Message from Secretary Hitt: A Backbone of Existing Industry

American businessman and entrepreneur James Cash “J.C.” Penney Jr. once said, “Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.” That statement certainly rings true in South Carolina, which has experienced remarkable economic growth in recent years. It takes many forces working together to make this happen, and one of the most important has undoubtedly been our existing industry partners.

Last year alone, more than 60 companies announced expansions in South Carolina, bringing nearly 4,000 jobs and $1.7 billion in additional capital investment. Just this week, Lucideon M+P announced a new, $7.5 million expansion in Greenville County. The success of these companies is critical because, as they succeed, it shows the world that the Palmetto State is a place where businesses can thrive.

From automotive to aerospace, logistics to agribusiness and everything in-between, it’s evident that our existing industries have played a major role in making South Carolina one of the best places in the world to be. With their continued partnership, I know that our state will remain a location that is ‘Just right’ to live, work and play.