Motor Vehicles + Components*

Across our five counties, approximately 90 establishments in the Motor Vehicles + Components cluster employ more than 3,400 workers.

* Includes manufacturers of motor vehicles and related components, and supply chain. For a complete list of sectors, please review the Motor Vehicle + Components Target Industry Overview brochure.

Target Industry Workforce Metrics

Our five-county region draws workers from two labor sheds. York, Chester, and Lancaster County employers primarily source workers within the "Northern Labor Shed" while Fairfield and Richland County employers primarily source workers from the "Southern Labor Shed". Please see our 2018 Workforce Study to learn more about these geographies.

Jobs in Industry (2018)
Average Annual Earnings (I-77 Region, 2018)
Industry Job Growth (2010-2018)

* Labor sheds contain overlapping geographies and cannot be summed.

South Carolina and I-77 Region 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
  • Over 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
  • From 2013 to 2018, South Carolina added over 16,600 jobs in this cluster, an increase of 38%
  • Average earnings in this cluster for the I-77 region and South Carolina are 22% and 18% below the US rate, respectively
  • In 2018, twenty-nine institutions of higher education across South Carolina and nearby North Carolina counties awarded nearly 2,700 degrees in fields related to the fifteen occupations with highest projected demand in the Motor Vehicles + Components cluster

Motor Vehicles Brochure

Motor Vehicle + Components Manufacturers & Suppliers

Company Location
BomagRidgeway, SC
Giti Tire USARichburg, SC
Precision Equipment & DesignWinnsboro, SC
Fab Fours, Inc.Lancaster, SC
RELiON BatteriesFort Mill, SC
American Eagle Wheel Corp.York, SC
Company Location
MeritorYork, SC
Performance Friction Corp.Clover, SC
Schaeffler Group USA, Inc.Fort Mill, SC
PurePower TechnologiesBlythewood, SC
Dayton Rogers Manufacturing Co.Columbia, SC
AMBAC International Corp.Elgin, SC

Recent Expansion or Relocation Announcements

Announced Company Sector County Pledged Investment Pledged Jobs
2018 Wheel Pros, LLC Manufacturing - Wheels York $13,900,000 275
2018 Meritor Manufacturing - Axles, brakes, and suspensions York $7,800,000 26
2017 Fab Fours, Inc. Manufacturing - Custom fenders/bumpers Lancaster $5,700,000 88
2016 PurePower Technologies Manufacturing - Fuel injection equipment Richland $15,000,000 79
2016 Schaeffler Group USA Inc. Manufacturing - Precision automotive components York $36,500,000 105

Skilled Talent
Research + Innovation + Workforce Training 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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