South Carolina Advantages
In South Carolina, steel product manufacturing from purchased steel industry is projected to grow by 24% within the next five years – with the rolled steel shape manufacturing industry to exceed 28% within that same time frame.
Of South Carolina’s labor force of 2.1 million, over 200,000 are in the manufacturing industry with more than 2,300 employed in steel manufacturing.
South Carolina is comprised of excellent resources and incentives in the steel industry, such as:
- State-of-the-art workforce training facilities with customized programs for engineers, machinists, welders and other technical workers
- Proximity to markets, including primary customers in the automotive, aerospace, appliances, construction and machinery sectors
- 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
- 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
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.
- Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (SiMT)
Florence-Darlington Technical College
- A state-of-the-art facility which offers Additive Manufacturing/Rapid Prototyping, Design Engineering and Virtual Prototyping as well as houses an Advanced Machining Center, 3D Virtual Reality Studio and Conference Center
- Offers employee training in a 3D, virtual reality environment reducing both expenses and exposure to accidents
- Gives smaller manufacturers the ability to compete with larger competitors in filling product orders, saving them from investing in new equipment and processes
- South Carolina Technical College System
- Offers numerous manufacturing and steel industry related courses, including degrees and certifications in Mechatronics Technology, Industrial Electronics Technology, Machine Tool and Manufacturing Management and Leadership
- Partners with both Clemson University and the University of South Carolina to provide advanced training
- 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.