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More than two decades since the first South Carolina-made BMW rolled off of the assembly line in 1994, the Palmetto State today is a leader in automotive manufacturing. Ranking first in the U.S. in the export sales of both completed passenger vehicles and tires, the annual economic impact in the state is more than $27 billion. A thriving technical college system, a highly-skilled workforce, as well as the industry advancements from Clemson University’s CU-ICAR research and training facility, South Carolina is an ideal location for your automotive facility.

  • 72,000 people in the automotive industry workforce
  • 22,900 jobs added in the automotive industry from 2011-2020
  • #1 in the export sales of both tires and completed passenger vehicles
  • Three passenger OEMs, 3 Specialty OEMs, and 5 Tire OEMs in South Carolina
  • #1 exporter of tires, with over 100,000 tires produced daily

Leading Automotive Manufacturers in SC

Use this interactive map to learn more about the automotive industry in South Carolina, and to explore the clusters created by our state’s skilled workforce, strategic infrastructure, low cost of business, and attractive quality of life.


Workforce Education & Training

readySC™ and Apprenticeship Carolina™
Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CUICAR)
Clemson University’s Department of Automotive Engineering

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