs in the community.

"There's a systematic way of listening to the community and understanding what the community needs and then coming alongside the needs of the community and becoming an advocate for what the community wants to do," said Saulsberry.

If you'd like to nominate an individual or organization for a prestigious 'Jefferson Award, email your nomination to ABC News 4's Tessa Spencer.

Newspaper moves printing operation to North Charleston, clearing way for redevelopment

One of the few remaining manufacturing facilities on the Charleston peninsula is scheduled to shut down before the new year as The Post and Courier shifts printing operations to a new location and a newer press in North Charleston.The two gigantic presses in the former newspaper building at King and Columbus streets, an assemblage of machinery three stories tall and nearly the length of a city block, are expected to print their last editions in December.The move to a new 48,000-square-foot facility and Evening Post Publishing&r...

One of the few remaining manufacturing facilities on the Charleston peninsula is scheduled to shut down before the new year as The Post and Courier shifts printing operations to a new location and a newer press in North Charleston.

The two gigantic presses in the former newspaper building at King and Columbus streets, an assemblage of machinery three stories tall and nearly the length of a city block, are expected to print their last editions in December.

The move to a new 48,000-square-foot facility and Evening Post Publishing’s related purchase of a 2008 Goss Magnum Single Width Press is “a big deal,” said Tom Harmon, the company’s director of facilities and manufacturing. “There are not a lot of companies that are investing in printing presses.”

Newspapers are increasingly focused on online subscriptions, which suit modern reading habits while avoiding the costs of printing and distributing papers, but The Post and Courier still delivers printed newspapers to more than 30,000 readers in the greater Charleston area each weekday.

The company will print most of the other 10 South Carolina newspapers it owns at the North Charleston site, as well as print publications it does not own and commercial printing jobs.

Evening Post Publishing Chairman of the Board Pierre Manigault said many community publications would have very limited printing options but for the company’s new press.

“I think a lot of the products that people in the Lowcountry are used to seeing are printed by us,” he said. “I think that, just like we are doing the Uncovered series and helping smaller community newspapers that don’t have the resources, we are trying to boost journalism in South Carolina.”

He said the press will also help the company diversify its revenue through commercial printing jobs.

“It is a pretty big investment, and we think it will pay for itself,” Manigault said.

Harmon said the newer press will do the work of the older two presses it is replacing more efficiently and with higher quality.

“In South Carolina, we are one of the main printers,” Harmon said. “That’s kind of our niche right now.”

Up close, the newer printing press is an imposing piece of machinery, 130 feet long and 40 feet wide. It consumes ink by the barrel and can rapidly turn a huge roll of paper into tens of thousands of printed, collated and folded newspapers, ready for delivery.

The former Post and Courier building in downtown Charleston has two older and larger presses, currently performing their final weeks of service. Replacing them at the World Trade Center industrial park in North Charleston is the newer press purchased from a seller in Sweden, which made its way to Charleston in multiple shipping containers.

Just creating a foundation for the machine in its new location involved eight truckloads of concrete, said Harmon.

“We’ve added a lot of upgrades and redid all the controls, and all the newest bells and whistles,” he said in November. “Right now, we’re at the stage where the press has been completely assembled and we’re going through the test process.”

A newer press in a new location is just one of many changes that followed the 2021 restructuring of Evening Post Industries, a company that traces its roots to The Courier newspaper founded in 1803.

More than 200 years later, the family-owned company was a multi-state business with interests in television stations, multiple newspapers, extensive real estate holdings on the Charleston peninsula, a forestry company, pharmaceutical company, a chain of hospices and a book publishing operation.

In recent years, those holdings were trimmed down, the television stations were sold off and so were the hospices. And in 2021, Evening Post Industries was split into three companies. Today, The Post and Courier and 10 other papers, along with book publishing, commercial printing and White Oak Forestry, are run by Evening Post Publishing Inc.

A different company, Evening Post Industries, owns about 12 acres of real estate on the Charleston peninsula, which is slated for a redevelopment called Courier Square. Those holdings include much of the land between King, Spring, St. Philip and Line streets, as well as the former newspaper building along the east side of King Street between Columbus and Line.

Previously, the company leased vacant land that it owns at Meeting and Columbus streets for the development of the $100 million The Guild apartments and the $38 million headquarters of Greystar, an international real estate manager and developer.

Evening Post Industries CEO Ron Owens said the company has received permission from Charleston’s Board of Architectural Review to demolish the block-long newspaper offices and manufacturing facilities at King and Columbus streets.

“We’re not going to tear it down right away because we don’t know what we’re going to build there,” he said, adding that plans will be worked on over the next year with input from community and civic groups.

The more immediate plans involve a large surface parking lot on the west side of King Street and surrounding properties owned by the company, where the company has received conceptual approval from the BAR for retail businesses, apartments and a senior living facility.

“If everything goes as planned, we should break ground late next year,” Owens said.

The Post and Courier is South Carolina’s largest news organization and has been expanding statewide, with reporters in Beaufort, Bluffton, Charleston, Columbia, Hilton Head, Greenville, Myrtle Beach, Rock Hill and Spartanburg.

“All of the expansion is digital, so that doesn’t affect the printing press,” Manigault said.

The Post and Courier is available in print and online in the greater Charleston area, and online elsewhere. Weekly editions of The Post and Courier are published in print for Columbia and Georgetown. Evening Post Publishing also publishes the daily Aiken Standard and weekly printed editions of the Moultrie News, Kingstree News, North Augusta Star, Summerville Journal Scene, Berkeley Independent and Goose Creek Gazette.

“We’ve been looking at this whole thing since the split-up of Evening Post Industries a year ago, and we’re really looking at it (Evening Post Publishing) as a startup company,” he said. “It’s a little bizarre, looking at it as a 200-year-old startup, but that’s how it is, and we’re looking for the best ways a media company can operate in this era.”

Charleston Metro area sees second highest job growth in nation, 2022 data shows

Despite fears of a recession, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce projects nearly 36,000 new jobs by the end of 2026.CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - New numbers this month show employment in the Charleston and North Charleston metro area saw a 6.6% increase last year. That’s the second highest in the nation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.&ld...

Despite fears of a recession, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce projects nearly 36,000 new jobs by the end of 2026.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - New numbers this month show employment in the Charleston and North Charleston metro area saw a 6.6% increase last year. That’s the second highest in the nation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“It really goes to show that our region is thriving,” said Celeste Granger, VP of Talent Development at the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Despite fears of a recession, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce projects nearly 36,000 new jobs by the end of 2026.

The chamber is piloting a grant from the federal government aimed at getting historically marginalized communities into higher paying roles in the healthcare industry. It’s something that the organization hopes can translate to other industries, including technical ones.

“We were so used to saying, you know, for so long that there needed to be a four-year degree,” Granger said. “There doesn’t necessarily need to be that.”

At Trident Technical College’s Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program, students are learning skills they will use on the job in local Charleston businesses.

“There’s definitely high demand in our area,” program director David Provenzano said.

This semester, the college has about 200 students enrolled in HVAC courses. Tuition is free through 2024.

“You can carry the HVAC trade to a lot of different levels,” Provenzano said.

He says increasing awareness of the underlying skill set is important for addressing today’s worker shortage.

“It’s got a lot of variables and being able to troubleshoot it and resolve the problem is satisfying,” Provenzano said.

Granger said that mentality applies to any industry.

“Because you might be able to find workers that you traditionally hadn’t thought about,” Granger said.

Back in the field, Benware said there’s no quick fix to the trade worker shortage.

He said his industry must focus on getting young people the message that a trade job can be fulfilling.

“You can make as much money as you want to make if you have the effort and the willingness and the desire to learn and the passion to move forward,” Benware said.

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North Charleston company goes nationwide with cast iron, carbon steel cookware

NORTH CHARLESTON — The holiday season might have passed, but it’s never too late to plan ahead, especially when purchasing a gift that is supposed to last a lifetime.That’s the promise made by Smithey Ironware Co., a company shipping cast iron and carbon steel cookware nationwide from its headquarters at the former Charleston Naval Base.“It will outlive you and that’s intentional,” said Will Copenhaver, Smithey’s Vice Pr...

NORTH CHARLESTON — The holiday season might have passed, but it’s never too late to plan ahead, especially when purchasing a gift that is supposed to last a lifetime.

That’s the promise made by Smithey Ironware Co., a company shipping cast iron and carbon steel cookware nationwide from its headquarters at the former Charleston Naval Base.

“It will outlive you and that’s intentional,” said Will Copenhaver, Smithey’s Vice President of Marketing and Sales. “It’s a business based on making things that last.”

Founder Isaac Morton started Smithey in 2015 with just one 10-inch cast iron skillet. The company’s products are now sold in nearly all 50 states, with Charleston establishments like Vern’s, High Wire Distilling and Lenoir on Smithey’s client list.

Morton credits a Griswold cast iron pan he received as a gift for jumpstarting a longtime interest in vintage cookware.

“I just thought it was a really nice piece of cookware because it was polished and I liked the branding on the other side,” Morton said. “It was really different from cast iron as I had known it.”

Morton helped Smithey add a second skillet by 2018, and the company has expanded its operations and sales since. Smithey now offers close to 20 cast-iron and carbon steel skillets, grill pans, woks and Dutch ovens online and in specialty stores such as the Preservation Society of Charleston Shop on King Street.

Though Smithey’s two biggest sales markets are in California and Texas, the business is still rooted in Charleston-based craftsmanship.

Smithey’s signature cast iron products are milled smooth from gritty raw castings at the company’s North Charleston warehouse during a multi-step process.

Metal and polishing is first removed in a machine that creates pressure and causes steel to chip away. In a matter of three minutes, Smithey’s CNC (computer numerical control) machinery sheds about four pounds of steel off its pans, raw material that is later sold.

Cast iron cookware then heads to a tumbling machine that further smooths the surface. From there, it’s on to a seasoning station, where pans are brushed with grapeseed oil and placed in the oven for about 40 minutes.

Cast iron cookware transforms from a gray color to copper by the end of this process, though with use, Smithey pans will darken like many cast-iron pans on the market.

While cast iron is made by pouring molten liquid into a mold, Smithey’s line of carbon steel products are hand-forged by the talented blacksmiths at Robert Thomas Iron Design, currently located nearby on the former Charleston Naval Base.

The decade-old company recently announced plans to expand its operations in Charleston County following a $2.9 million investment.

“We intentionally don’t take labor out of it because we want peoples’ hands on it,” said Eric Doyesburg, a Robert Thomas employee. “That’s what makes the pans we produce for them have the look and feel they do.”

Seasoned Smithey products are ready for use upon purchase. After cooking with the vessel, Morton suggests scraping off any residual food bits and rinsing with a little soap. Dry the pan and apply a tiny bit of oil before putting it away.

“I always think of seasoning as it’s just like a coat of paint on your house,” Morton said. “It’s there to protect it and keep it from rusting or oxidizing.”

Morton stresses the fact that these pans are built to last, meaning they aren’t fragile. If a cast iron or carbon steel product does need some work, Smithey’s restoration shop is there to help “bring your cast iron back to life.”

The company’s commitment to this pan preservation extends to other brands of vintage cookware. As long as it is cast iron or carbon steel, Smithey will restore it.

For more information on Smithey Ironware Co., visit smithey.com.

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