South Carolina Advantages

South Carolina has a labor force of more than 2.1 million, with over 200,000 employed in the manufacturing industry as well as more than 18,000 employed in the chemical industry.

In addition, the synthetic rubber, paint and coating and petrochemical subsectors in South Carolina are all projected to experience significant employment growth within the next five years.

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

  • Available and affordable workforce with manufacturing and scientific skills
  • Customized training programs available for manufacturing workers
  • Availability of machinists and machine setters
  • Education programs for chemists and chemical technicians
  • Availability of raw materials (oil, natural gas, polymer resins)
  • Close proximity to customers typically within 500 miles, including automotive, medical, aerospace, consumer product and electronics industries

More than 18,000 people are employed in the chemical industry.

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.
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
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 surface ships, submarines, land vehicles and weapons
University of South Carolina’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • World-class research programs include analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry
  • One of the highest ranking programs in the nation for investment in chemical research and development (ranked 14th by a recent National Science Foundation survey)
  • Consistently listed as one of the top 30 programs in the country, based on Ph.D. productivity, by the American Chemical Society
  • One of three undergraduate chemistry programs in South Carolina recognized for its excellence by the Commission on Higher Education
Savannah River National Laboratory
  • Employs a research staff of more than 700, including chemists and chemical engineers along with a variety of other scientists, engineers and technicians
  • 23% of the research staff hold PhDs
South Carolina Technical College System
  • Offers chemical industry-related courses, including degrees and certifications in Chemical Engineering Technology and Chemical Laboratory Assistant
  • Partners with both Clemson University and the University of South Carolina to provide advanced training

Leading Chemical Manufacturers in SC

Ashland Performance MaterialsGreenville
BP AmocoBerkeley
DAK Americas-Eastman Chemical CompanyLexington
High-Purity StandardsCharleston
Milliken & CompanySpartanburg
Milliken & CompanyUnion
Milliken & CompanyGreenville
Milliken & CompanySpartanburg
Milliken & CompanySpartanburg
Milliken & CompanyAnderson
Milliken & CompanyEdgefield
Milliken & CompanyWilliamsburg
Nation Ford ChemicalYork
Nephron Pharmaceuticals CorporationLexington
WeylChem U.S.Kershaw
South Carolina Electric Coop