SC Power Team Success Stories

The following companies had recent location or expansion announcements in South Carolina and are powered by the electric cooperative power system:


South Carolina Advanced Materials Advantages

  • Over 30,000 South Carolinians employed in these industries
  • South Carolina’s Composites Consortium, founded in 2000, supports furthering technological advances in composite manufacturing
  • $1.1B in the export sales of plastics in 2016
  • South Carolina offers low-cost, highly reliable energy. Electric rates are 15% less than the national average. To discover readily available sites powered by highly reliable, affordable power from the electric cooperatives click “SC Power Sites”
  • South Carolina has the lowest rate of unionization in the nation at 1.6 percent

Workforce Education & Training

readySC™ and Apprenticeship Carolina™
  • Provides skills and technical training to employees of new and expanding businesses in South Carolina
  • Works closely with new companies to provide the recruiting, training and workforce development tools and assistance they need to get up and running
  • Helps a company’s workforce continue to grow by guiding companies through the registered apprenticeship process from initial information to full recognition in the National Registered Apprenticeship System
  • Websites: ReadySC™ and Apprenticeship Carolina™
Composites Manufacturing Technology Center of Excellence (CMTC)
  • One of nine Centers of Excellence that serve as technology resources to the Office of Naval Research (ONR) under the Navy Manufacturing Technology Program (ManTech)
  • Focuses on the development of manufacturing processes and equipment in a cooperative environment with industry, academia and the Navy industrial facilities and laboratories
  • Works to improve manufacturing processes for composites and advanced materials, with applications for modern DoD aircraft, surface ships, submarines, land vehicles and weapons
  • Website: Composites Manufacturing Technology Center
Clemson University’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Offers M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in Chemical Engineering
  • Strong departmental research programs exist in polymer processing, rheology, fiber and film formation, supercritical fluids, separation processes, energy, kinetics and catalysis, biosensors and biochips, and membrane applications
  • Research activities encompass advanced materials, bioseparations, visual process modeling, and molecular simulation ranging from purely theoretical topics to the analysis and improvement of full-scale industrial processes
  • Website: Clemson University’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Clemson University’s Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET)

SmartState Center of Economic Excellence

Clemson University Advanced Materials Center
  • internationally recognized for its work in advanced fibers, films, ceramics, plastics, optics, composites and nanomaterials
  • 111,000 square foot research laboratory and technology campus in Anderson
  • Website: Clemson University Advanced Materials Center
Clemson University Advanced Fiber-based Materials Center

SmartState Center of Economic Excellence

Clemson University's Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics
  • created to capitalize on the synergies that exist between the graphic communications and the packaging science departments
  • only university program in the country with this multidisciplinary approach to packaging as a core competency
  • houses the only research and development center of its kind in the nation
  • Website: Clemson University’s Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics
Clemson University Materials Science and Engineering Bachelor’s Degree
University of South Carolina (USC) Nanocenter

SmartState Center of Economic Excellence

  • research team has developed unique capabilities for synthesizing polymer nanocomposites containing custom-made, synthetic platelet materials
  • aims to foster innovation in polymer manufacturing through basic research
  • strives for joint University/industry development of polymer nanocomposite technology for near-term commercialization
  • implements workforce development through student involvement in research, cross-disciplinary education, and industrial internships
  • Website: University of South Carolina (USC) Nanocenter
Nanocomposites Manufacturing Partnership (PNMP)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded $600,000 over three years to establish the PNMP
  • A joint effort of the University of South Carolina (USC) and polymer manufacturing companies located in or near South Carolina
  • Website: Nanocomposites Manufacturing Partnership (PNMP)
Savannah River National Laboratory
  • Employs a research staff of more than 700, which includes chemists and chemical engineers, as well as a variety of other scientists, engineers and technicians
  • 23% of the research staff hold PhDs
  • Website: Savannah River National Laboratory
University of South Carolina – Investment in Chemical Research
  • USC’s investment in chemical research and development is one of the highest in the nation ranking 14th nationally
  • USC is one of just three schools in the southeast, public or private, to rank in the top 15
  • USC’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has been consistently listed as one of the top 30 programs in the U.S., based on Ph.D. productivity, by the American Chemical Society
  • Website: USC’s Investment in Chemical Research
Roger Milliken Research and Customer Center
  • Leader in private sector research in the textile industry with more than 2,000 patents
  • Home to the largest textile research center in the world
  • Milliken & Company is one of the world’s largest privately held textile and chemical manufacturers
  • Website: Roger Milliken Research and Customer Center

Leading Advanced Materials Manufacturers in SC

ACI PlasticsOconee
Advanced Manufacturing & Power Systems, Inc. (AMPS)Abbeville
Albany InternationalBerkeley
Alexium InternationalSpartanburg
AS/R Systems, Inc.Jasper
BP CryovacGreenville
Composite ResourcesYork
DAK Americas-Eastman Chemical CompanyLexington
DUER High Performance CompositesBeaufort
DuPont™ Kevlar®Berkeley
FUJIFILM ManufacturingGreenwood
GKN AerospaceOrangeburg
ICI-Innovative Composites InternationalOrangeburg
Intertex Transloading ServicesBerkeley
LifeStone MaterialsAnderson
Milliken & CompanySpartanburg
Milliken & CompanyUnion
Milliken & CompanyGreenville
Milliken & CompanySpartanburg
Milliken & CompanySpartanburg
Milliken & CompanyAnderson
Milliken & CompanyEdgefield
Milliken & CompanyWilliamsburg
MPW Industrial ServicesGeorgetown
Nation Ford ChemicalYork
Palmetto SyntheticsWilliamsburg
Precision SoutheastMarion
Showa Denko Carbon, Inc.Dorchester
Sonoco ProductsDarlington
Starflo CorporationClarendon
Toray IndustriesSpartanburg
USA Wool, Inc.Berkeley
Wellman, Inc.Florence
WeylChem U.S. Inc.Kershaw
WG Plastics Technology CorporationAbbeville
South Carolina Electric Coop