The Coast is Clear for Automotive Industry Expansion

BMW, Honda, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz Vans, and Scout are here in South Carolina and growing, which makes the northeast region a great location for motor vehicle supplier manufacturing or distribution facilities. Known for its strong regional and international transportation infrastructure, business-friendly environment, and exceptional workforce, South Carolina’s northeastern region is here for your next business expansion.



Located at the intersection of I-95 and I-20, our region is perfectly positioned to move product up and down the east coast and to many major markets to the west. Mix in our access to Inland Port Dillion, which connects directly to the Deepwater Port of Charleston via Class 1 CSX rail, and you can quickly see why moving product from our region to the world is extremely easy. Companies like Harbor Freight have proven just how successful you can be here as their distribution center in Dillon County is the second largest distribution center in the United States.

Low Business Costs

Stable and competitive property tax and state corporate income tax rates, comprehensive incentives programs, proactive utility providers, and a cooperative regulatory environment allows companies to focus on running their operations. The key word that we would like to emphasize when referring to our business friendly environment is “help” as we are a small state with big resources. Anything from infrastructure to utility needs to workforce training, help is just a simple phone call away for employers who are fortunate enough to locate in the NESA region. We are indeed here to help companies maximize their success.

Skilled Workforce

If an experienced, well-trained, skilled and available workforce are what your seeking, look no further than the NESA region. Our companies use this region’s productive workforce to churn out all-terrain vehicles, engine components, injection-molded plastics, machinery, steel, fabricated metals, packaging products, and much more. With a workforce age population of just over 1 million within 60 miles of the region’s geographical center, we have a very robust labor pool to draw from. 9.1% of the labor force is employed in manufacturing operations, a rate which is higher than the national average (8.3%). Our state and region also offer some of the best workforce training programs in the country to help bolster our diverse workforce and train your workers to meet your needs.

"Shovel Ready" Industrial Sites

NESA and our member counties have dedicated tremendous financial resources to prepare our region to win industrial projects. As a result, we can offer low-cost industrial properties, several having railroad access, that have completed extensive engineering and infrastructure due diligence. Our “shovel ready” sites have saved companies months of lost time and thousands of dollars in preliminary engineering costs. We invite you to come see what we can offer your company.

Right-to-Work State

With the lowest unionization rate in the nation and a skilled workforce that works directly with management on continuous improvement opportunities, our region is ideal for manufacturing operations.

Quality of Life

From the racetrack to the art gal­lery, sandy beaches to the sand hills, fine dining to fine fairways, there’s something for everyone in the NESA region. You can take in Art Fields, the an­nual, internationally acclaimed art festival that attracts thousands of visitors to the small town of Lake City every spring. Or be a part of NASCAR history each Labor Day weekend with the South­ern 500 at Darlington Raceway. There’s also world class eateries ranging from elegant white table cloth venues, to lick-your-fingers delicious na­tional award winning barbecue. And let’s not forget the Golf Capital of the World: Myrtle Beach, and so much more! Oh, and did we mention you can enjoy all of this in a region where the cost of living is 9% lower than the national average?

Fast Facts

Along with its strategic infrastructure, South Carolina has stable and competitive property tax and state corporate income tax rates, comprehensive incentives programs, proactive utility providers, and a cooperative regulatory environment which 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 as reported by the Area Development magazine.

Lowest Unionization rate in the country
Median Annual Wage
Employee Retention Rate in Manufacturing

Automotive Companies and Suppliers That Call Our Region Home

Travel Made Easy

The NESA region is home to two commercial airports: the Myrtle Beach International Airport, which offers direct flights to more than 50 destinations including Toronto, Canada, and the Florence Regional Airport, which offers direct flights to Charlotte Douglas International Airport connecting you to more than 170 destinations worldwide. Also accessible within two hours of various parts of our region are Charleston International, Charlotte Douglas, and Columbia Metropolitan Airports. 

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