SC Power Team Success Stories

The following companies had recent location or expansion announcements in South Carolina and are powered by the electric cooperative power system:


South Carolina Automotive Advantages

  • Over 66,000 South Carolinians employed in the automotive sector
  • Three passenger OEMs, 3 Specialty OEMs, and 5 Tire OEMs in South Carolina
  • #1 exporter of tires, with over 100,000 tires produced daily
  • South Carolina offers low-cost, highly reliable energy. Electric rates are 15% less than the national average. To discover readily available sites powered by highly reliable, affordable power from the electric cooperatives click “SC Power Sites”
  • South Carolina has the lowest rate of unionization in the nation at 1.6 percent

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Workforce Education & Training

readySC™ and Apprenticeship Carolina™
  • Provides customized skills and technical training to employees of new and expanding businesses in South Carolina at little or no cost for eligible companies
  • Utilizes their proven training development model of a 3-D Process consisting of three phases – Discovery, Design and Delivery
  • Works closely with new companies to provide the recruiting, training and workforce development tools and assistance they need to get up and running quickly to meet a company’s tight deadlines
  • 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
  • Recognized as one of the nation’s premier and most experienced workforce training programs
  • Websites: ReadySC™ and Apprenticeship Carolina
Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR)

SmartState Center of Economic Excellence

  • Premier 250-acre automotive research, innovation and educational technology campus with $250 million in total investments and 770 on-site jobs created
  • Focuses research on Advanced Powertrain Systems, Automotive Systems Integration, Human Factors/HMI, Manufacturing and Materials, Vehicle Performance, Vehicle to Vehicle Connectivity, Vehicle Infrastructure Integration and Vehicular Electronics.
  • Website: Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR)
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
  • Website: Clemson Institute of Supply Chain Optimization and Logistics (CISCOL)
Clemson University’s Department of Automotive Engineering
  • One of only a few Universities in the nation that offers a Doctorate Degree in Automotive Engineering
  • Approximately 200 students are pursuing graduate degrees
  • Nearly 50% of graduates remain in South Carolina after graduation
  • Website: Clemson University’s Department of Automotive Engineering
Composites Manufacturing Technology Center (CMTC)
  • One of nine Centers of Excellence that serve as technology resources to the Office of Naval Research (ONR) under the Navy Manufacturing Technology Program (ManTech)
  • Focuses on the development of manufacturing processes and equipment in a cooperative environment with industry, academia and the Navy industrial facilities and laboratories
  • Works to improve manufacturing processes for composites and advanced materials, with applications for modern DoD aircraft, surface ships, submarines, land vehicles and weapons
  • Website: Composites Manufacturing Technology Center
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
  • Website: Savannah River National Laboratory
South Carolina Technical College System
  • Provides a variety of courses and degree programs related to the automotive industry, including Automotive Technology, Auto Body Repair, Diesel Equipment Technology, Advanced Automotive Systems Repair and Suspension and Transmission Repair.
  • Partners with both Clemson University and the University of South Carolina to provide advanced training
  • Website: South Carolina Technical College System

Leading Automotive Manufacturers in SC

Company County
Advanta Southeast Clarendon
Baxter Enterprises/Hi-Tech Mold & Engineering Oconee
BMW Manufacturing Company Spartanburg
Bridgestone-Firestone Aiken
Continental Tire the Americas Lancaster
Continental Tire the Americas Sumter
Daimler Vans Manufacturing Charleston
EuWe Eugen Wexler US Plastics, Inc. Anderson
Fire Equipment Services Sumter
Force Protection Industries Dorchester
Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp Cherokee
Giti Tire USA Chester
Honda of South Carolina Florence
King Automation Spartanburg
Kiswire Newberry
Michelin North America, Inc. Spartanburg
Michelin North America, Inc. Spartanburg
Michelin North America, Inc. Greenville
Michelin North America, Inc. Lexington
Michelin North America, Inc. Anderson
Michelin North America, Inc. Spartanburg
Michelin North America, Inc. Anderson
MM Technics Newberry
Mobile Armored Vehicles Dorchester
Mogul South Carolina Nonwovens Laurens
Proterra Greenville
Stanco Metal Products Anderson
Streit USA Armoring Charleston
Sundaram-Clayton Limited (SCL) Dorchester
Volvo Cars Corporation Berkeley
WG Plastics Technology Corporation Abbeville
Worksman Cycles Horry
ZF Transmissions Laurens
South Carolina Electric Coop