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Target Industries

The Palmetto State’s rich manufacturing legacy has shaped a solid foundation for success in a wide variety of modern industries. South Carolina’s convenient mid-Atlantic location and strong, pro-business climate make the state a lucrative destination for several target industries:

The presence of key military installations such as Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter and Charleston Air Force Base and Naval Station draws leading aerospace companies. With ample supplies of experienced, well-trained workers, new and existing aerospace operations enjoy a cost-competitive environment and access to readySC, one of the nation’s best worker training programs.

South Carolina has earned its reputation as a leading North American outpost for European auto manufacturers and key suppliers such as Forgitron and Hengst.  The state’s automotive industry leverages manufacturing-savvy workers, research opportunities at Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research, and strong transportation assets to sharpen the state’s competitive edge.  

Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals
Leading national and global life sciences names such as Roche, BD and Martek Biosciences have established R&D, production and support sites in South Carolina.  The northeastern region of the state alone is a regional medical hub with more than 600 PhD's in the community providing ready access to strong skills and experience to meet a company’s workforce requirements.

The Port of Charleston, the nation’s second largest container terminal, is a key asset serving distribution and logistics operations across South Carolina. Its sprawling presence is complemented by five Interstates that criss-cross the state, over 50 general aviation airports, and 14 railroads, giving easy access to the East Coast and the world.

Forestry and Wood Products
Over 270 wood product companies such as Grant Forest Products and Sonoco comprise the state’s forestry and woodworking industry, with large and small operations that include lumber and plywood manufacturing, as well as pulp, paper and paperboard production. Over $1 billion of the state’s forestry and wood products is exported annually via the state’s seaports.

Food Processing and Distribution
South Carolina’s fertile soils have driven the success of value-added agribusiness companies for generations. Today, the state’s large consumer foods industry includes top national and global names such as Heinz, Sopako and Pilgrim’s Pride.

Nonwovens/Advanced Textiles
South Carolina’s textile heritage has evolved into an advanced manufacturing industry that produces synthetic fiber products for a number of industries.  Companies like Ahlstrom and Highland Industries are producing nonwoven products for consumers and for commercial use in the aerospace, automotive and defense industries. 

Plastics and Chemicals
Global industry legends as well as smaller, entrepreneurial firms comprise South Carolina’s large and growing plastics and chemical manufacturing sectors.  PolyQuest, EMS-Chemie North America, Sonoco Products and other well-known plastic manufacturers and processors have operations in South Carolina.

South Carolina, with its unique industrial assets and business amenities, is a competitive destination for knowledge-driven businesses eager to connect to the global economy.

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