Why South Carolina?

Businesses are finding their way to South Carolina from all over the globe. As the nation’s leader in attracting foreign direct investment, South Carolina has made its mark on the map.


Our state is home to global giants—Boeing, Volvo Cars, Google, Samsung, BMW, Giti Tire, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Continental, Michelin, Bridgestone and many others. These companies are benefiting from our highly-skilled workforce and an integrated transportation system of highways, railways, seaports, airports, and inland ports to connect their goods and services to consumers around the world.

A logistics-centric and business-friendly environment, the Palmetto State offers the infrastructure necessary to attract new industry and supply skilled workers, allowing companies to thrive and expand here.


  • Energy rates nine percent lower than the national average
  • Reliable and affordable energy
  • Diverse mix of energy sources
  • 2/3 of the state is covered by electric cooperatives


  • South Carolina is a right-to-work state
  • Low cost of doing business
  • Very low unionization rate
  • Wide variety of incentives avaliable for companies locating or expanding in the state

Transportation & Logistics

  • Port of Charleston – Deepest port on East Coast
  • Two Inland Ports – Dillon and Greer
  • Two Class I rail lines – Norfolk Southern & CSX
  • 2/3 of the U.S. population is within a 24-hour drive

Quality of Life

  • 1,800 miles of shoreline
  • Property taxes amongst the lowest in the country
  • Two Class I rail lines – Norfolk Southern & Average annual temperature: 68° F
  • 3.5 hour travel-time from the beach to the mountains

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