South Carolina Advantages

Over the last several years the automotive industry in South Carolina has seen tremendous growth. Its workforce today boasts over 22,000 employees serving more than 250 automotive suppliers and three Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s), as well as plastics-related suppliers.

84,000 tires are produced every day in South Carolina, as nearly 30% of all exported tires from the US come from the Palmetto State.

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

  • Presence of four-year engineering programs within 60 miles of any location
  • Access to community or technical colleges offering mechanical courses
  • Availability of customized training programs, including welding, machinists and engineering technicians
  • Close proximity to customers and suppliers
  • 15% lower energy costs than the national average
  • No state property tax, local income tax, inventory tax nor wholesale tax

South Carolina boasts 17 accredited engineering schools.

BMW’s Spartanburg facility has more employees than any automotive assembly plant in the United States.

Workforce Education & Training

readySC™ and Apprenticeship Carolina™
  • Provides customized skills and technical training to employees of new and expanding businesses in South Carolina at little or no cost for eligible companies
  • Utilizes their proven training development model of a 3-D Process consisting of three phases – Discovery, Design and Delivery
  • Works closely with new companies to provide the recruiting, training and workforce development tools and assistance they need to get up and running quickly to meet a company’s tight deadlines
  • 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
  • Recognized as one of the nation’s premier and most experienced workforce training programs
Clemson Institute of Supply Chain Optimization and Logistics (CISCOL)

SmartState Center of Economic Excellence

  • Partners with government, business and industry to address the issues related to moving raw materials, goods and services from manufacturing to consumers
  • Research focuses on supply chain modeling, material handling, logistics, planning systems and distribution
  • Fluor Corporation is a full non-state partner for this Center, which has major ongoing projects with Michelin and Milliken
  • Located along Interstate-85’s booming industrial corridor, allowing CISCOL to provide essential support to companies and manufacturers in South Carolina
Clemson University’s Department of Automotive Engineering
  • One of only a few Universities in the nation that offers a Doctorate Degree in Automotive Engineering
  • Approximately 200 students are pursuing graduate degrees
  • Nearly 50% of graduates remain in South Carolina after graduation
Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR)

SmartState Center of Economic Excellence

  • 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
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
Savannah River National Laboratory
  • Employs a research staff of more than 700, including mechanical, chemical and nuclear engineers along with a variety of other scientists, engineers and technicians.
  • 23% of the research staff hold PhDs.
South Carolina Technical College System
  • Provides a variety of courses and degree programs related to the automotive industry, including Automotive Technology, Auto Body Repair, Diesel Equipment Technology, Advanced Automotive Systems Repair and Suspension and Transmission Repair.
  • Partners with both Clemson University and the University of South Carolina to provide advanced training

Leading Automotive Manufacturers in SC

CompanyCounty
BMW Manufacturing CompanySpartanburg
Bridgestone-FirestoneAiken
Continental Tire the AmericasLancaster
Continental Tire the AmericasSumter
Daimler Vans ManufacturingCharleston
EuWe Eugen Wexler US PlasticsAnderson
Force Protection IndustriesDorchester
Freightliner Custom Chassis CorpCherokee
Giti Tire USAChester
Honda of South Carolina ManufacturingFlorence
KiswireNewberry
Michelin North AmericaSpartanburg
Michelin North AmericaGreenville
Michelin North AmericaLexington
Michelin North AmericaAnderson
Michelin North AmericaSpartanburg
Michelin North AmericaAnderson
Mobile Armored VehiclesDorchester
ProterraGreenville
Stanco Metal ProductsAnderson
Streit USA ArmoringCharleston
Volvo Cars CorporationBerkeley
South Carolina Electric Coop