South Carolina Powered by Manufacturers

Since the end of the Great Recession in 2009, manufacturing has powered the recovery in the Palmetto State. And South Carolina continues to post strong numbers in job growth.

Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 10.16.50 AMManufacturing job growth in South Carolina has risen 13.5 percent from January 2011 to December 2014—nearly double the 7 percent average of other Southeastern states.

Many large manufacturers have surfaced including Giti Tires that promised 1,700 jobs in Chester, SC and Chrysler subsidiary Dailmer’s expansion promising 1,300 new jobs in Charleston. South Carolina is also currently in the hunt for a Volvo auto manufacturing plant.

“I don’t think it’s going to slow down a bit,” said Commerce secretary Bobby Hitt. “We’ve got a lot of jobs out there that are going to hit.”

Hitt believes that what separates South Carolina from other southern states is the port of Charleston. South Carolina has become the nation’s leading producer and exporter of tires, has created an entirely new aviation cluster with Boeing and is growing its established automotive industry with BMW and Dailmer – much of it directly related to the port.

Companies also choose the South because labor is cheaper, unions are almost nonexistent and the climate, both business and meteorological, is favorable.

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