South Carolina Advantages
- Wood Product Manufacturing (11%),
- Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing (9%),
- Building Material, Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers (7%), and
- Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing (3%).
Of South Carolina’s labor force of 2.1 million, nearly 129,000 workers are currently employed in industries that may have the ability to manufacture or implement sustainable building products.
South Carolina is comprised of excellent resources and incentives in the sustainable building product industry, such as:
- Availability of raw materials, including wood material, as South Carolina’s forests cover an estimated 2/3 of the total land area.
- State-of-the-art workforce training facilities with customized programs for engineers, machinists, welders and other technical workers
- Proximity to markets, including more than 270 companies in the forestry and wood products industry
- 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
- State’s highways have been 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.
- Clemson University’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences
- More than 2,700 graduate and undergraduate students
- 20 academic programs ranging from Environmental & Natural Resources to Forest Resources Management
- Features statewide research, extension and regulatory programs in the building products and packaged materials industries
- South Carolina Technical College System
- Offers numerous sustainable building products and manufacturing industry related courses, including degrees and certifications in Mechatronics Technology, Machine Tool and Manufacturing Management and Leadership
- Partners with both Clemson University and the University of South Carolina to provide advanced training