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South Carolina Advantages

Over the last five years, the aerospace industry in South Carolina has seen tremendous growth, with a workforce today of over 23,000 employees in more than 200 aerospace and defense manufacturing facilities and suppliers.

In addition, South Carolina’s growth in this industry is projected to exceed 42% within the next five years.

South Carolina is comprised of excellent resources and incentives in the aerospace industry, such as:

  • Access to reliable and affordable electric energy with a diverse mix of energy sources including hydroelectric, nuclear, coal and natural gas with rates averaging 15% below the national average
  • Availability of an affordable workforce with key technical skills
  • Close proximity to customers and suppliers
  • Comprehensive transportation infrastructure
  • R&D activities
  • Variety of incentives such as tax credits, training and other financial assistance

Global leader Boeing selected South Carolina for its final assembly and composite manufacturing facility in North Charleston. South Carolina is one of 3 sites in the world building wide-body passenger jets.

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.
McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research - USC

University of South Carolina’s College of Engineering and Computing

  • $4.5 million Advanced Composite Materials Research Center
  • South Carolina’s only master’s degree in aerospace engineering and engineering management, offering an undergraduate minor in aerospace engineering
  • Provides Total Workforce Development, conducting objective, verifiable and comprehensive analysis based on industry workforce requirements
  • Partners with organizations to promote STEM programs, curriculums, camps and activities
  • Focuses on developing new lightweight composite structures and advanced robotic technology for aircraft components
  • Only university center in the US with a production-level fiber placement machine
  • Conducts research targeting industry needs such as engineered materials, stir friction welding and processing, durability, fatigue analysis and health monitoring
Clemson University’s Computational Center for Mobility Systems (CU-CCMS)
  • Comprehensive computational center dedicated to solving problems in the automotive, aerospace, and energy industries
  • Features world-class, massive high-performance computing (HPC) infrastructure, creative modeling techniques and experienced PhD & MS engineers,
  • Offers engineering simulation capabilities to assist aerospace companies with product development
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
Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CUICAR)
  • Premier 250-acre automotive research, innovation and educational technology campus with $250 million in total investments and 770 on-site jobs created
  • Focuses research on Advanced Powertrain Systems, Automotive Systems Integration, Human Factors/HMI, Manufacturing and Materials, Vehicle Performance, Vehicle to Vehicle Connectivity, Vehicle Infrastructure Integration and Vehicular Electronics, which can be applied to the aerospace industry
The Challenger Learning Center

Richland County School District One

  • Provides interactive learning experiences in aeronautics and space education, where students K-12 apply their math and science knowledge through simulations, scenarios, and activities that help develop practical skills in teamwork, problem solving and communications
  • Hosts immersive learning missions for students based on simulations used by NASA to prepare astronauts
  • Offers a flight training department with two aviation programs, each containing several training modules
  • Houses a portable e-Planetarium along with hands-on science explorations
  • Partners and collaborates with NASA, SC Aeronautics Commission, U.S. Air Force, University of South Carolina’s McNair Center and College of Engineering and Computing as well as College of Charleston’s Department of Physics and Astronomy
South Carolina Technical College System
SC Technical College System
  • Offers close to 80 aerospace courses, including degrees and certifications in Aircraft Maintenance Technology, Aircraft Manufacturing, Avionics Technology and Quality Assurance Technology
  • Partners with both Clemson University and the University of South Carolina to provide advanced training

Leading Aerospace Manufacturers in SC

Advanced Composite Materials, LLCSpartanburg
Aero Precision ProductsDorchester
AF Gloenco (Ameriforge)Greenville
AMBAC International CorpRichland
ATI Specialty MaterialsChester
Avionics Seaonics InternationalBerkeley
AVX CorporationHorry
BAE SystemsAiken
Boeing IRCBerkeley
Boeing South CarolinaCharleston
Boyd CorporationCherokee
Dynamic SolutionsBerkeley
Carbures USAGreenville
Cargo CompositesBerkeley
Champion AerospacePickens
Cytec IndustriesGreenville
Cytec IndustriesAiken
Cytec IndustriesYork
Eaton CorporationGreenwood
GE AviationGreenville
GKN Aerospace-South CarolinaOrangeburg
Honeywell InternationalGreenville
JPS Composite MaterialsAnderson
JPS IndustriesGreenville
Michelin Aircraft Tire CompanyGreenville
Nasmyth Precision ProductsNewberry
Northrop Grumman CorporationBeaufort
Porvair Filtration GroupYork
RBC AeroStructuresOconee
SKF Aero Bearing Service CenterCharleston
Tiger Enterprises & TradingLaurens
Toray IndustriesSpartanburg
United Interiors InternationalCharleston
UTC Aerospace SystemsBamberg
UTC Aerospace SystemsGreenville
UTC Aerospace SystemsGreenwood
Venture Autobearings, LLCBerkeley
Winbro Group TechnologiesYork
South Carolina Electric Coop Santee Cooper