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The best countertops make a statement in your home that other features cannot. You've worked hard to incorporate unique designs and flavors throughout your home, so why should your countertops be any different?

At Real Deal Countertops, we aspire to combine the beauty and durability of natural stone with unrivaled, personalized attention to all customers. With the highest quality materials and the most helpful customer service, we give our clients the opportunity to make informed decisions that they feel good about for years. Our story in the countertop fabrication and manufacturing industry began more than 19 years ago, when Rafael Quedevez started out as a sales representative in Massachusetts. Working his way up through the ranks, Rafael soon made his way to South Carolina to open and manage his own companies. In 2013, we created real Deal Countertops. Since that time, we are proud to have served more than 5,000 customers in South Carolina and beyond.

Our leadership team combines more than 40 years of experience in the home remodeling service industry. Always striving to create a better product for our customers, we use the latest in robotics technologies and the sharpest minds in the business to craft countertops of unparalleled quality. Unlike other countertop companies in Moncks Corner, SC, we only source the finest stone slabs in the world.

At Real Deal Countertops, we offer a wide range of styles and materials to choose from, including:

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Quartzite

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Silestone

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Marble

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Sensa

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Pollar White

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Quartz

We are committed to ensuring that granite, marble, and other unique, exotic stones are attainable to all who desire them. If you're in search of a trustworthy counter company with a team of knowledgeable, helpful experts, you have come to the right place!

Most Popular Countertops in Moncks Corner, SC

Choosing the best countertops for your kitchen is an important decision, but it doesn't have to be a hard one. One of the best ways to narrow down your search is to find out what kind of countertop material you'd like to use. While it's true that material and style trends change over time, there are several counters that have always been top sellers.

Some of the most popular countertops we sell include:

Marble Countertops in Moncks Corner, SC

There's no way around it - marble adds jaw-dropping beauty to just about any room and is known for its good looks. It is a dense stone that comes in many different hues like greens, browns, pinks, greys, whites, and more. While marble countertops often have otherworldly beauty, they can be susceptible to stains and cracks. Marble is also considered one of the most expensive counters to choose from, though the truth is marble comes in a wide range of qualities and prices.

  • Pros: Stunning beauty, plenty of beautiful choices.
  • Cons: Not always used in kitchens due to chance of staining.
  • Popular Colors: Portinari, Shadow Storm, Super White, Lumen, Calacatta Linconni, Nobulato Honned, Shadow, Grey Imperiale Honed.
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Granite Countertops in Moncks Corner, SC

When it comes to popularity, granite countertops take the cake. Granite countertops usually contain a blend of quartz, feldspar, mica, and other minerals. Granite can add an edge of elegance and even a country-chic feel to your kitchen, making it a well-rounded stone. Granite is durable and scratch-resistant, though it can require sealing and DIY chip repair.

  • Pros: Luxurious, rich look featuring natural stone that is durable, heat resistant, and scratch-resistant.
  • Cons: Hard material that may require DIY chip repair and sealing.
  • Popular Colors: Blue Jeans, Creama Pearl, Alure, Galaxy White, Luna Pear, Steel Grey, Ubatuba, Oro Brazil.

Quartz Countertops in Moncks Corner, SC

Quartz is a manufactured material that represents one of our favorite four-letter words: easy! If you're looking to add a high-end feel to your kitchen or bathroom, quartz is an excellent material to consider. Like granite, quartz countertops can add a decadent vibe to any room. Unlike granite, you may not have to seal quartz quite as often (if ever).

  • Pros: Quartz countertops come in plenty of colors to choose from and are easy to clean. They are also strong, scratch-resistant, and don't require sealing.
  • Cons: Quartz is not as heat resistant as other materials like granite counters. Sharp corners tend to crack, but that can be remedied with rounded corners.
  • Popular Colors: Noble Grey, Raw Concrete, Frosty Carrina, Shitake, Pebble, Pietra Grey, Sierra Madre, Arctic.
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Silestone Countertops in Moncks Corner, SC

A manufactured material made from quartz crystals, Silestone countertops are equal parts gorgeous and practical. Known for being a durable, non-porous choice, Silestone is resistant to stains, scratches, and even some forms of bacteria. Homeowners who choose Silestone do so because they can get a high-end look without having to worry too much about maintenance. Silestone counters look great in many different homes, from contemporary abodes with modern accents to vintage-looking kitchens.

  • Pros: Silestone countertops are non-porous, meaning germs and bacteria can't lodge themselves inside this material. This makes Silestone counters great for kitchens and bathrooms alike. This material also comes in a wide variety of colors and resists scratches and chips. Overall, Silestone is an excellent choice if you want to make a solid long-term investment without much upkeep.
  • Cons: While Silestone is great if you're looking for a low-maintenance counter option, it can be sensitive to harsh chemicals like bleach and ammonia. Silestone is also not recommended for outdoor use since the resins used to make the material do not do well with UV light.
  • Popular Colors: Daria, Gray Expo, Lagoon, Calacatta Gold, Arctic, Blanco City, Gris Expo, Desert Silver

Quartzite Countertops in Moncks Corner, SC

Not to be confused with quartz countertops, which are manmade, quartzite is a naturally occurring stone that is quarried much in the same way that granite is. If you're a fan of marble counters, quartzite mimics its looks without as much upkeep. Like granite, it is a very durable choice and adds an upscale feeling to almost any room you choose.

  • Pros: Since it doesn't require any special cleaners, quartzite looks great without much maintenance. When it gets dirty, soap and water should be all you need to clean. Quartzite is also a great long-term option since it doesn't wear down quickly at all.
  • Cons: Heat is required to form quartzite. However, you should avoid putting hot pots and pans on your quartzite countertops. Because quartzite comes in many different varieties, some forms of quartzite need to be sealed more often than others.
  • Popular Colors: Maya, Fusion, Locomotion, Callacata, Airy Concrete, Cocada White
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Which Countertop is Right for You?

If you're just beginning your search for new countertops, it can be a little overwhelming trying to whittle down your options. We've got good news - with over 19 years in the industry, our team of experts has learned a thing or two about countertops. When you come to the Real Deal Countertops showroom, one of our goals is to educate you about our products and your countertop options, so you can make an educated purchasing decision.

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How Will You Use Your Countertops in Moncks Corner?

The first and perhaps most crucial part of your countertop choice should stem from how you and your family use your countertops. For example, if you have kids, your counters will probably see a lot of activity. Between standard eating times and "in-between" meals that teens are known for, your counters might double as food prep stations. As such, you might need a countertop material that is resistant to most food and beverage stains. If you own a rental property that sees a lot of foot traffic from strangers, you might want to consider an economical material that is also durable.

  • Do you cook a lot?
  • Do you host a lot of parties?
  • How long will you be living in your home?
  • How long will you be living in your home?
Once you figure out exactly how you'll be using your countertops, you can begin to narrow down your choices.
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How Much Upkeep Is Too Much?

Be realistic and honest with yourself about this question. Before you fall in love with how a countertop material looks, be sure you understand how much upkeep is needed. Some materials require more care, while others don't need much at all.

Keep these points in mind:
  • Materials like quartz only need to be wiped down occasionally.
  • Materials like granite, marble, and limestone will need to be sealed at least once a year.
  • Some materials may be durable but aren't stain resistant.

The bottom line is this: Assess the maintenance demands that come along with the materials you're looking at. Marble countertops in Moncks Corner, SC are elegant, but if you'e unwilling to keep them looking their best, why bother buying the material?

You should be aware that most countertop materials will require some form of upkeep, even if it' minimal. To help keep your counters in pristine condition, consider these care and precaution tips:

  • Many common foods contain acids that will dull or even damage the surface of stone countertops.Use coasters to protect your counters, especially if you'e drinking something with citrus juices or alcohol.
  • Do not place scalding hot pots or pans directly on your countertops.
  • Use mats or trivets to place under hot dishes.
  • If you spill liquid on your countertops, blot the spill with a paper towel ASAP. Wiping the spill will cause it to spread.
  • Use mild soap and plain water to clean up stains.

Which Colors and Materials Match Your Home's Aesthetics?

For many homeowners, this question is almost always top-of-mind. After all, you want to choose colors and materials that fit well with other features in your home. When selecting your countertop materials, try to choose a tone that contrasts with your other amenities, like your cabinets. Don't go for a perfect match. As an example, black granite is a beautiful contrast to white cabinets.

Consider these questions when choosing your countertop materials:
  • Are there one or two colors that you love more than others?
  • Does your choice go well with the color of your kitchen's walls?
  • Do you want to switch up your kitchen's style or keep it the same?
  • Will you be painting your kitchen a different color in the future?
  • Will you be replacing your appliances soon?
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Real Deal Countertops Pro Tip:

Because your home's accessories and paint job may change with time, your countertops should have a versatile color. That way, you won't have problems matching them with new paint colors or appliances.

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Countertop Remodeling Done Right

At Real Deal Countertops, our #1 priority is your satisfaction. Unlike some countertop companies in Moncks Corner, we make it a point to exceed our customer's expectations. We strive for excellence with every transaction we complete and pledge to faithfully implement innovative techniques to ensure that our products remain affordable. With the help of Real Deal Countertops, remodeling your kitchen and bath will be painless and easy.

The appearance of a kitchen or bath depends on the right countertop selection, proper fabrication, and expert installation. Are you interested in granite countertops in Moncks Corner, SC? Maybe quartzite is a better choice for your family. Whatever you choose, know that our skilled installers and fabricators will make a template so that all custom pieces fit perfectly in your home.

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Family frustrated over problem with new Lennar home in Moncks Corner

Editor’s Note: A request for comment was sent to Lennar on March 21 to address the homeowner’s concerns. The statement was provided after the story aired; you can find it below.MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCSC) - As new subdivisions pop up all over the Lowcountry, the Lennar Corporation is one of the largest home construction companies working in the area.But one Moncks Corner homeowner says she couldn’t get the company to respond to an issue with their new house. Tom Eriksen’s daughter bought a home in ...

Editor’s Note: A request for comment was sent to Lennar on March 21 to address the homeowner’s concerns. The statement was provided after the story aired; you can find it below.

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCSC) - As new subdivisions pop up all over the Lowcountry, the Lennar Corporation is one of the largest home construction companies working in the area.

But one Moncks Corner homeowner says she couldn’t get the company to respond to an issue with their new house. Tom Eriksen’s daughter bought a home in 2022 in Cypress Preserve. It’s a Lennar-constructed community off of Cypress Gardens Road near Highway 52.

She bought one of the first homes built in a subdivision slated to include hundreds more. But when Eriksen went to visit his daughter, he noticed something wasn’t right.

“When I first looked at the house in the summer, the sun hits the side of the house and the nails on the sheathing aren’t nailed all the way in so the vinyl expands and contracts and when the sun hits it and it looks like pimples all over,” Eriksen said.

He said he contacted Lennar immediately.

“Their super came out here, looked at the house. He says, ‘Yeah, but it’s not a manufacturer’s problem.’ I said, ‘It’s not a manufacturer’s problem? You installed it wrong. You’ve got to correct it. It looks terrible.’ And they say, ‘No, we’re not going to do anything with it.’”

After trying to contact Lennar again multiple times, Eriksen said he had nowhere else to turn. He’s been in the construction business for 40 years, which is why, even though his daughter owns the home, he has taken charge of the situation. He said it’s not a structural issue per se, but because they built it wrong, Lennar should be the ones to fix it.

“I see it every time I drive up to the house,” Eriksen said. “This is like the whole house — sides, back, front. Whenever the sun hits it.

Erickson said it’s simple: fix the homes already having problems.

“Start servicing at least the first people that moved in here,” Eriksen said. “She was one of the first buyers before anyone came in and you’re not servicing them or taking care of your problems. It’s not a good outlook for the other 800 families that are going to move in here.”

Robert Knowles has been doing inspections for decades and says he sees dozens of issues with homes he inspects. He says it all comes down to code and if there are violations against it.

Knowles says while this specific issue isn’t exactly a code issue, it could lead to one.

“There’s a very common misconception that homeowners have that the builder, after the first year, he has no responsibility to repair anything else in the house,” Knowles said. “Well, that’s not true. The law is not optional: you have to comply with the code requirements. The builder is legally required to fix anything that goes wrong with your house that is related to a code. If you bring a code violation to a builder’s attention, he needs to repair that.”

South Carolina has adopted a set of Residential Construction Standards that homebuilders must abide by.

Knowles says there are three things you should do if you are buying a new build:

Knowles says he’s definitely seeing more code violations in the houses going up these last few years.

Eriksen has yet to hear from the company regarding the concerns.

Nearly a week after this story originally aired, Lennar provided the following statement:

Lennar takes the quality of our communities seriously and has inspected this home multiple times as we work toward resolution with the owner. Expansion and contraction are common with siding, but we are committed to reviewing and addressing the concerns of our homeowners.

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Berkeley County Receives $1M SCDNR Grant for Mega Boat Landing Project

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Thursday, February 1, 2024) – Berkeley County has been awarded a $1 million US Fish & Wildlife Service grant from the SC Department of Natural Resources to help fund the County’s Mega Boat Landing project, which is a partnership with Santee Cooper. The funding was announced at the Berkeley County Council meeting on Monday, January 22, 2024. See full meeting video HERE....

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Thursday, February 1, 2024) – Berkeley County has been awarded a $1 million US Fish & Wildlife Service grant from the SC Department of Natural Resources to help fund the County’s Mega Boat Landing project, which is a partnership with Santee Cooper. The funding was announced at the Berkeley County Council meeting on Monday, January 22, 2024. See full meeting video HERE.

The Mega Boat Landing project is taking place at the former Atkins Boat Landing/Lions Beach site, located at 933 Broughton Road in Moncks Corner. The site, currently undergoing construction, spans approximately 14 acres on Lake Moultrie. Project plans include renovating and expanding the property to include the following improvements:

Santee Cooper is heading the design and permitting the project’s marine elements, including the docks and breakwater. Berkeley County Engineering is permitting the design plans in cooperation with the Town of Moncks Corner and the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control. Work on the land/parking lot is being conducted by Berkeley County Roads and Bridges.

Total cost of the project is approximately $6.5 million. In addition to the $1M grant from SC DNR, project funding stems from the Berkeley County Delegation “Water Recreation Funds,” Berkeley County Accommodations Tax Funds, and SC state budget appropriations. Additional costs are being offset by work performed in-house by Berkeley County and Santee Cooper.

On March 22, 2021, Santee Cooper’s Board of Directors approved a long-term gratis lease to Berkeley County for the project. The project is expected to be complete by summer 2025.

“County Council and I are incredibly grateful for this state grant and look forward to this project inching closer to wrapping up. We excitedly anticipate that special day, in the near future, when the County and Santee Cooper can offer the public an additional location to enjoy outdoor recreation, along with providing our other overly used boat landings some much-needed relief. Aside from local daily use, we are excited of the prospects to attract the largest freshwater fishing tournaments in the world to Berkeley County and our world class fisheries.” -Johnny Cribb, Berkeley County Supervisor

“The Santee Cooper Lakes are an incredible asset for the people of South Carolina. This funding marks the next step in the construction of the Mega Boat Landing, which will be a notable addition to the lakes when it’s completed. We’re proud to be part of this project with the County; it not only will be a gathering place and resource for local residents but also will stimulate the economy by bringing additional anglers, tourists and events to Berkeley County.” -Jimmy Staton, Santee Cooper President and CEO

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WakeUp Carolina's new Moncks Corner facility sees successful first month

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCSC) - WakeUp Carolina is a nonprofit organization that offers resources to families and individuals struggling with addiction and they recently opened a facility in Berkeley County after the area saw high numbers of overdose deaths.WakeUp Carolina is based out of Mount Pleasant, but in 2023, Berkeley County saw record high numbers of overdose deaths and the organization saw a need for change, so they ...

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCSC) - WakeUp Carolina is a nonprofit organization that offers resources to families and individuals struggling with addiction and they recently opened a facility in Berkeley County after the area saw high numbers of overdose deaths.

WakeUp Carolina is based out of Mount Pleasant, but in 2023, Berkeley County saw record high numbers of overdose deaths and the organization saw a need for change, so they opened a new facility off of East Main St in Moncks Corner in February.

WakeUp Carolina provides harm reduction resources such as NARCAN training and fentanyl test strips, as well as support groups for families and individuals dealing with addiction or suffering from loss as a result of overdose. The organization also acts as a vessel for finding resources for recovery among other efforts to improve the issue of overdose and addiction in South Carolina. WakeUp Carolina’s whole foundation is based on the idea that no family will ever have to go through loss and overdose alone. The founder of the organization lost her son to an overdose and wanted to provide support to others in every way that she could.

Dean Stephens, the Director of Development for WakeUp Carolina’s new facility says that this first month of being open could not have gone any better than they had hoped and that the community has been extremely welcoming. One thing they have said all along about this facility is that the community will dictate what goes into the space and what is needed, and Stephens says that is exactly what they have done with the furniture that is currently filling the space.

Stephens says that they plan to bring the things their Mount Pleasant location offers to Berkeley County, but they also want to hear what the community needs so they can create a safe space for the people who need it.

“We listen. And we’ll listen to what the community wants. Because for us, we’re not going to tell people what they need or what they want. We’ll sit back and listen to what they need, what they want, what they tell us, and then we’ll create programs groups, and things like that, and partnerships I think is a big word too, to create partnerships within this community to help people who may want our help,” he says.

Stephens says he believes that addiction and overdose are things that impact everybody at all levels and he is excited to create more partnerships in the community to build and grow. He says that they have already been working with the local school districts, churches and local mental health departments to expand their outreach and engage with community members, and he has high hopes for the future as these partnerships are created. They just want to create a safe space for the community.

He says it means so much to him to be a part of an organization that does so much.

“We toss around words like blessing and gratitude, and I really mean those two words when I say them here in Berkeley County that we feel like it’s a blessing that we’re here. And we’re grateful that you know, we have the resources and the tools to be able to open up these doors and share with anybody who wants to walk in these doors,” Stephens says.

To commemorate the official opening of the facility, they will be holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday at 4 p.m. It will take place at their new facility at 325 E Main Street in Moncks Corner and the community is welcome to attend. This will kick off their community outreach, but Stephens says they have already been so welcoming and are excited for what’s to come.

“The community has been amazing, truly. And when people find out what we do, and the services that we provide, and the reach that we’ll have here in Berkeley County, it’s been, it’s been so welcoming,” he says. “We are here to help the individual, the family, the community.”

Copyright 2024 WCSC. All rights reserved.

Spreading Joy and Giving Back: Celebrate The Season Returns Nov. 24 to Dec. 30

The festival has donated nearly $1.2 million to local charities.MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – Celebrate The Season is back for a 13th year of warming hearts, creating special memories, and supporting local charities. Celebrate The Season’s Holiday Lights Driving Tour takes place daily from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. from Nov. 24 through Dec. 30 (closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 25). In addition, Holiday In The Park festivities will take place on Fridays and Saturdays from Dec. 8 through Dec. 23.Admission is only $10 per vehicle, wi...

The festival has donated nearly $1.2 million to local charities.

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – Celebrate The Season is back for a 13th year of warming hearts, creating special memories, and supporting local charities. Celebrate The Season’s Holiday Lights Driving Tour takes place daily from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. from Nov. 24 through Dec. 30 (closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 25). In addition, Holiday In The Park festivities will take place on Fridays and Saturdays from Dec. 8 through Dec. 23.

Admission is only $10 per vehicle, with all ticket proceeds being donated to local charities. Visitors will enjoy Celebrate The Season’s mile-long Holiday Lights Driving Tour, where festive displays with thousands of colorful LEDs complement the natural scenery of Old Santee Canal Park. Visitors can enjoy the driving tour as many times as they like on the day they purchase their ticket.

Due to the success of last year’s event, Old Santee Canal Park has extended Holiday In The Park festivities, which take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. over three weekends – Dec. 8-9, Dec. 15-16 and Dec. 22-23. Bring your family and friends to get into the holiday spirit with food, local entertainment, holiday gift vendors, free visits with Santa, and many other activities. Entry is included with admission to the Holiday Lights Driving Tour. More information is available at www.celebratetheseason.org.

All the brilliantly colored LED lighting displays are powered by 100% Santee Cooper Green Power, which is Green-e Energy certified and meets the environmental and consumer-protection standards set forth by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions. Learn more at www.green-e.org.

Since 2011, Celebrate The Season, presented by Berkeley Electric Cooperative and organized by Santee Cooper and Old Santee Canal Park, has donated nearly $1.2 million to local charities, including the Coastal Community Foundation’s Giving Back to Berkeley Fund.

Santee Cooper is South Carolina’s largest power provider, the ultimate source of electricity for 2 million people across the state, and one of America’s Best Midsize Employers as named by Forbes. Through its low-cost, reliable and environmentally responsible electricity and water services, and through innovative partnerships and initiatives that attract and retain industry and jobs, Santee Cooper helps power South Carolina. To learn more, visit www.santeecooper.com and follow #PoweringSC on social media.

Auto retailer CarMax gets rolling on SC auction site with $3.5M land deal

The Richmond, Va.-based company bought 21.6 acres near the Cypress Ridge subdivision on Feb. 29, according to Berkeley County property records. The auction center is part of $450 million in capital spending CarMax plans for the current fiscal year, which started March 1.The project would include two buildings — one for sales, the other for vehicle maintenance and minor repairs — totaling 43,861 square feet, as well as a parking lot and vehicle-staging area, according to plans submitted to the county.Auctions would b...

The Richmond, Va.-based company bought 21.6 acres near the Cypress Ridge subdivision on Feb. 29, according to Berkeley County property records. The auction center is part of $450 million in capital spending CarMax plans for the current fiscal year, which started March 1.

The project would include two buildings — one for sales, the other for vehicle maintenance and minor repairs — totaling 43,861 square feet, as well as a parking lot and vehicle-staging area, according to plans submitted to the county.

Auctions would be held once or twice a week, with a mix of roughly 230 in-person and online bidders vying for an average of 700 vehicles at each sale.

A CarMax spokesperson declined to provide any further details, such as when construction will begin and how soon it expects to start operations.

“We’ve identified this location as a potential good fit for our current growth plan,” the spokesperson said in a statement, adding “we will provide updates when available.”

Residents of the nearby neighborhood had expressed concerns about noise from the project during a Berkeley County Planning Commission meeting last year, but a CarMax spokesman said a study shows noise from its operations won’t be noticeable to those living in the more than 330 homes and townhomes near the site. He added that lighting on the site will be facing downward and inward so there won’t be light pollution spilling over into the neighborhood. A right-turn lane will also be added at the pro-ject’s entrance off Highway 17A to alleviate traffic backups.

CarMax said the auctions will only be open to licensed vehicle dealers and all maintenance and repairs will be done in an indoor facility with the bay doors closed.

Berkeley County Council approved a rezoning for the project in October.

An F-22 Raptor fighter jet participating in an exercise called "Sentry Savannah" was involved in an "aircraft mishap" at about 11:30 a.m. Monday, according to the Air National Guard 165th Airlift Wing.

The runway was closed temporarily, forcing three flights to be redirected to Charleston International, where officials said the planes taxied until they were cleared to return to the Savannah airport.

None of the aircraft deplaned while at CHS or affected other flights.

The F-22 incident remains under investigation. The pilot was not injured, the Air National Guard said in a statement.

Editor's note: The story has been updated to replace an erroneous photograph.

Kion North America said May 7 that it is partnering with Fox Robotics to make FoxBot-branded autonomous loaders that use onboard cameras and special laser sensors that can measure distances and avoid obstructions to navigate loading docks and warehouses.

The material-handling devices can detect a range of pallet types and move loads up to 3,000 pounds to and from programmed locations.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Our traction in the marketplace is tremendous, and Fox Robotics is at an inflection point in its growth arc,” the Austin, Texas-based company’s CEO said in a written statement. “We are experiencing unprecedented demand and have a massive list of bookings for Fox Robotics products and solutions. The partnership with Kion will most certainly pave the way to capture all this commercial growth.”

Fox Robotics said the FoxBot, introduced commercially in 2019, can improve workplace safety and increase productivity.

Retail giant Walmart said last month that it will try out 19 of the machines at four distribution centers, according to a report by Grocery Dive. The retail giant’s import distribution center in Ridgeville is not among the test sites, which are in Florida, Texas, New York and Alabama.

Walmart, which owns a minority investment stake in Fox Robotics, has said in investors meetings that it intends to increase the use of AI and automation technologies at all of its distribution sites in coming years.

BMW, which builds sport-utility vehicles in Greer, has also invested in the company through its iVentures venture capital firm.

“The logistics space is the single biggest market for automation for the next ten years,” Till Reuter, director of Fox Robotics’ board, said in a written statement. “Converting the shipping and receiving dock, the gateway to the warehouse, from a manual operation to an automated one will drive the greatest growth and change.”

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