Just right for your business.

Welcome to a place where opportunity isn’t just about an industry or even a category, it’s about an attitude and a way of life.

We have created an environment that’s just right. Where people can build a good life while building products and services, and businesses great and small can prosper.

See how South Carolina is just right for you

SC IS JUST RIGHT FOR ADVANCED MANUFACTURING

From premium automobiles and appliances to boats and aircraft, each time a finished product rolls off an assembly line in this state, it helps solidify South Carolina's reputation as a location just right for advanced manufacturing.

41

Existing manufacturers announced expansions in 2016

47,000

New manufacturing jobs announced from 2011–2016

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Nutramax Laboratories

“We have a commitment beyond just investing in facilities and jobs in South Carolina. We want to continue to be a part of making Lancaster a great place to work and live.”

—Nutramax Laboratories CEO and President Todd Henderson, DVM

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Manufacturing Employment Growth in South Carolina (in thousands)

Data seasonally adjusted

Source: US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

SC IS JUST RIGHT FOR ADVANCED MATERIALS

From plastics and optics to photonics and composite material, we are supplying advanced textiles and substrates.

800

Advanced materials and composites firms

$21.9 billion

Economic impact of the advanced materials industry

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Toray Industries

"Here, we will have proximity to major customers, both in the US and in Latin American markets."

—Toray Industries President Akihiro Nikkaku

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South Carolina's Export Sales of Plastics and Rubber Products (in Billions)

Source: World Trade Atlas

SC IS JUST RIGHT FOR AEROSPACE

With an annual economic impact of $19 billion, the aerospace sector has evolved into a major pillar of the state's economy. 

400

Firms in the private sector component of the SC aerospace

108,000

South Carolinians employed in the aerospace industry

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GKN

"GKN is proud to be a part of the South Carolina aerospace community. We continue growing our strong partnership with the state of South Carolina."

—GKN Aerostructures North America CEO Daniele Cagnatel

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South Carolina's Export Sales of Aircraft (in Billions)

Source: World Trade Atlas

SC IS JUST RIGHT FOR AGRIBUSINESS

With approximately 25,000 farms and 17.5 million acres of forestland, we are in the business of growing.

$142.2 million

Investment announced by agribusiness firms in 2016

98,000

Jobs directly supported by South Carolina's agribusiness industry

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McCall Farms

“South Carolina’s agriculture climate is perfect for growing successful agribusinesses. For more than 177 years, we’ve partnered with farmers across the Southeast with the goal of delivering the freshest, highest-quality foods to our customers. As McCall Farms has grown, so have the local farmers we support.”

—McCall Farms Senior VP of Sales and Marketing Woody Swink

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Market Value of South Carolina Agriculture Products Sold (in Billions)

SC IS JUST RIGHT FOR AUTOMOTIVE

With an annual economic impact of more than $27 billion, the automotive sector is now an integral part of the state's economy.

#1

in the export sales of both tires and completed passenger vehicles

$6 billion

in capital investment from 2011 to 2016

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Mercedes-Benz

"The region has very highly skilled workers, a dense network of reliable suppliers and an outstanding logistics infrastructure that includes good transport connections to the nearby harbor."

—Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans Volker Mornhinweg

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US Automotive Export Sales

South Carolina accounts for 18% of the total U.S. automotive export sales market.
Source: World Trade Atlas

SC IS JUST RIGHT FOR DISTRIBUTION & LOGISTICS

More than 208 million people are within a two days’ drive of South Carolina.

41,000 miles

of state-maintained highways

2,300 miles

of rail

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Dollar Tree

“Dollar Tree has been extremely impressed with the South Carolina transportation infrastructure which will support the Upstate distribution center. The current project to widen Interstate 85 and the efficiencies associated with the Greer Inland Port were instrumental in our site selection process.”

—Dollar Tree Chief Logistics Officer Stephen W. White

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South Carolina's Export Sales Growth (in Billions)

Source: World Trade Atlas

SC IS JUST RIGHT FOR LIFE SCIENCES

Recent investments by leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies make South Carolina a top destination for the life sciences industry.

400

Life sciences companies currenly operating in SC

15,000

South Carolinians employed in the life sciences sector

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The Ritedose Corporation

"Since 1995, South Carolina's commitment to our success has allowed our company to continue to expand."

—The Ritedose Corp. President and CEO Dr. Umesh Dalvi

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Medical Device Patents Granted in South Carolina

SC IS JUST RIGHT FOR OFFICE/SHARED SERVICES

South Carolina's office and shared services industry prove that the Palmetto State is home to a diversified and dynamic economy.

24,100

new jobs announced by office and shared services firms from 2011-2016

$1.3 billion

in capital investment announced by this sector from 2011-2016

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SYNNEX Corporation

“South Carolina’s pro-business environment makes it attractive for companies like SYNNEX to continue to invest in the community and expand its workforce.” 

—SYNNEX Corporation President, North America Distribution, Peter Larocque

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Job Creation Announced by Office, Headquarters and Research

Source: SC Department of Commerce

SC IS JUST RIGHT FOR START-UPS

With an advantageous work climate, corporate tax structure and location opportunities, South Carolina is just right for growing a new business.

9

active angel investor groups in South Carolina, comprised of more than 200 investors

New Business Resources

Bidr

"South Carolina’s quality of life is a major advantage for start-ups competing for top talent with Silicon Valley and other hotspots."

—Bidr Founder Sam Staley

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Top Regions for Tech Output

The fastest-growing technology areas based on gross domestic product (total value of goods and services) over the past five years, according to the Milken Institute

SC IS JUST RIGHT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

Small

97%

Percentage of South Carolina's private employers that are small

Small Business Events

Newbold Services

"We've been able to succeed and grow in South Carolina because the workforce has been exceptional."

—Newbold Services President and CEO Erwin Carter

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South Carolina Goods Exports by Company Size

Small and medium-sized enterprises account for 85% of South Carolina goods exports.
Source: International Trade Administration

SC IS JUST RIGHT FOR LARGE COMPANIES

From BMW to Google, we are a state that's prepared to move your company forward.

$21.5 billion

announced capital investment in South Carolina since 2011

$2 billion

in port-related capital investments will be executed over the next decade

Industries

Honda of South Carolina

"Our most recent investment and the current plant expansion reaffirms our commitment to our customers, the state of South Carolina and our local communities.”

—Honda of South Carolina President Gary Mabrey

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Top Industries in South Carolina (by Dec. 2016 Employment)

Source: US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

SC IS JUST RIGHT FOR BUSINESS

Here in SC, both entrepreneurial local businesses and global enterprise industries find a home where they can flourish.

$14.2 billion

announced investment by South Carolina's existing industries since 2011

17,500

apprentices served by Apprenticeship Carolina

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Blackbaud, Inc.

"For nearly 30 years we’ve called South Carolina home, and this community is very important to us."

—Blackbaud President and CEO Mike Gianoni

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Economic Development Projects Recruited, 2011-2016

Expansion projects have accounted for 45% of new job creation from 2011-2016
Source: SC Department of Commerce

SC IS JUST RIGHT FOR YOUR US HEADQUARTERS

The location of our state makes it ideal for product distribution across the continental US.

1.5 million

high-speed lines connecting homes and businesses to the internet

10th

fastest growing state population in the nation

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Rite Aid Corporation

“Spartanburg is an ideal location for our new distribution center. Thanks to the State of South Carolina, we are able to further optimize our supply chain and better serve our stores and customers across the Southeast.”

—Rite Aid Chairman and CEO John Standley

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Distance to Major Cities

Mileage based on the approximate driving distance from the center of SC (Columbia) to the center of listed cities.

SC IS JUST RIGHT FOR GLOBAL BUSINESS

Global business is all about ports and good international relationships. We have both.

7%

Percentage of South Carolina's workforce that's employed by international firms

150

countries served by vessels that use South Carolina's ports

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Komatsu

“Before, we were importing through Savannah and Long Beach. Then I decided to consolidate all our imports via Charleston, giving us an advantage of better control of our shipments and better communication with Port managers."

—Komatsu Senior Manager Isamu Hamai

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Percentage Employed by International Firms

With 131,900 South Carolinians employed by international firms, the Palmetto State ranks first in the nation in the percentage of its workforce (7.03%) employed by foreign-controlled companies.