Across our five county region, over 225 companies are producing Automotive products, components, or in the supply chain, employing more than 11,300 people.

* Includes both original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers

Combined Labor Sheds' Workforce Metrics

Total Jobs (Annual 2017)
Average Earnings
(4.7% below US Avg.) (Five County Region, Annual 2017)
Job Growth (2012-2017)

South Carolina Advantages

  • Some of the largest and most respected names in the automotive sector have facilities in South Carolina, including BMW, Daimler Trucks, Honda, Bosch, Michelin, Bridgestone, Firestone, Continental and Giti Tire
  • 84,000 tires are produced every day in South Carolina, as nearly 30% of all exported tires from the US come from the Palmetto State
  • The recent announcement of Giti Tire selecting Chester County for a new 1,800 job manufacturing facility solidifies the I-77 Region’s stronghold in the Automotive sector.
  • 3.1% projected job growth in the next five years in SC (2016-2021)
  • More than 22,000 employees in the state serving more than 250 automotive-related operations
  • Average earnings in South Carolina are $77,050
  • SC has 17 accredited engineering schools and presence of four-year engineering programs within 60 miles of any location
  • Availability of customized training programs in SC, including welding, machinists and engineering technicians

Leading OEMs and Suppliers In Region

Giti Tire USA
Richburg, SC
Ridgeway, SC
Precision Equipment & Design
Winnsboro, SC
Fab Fours, Inc.
Lancaster, SC
RELiON Batteries
Fort Mill, SC
Pure Power Technologies
Blythewood, SC
American Eagle Wheel Corp
York, SC
Daimler Trucks North America
Fort Mill, SC
York, SC
Performance Friction Corporation
Clover, SC
Schaeffler Group USA, Inc.
Fort Mill, SC

Skilled Talent
Research + Innovation + Workforce Training Resources

Statewide Resources

  • Leading organization dedicated to enhancing the state’s automotive manufacturing sector’s position
  • SCMA and SCAC foster collaboration, promote innovation, and maintain a business environment conducive to growth and success in a global marketplace
  • 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
  • Comprehensive computational center dedicated to solving problems in the automotive, aerospace, and energy industries
  • Features world-class, massive high-performance computing (HPC) infrastructure, creative modeling techniques and experienced PhD & MS engineers,
  • Offers engineering simulation capabilities to assist aerospace companies with product development
  • Scholars and entrepreneurs with expertise in natural and synthetic polymer-based advanced fibrous materials, with applications in the automotive, space, athletic equipment and medical markets
  • Develops advanced synthetic polymers and enhances natural fibrous materials, including wool, cotton and silk
  • 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

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