A unique location offering endless opportunities for advanced manufacturing
Like communities throughout the country, Clarendon County, South Carolina has experienced challenges with economic growth over the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite ups and downs generated by the pandemic, our community didn’t just survive the whirlwind, it prospered.
“During the pandemic we’ve noticed a shift in manufacturing priorities in the supply chain. More and more companies are looking to mitigate risks and cannot rely on the supply chain originating overseas,” explains George Kosinski, Executive Director of the Clarendon County Development Board. “Since 2020 we have announced multiple new projects totaling 30 million in capital investment and over 350 new jobs. This type of robust growth has not been experienced in over a decade and it would not have been possible without the availability of skilled labor, available product and a supportive business ecosystem,” Kosinski added.
WHERE STRATEGY MEETS OPPORTUNITY
Uniquely situated on the I-95 corridor with six interstate interchanges and centrally located in South Carolina, Clarendon County is an ideal location for manufacturing facilities seeking logistical advantages. Bisecting the county from north to south, I-95 provides existing industries effortless interstate access along the U.S. Eastern seaboard. This major throughfare also connects to I-26 providing a direct route to port and air cargo transport resources. The Port of Charleston is a mere 80 miles southeast and 60 miles to the west will give you access to Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) and its UPS and FedEx air hubs.
Seven industrial sites are located throughout the more than 607 square miles of business-friendly soil located within the county. With ample infrastructure and green field sites ranging from 5 to 1,400 acres, plus an expandable 50,000 square foot speculative building under development, companies have a varied selection of properties from which to launch their next facility. A pro-business environment, supported by an aggressive local incentive structure and readied network of economic development experts, help accelerate speed to market for prospective companies.
SKILLED TALENT POOL
With a dedicated and ample labor force of over 200,000 skilled hands within a 60-minute drive, businesses in Clarendon County have a reliable talent base at their doorsteps. Bicycle Corporate of America launched its local operations in 2014 with the intention of reshoring assembly from China. Bicycle Corporation of America Human Resources Manager, LaShonna Meagley, says finding quality employees is not a difficult task. “We have an outstanding team consisting of a core group who are loyal and committed to producing safe bikes for the public,” explains Meagley.
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