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North Eastern Strategic Alliance: Expanding Business In South Carolina

BMW, Honda, Volvo, and Mercedes-Benz Vans have a presence in the northeast region of South Carolina, and they are growing. The area, known for its strong regional and international transportation infrastructure, business-friendly environment, and exceptional workforce, is a great location for motor vehicle supplier manufacturing or distribution facilities. South Carolina’s northeastern region is here for vehicle suppliers’ next business expansion to support OEM customers with JIT deliveries.

The northeast region of South Carolina, known for its strong regional and international transportation infrastructure, business-friendly environment, and exceptional workforce, is a great location for motor vehicle supplier manufacturing or distribution facilities.

Northeastern South Carolina is located halfway between Miami and New York City and, with its transportation and trade infrastructure, makes moving product easy—both domestically and internationally. The region’s vast system of over 600 miles of state and federal highways creates a network of efficient truck routes to the region’s two interstate highways, I-95 and I-20, positioning the region perfectly to move product up and down the east coast and to many major markets to the west. Additionally, northeastern South Carolina is home to the South Carolina Ports Authority’s Inland Port in Dillon, a rail-connected extension of the Port of Charleston, where all the same services as a deep-water port are offered at a fraction of the cost.

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Auto makers BMW, Honda, Volvo, and Mercedes-Benz Vans each have a presence in the Northeast region of South Carolina. (Photo: North Eastern Strategic Alliance)

 

Along with its strategic infrastructure, South Carolina has stable and competitive property tax and state corporate income tax rates, comprehensive incentive programs, proactive utility providers, and a cooperative regulatory environment that allows companies to focus on running their operations, reducing their opportunity costs, and maximizing their bottom line. These are just a few reasons why South Carolina is nationally recognized in the top three states for doing business.

With the lowest union membership rate in the nation and education/training customized to employers, northeastern South Carolina has the ideal labor climate for manufacturing operations. Companies located in South Carolina’s northeastern corner utilize the region’s well-trained and industrious workforce to produce all-terrain vehicles, engine components, injection-molded plastics, machinery, steel, fabricated metals, packaging products, and much more. Electric vehicle batteries now join this list as Envision AESC is constructing a new battery manufacturing facility to supply BMW.

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Continuing to meet employers’ growing workforce development needs are South Carolina’s nationally recognized workforce training and development programs, comprehensive technical college system, and four-year universities. Northeastern South Carolina has several state-of-the-art training facilities, including: Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology, two Horry-Georgetown Advanced Manufacturing Centers, and the Continuum. Of course, there are many other assets throughout the region as well, such as three four-year universities, four technical colleges, and nationally renowned workforce development programs like ReadySC and SC Works.

North Eastern Strategic Alliance (NESA) and its member counties have dedicated tremendous financial resources to preparing its communities for future industrial development. As a result, extensive engineering and infrastructure due diligence has been completed, and many industrial properties are shovel-ready or even have a speculative building ready to go. The region’s premier industrial parks are fully-served with utilities already in place, many of which have access to rail.

Visit www.nesasc.org for more information.


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