South Carolina Advantages

South Carolina’s multi-modal infrastructure and wide array of transportation resources provide a distinct advantage to warehousing and distribution companies.

South Carolina’s excellent resources and incentives in the distribution, warehousing and logistics industry, include the following:

  • Port of Charleston, which has five terminals and has received worldwide recognition for its innovative design and productivity
  • Port of Georgetown, which includes specialty cargo handling facilities
  • Inland Port in Greer, which brings the state’s marine facilities more than 200 miles inland
  • Three Foreign Trade Zones in South Carolina with 32 strategically located sites throughout the state
  • Four major commercial airports serve the state, which is also home to 50 municipal airports
  • Comprehensive multi-modal transportation network that includes 11 interstate highways connecting South Carolina to key markets in the north, south and west
  • Excellent State highway system, ranked 7th best in the nation by the 20th Annual Performance of State Highway Systems Report published by the Reason Foundation
  • Expansive rail system including two Class I railroads – CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern – and eight independent lines to service 2,300 miles of rail

South Carolina boasts of approximately 730 companies with more than 47,500 workers employed in the distribution, warehousing and logistics 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.
Center for Global Supply Chain & Process Management (GSCPM)

University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business

  • Provides innovative and value-added solutions to organizations in process improvement and global supply chain design, coordination and implementation
  • Offers an opportunity for client organizations to collaborate with one another and to connect with potential future employees
  • Provides cutting-edge education and training to students
  • Ranked #12 in the 2014 “Top U.S. Supply Chain Undergraduate University Programs,” released by Gartner, Inc., an information technology research firm and the premier organization for ranking U.S. supply chain education 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
South Carolina Technical College System
  • Offers numerous supply chain and logistics courses, including degrees and certifications in Supply Chain Management, Logistics Management, Logistics Analysis and Data Warehouse Technical Consulting
  • Partners with both Clemson University and the University of South Carolina to provide advanced training

Distribution, Warehousing, Logistics Industries in SC

Dollar GeneralUnion
Fruit of the LoomBerkeley
Harbor Freight ToolsDillon
Performance Foodservice - IFH FlorenceFlorence
Regal LogisticsCharleston
Rite AidSpartanburg
Ruiz Food ProductsFlorence
Southeast Frozen FoodsCalhoun
Starflo CorporationClarendon
TBC CorporationBerkeley
South Carolina Electric Coop