County Overview

Darlington County is the home to globally recognized companies and is always ready to showcase a business-friendly environment, low cost of doing business, and a world-class workforce that companies have enjoyed for years.


Located near the junction of I-95 with I-20, Darlington County is the center of its own impressive business universe. Sonoco Products, a world leader in packaging materials, has its international corporate headquarters in the county and is the only Fortune 1000 company to have its global headquarters in South Carolina. Other world-renowned operations that call Darlington County home are Nucor Steel, Duke Energy’s HB Robinson nuclear plant, Georgia-Pacific, Fibers Industries, Stingray Boats, North Industrial Machine, PolyQuest and many others.


South Carolina is a right-to-work state, making Darlington County a union-free place to get work done. The county also has a host of incentives for new and expanding industries, including job tax credits. In addition to a progressive business climate and an impressive blend of industries, Darlington County offers accessible transportation infrastructure, including interstate access, and a high quality of life.


Coker University and Florence-Darlington Technical College, with its Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing Technology offer the workforce continued opportunities to grow. The Darlington County Institute of Technology is in the center of the county as a feeder from the county’s four public high schools. It is a training facility that awards certificates in many manufacturing sectors. One of the feeder high schools is Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology. It is rated fourth best high school in South Carolina by US News and World Report.

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Quality of Life

Motor Sports

Darlington Raceway is a national treasure. Known as the “Lady in Black” and the “Track Too Tough to Tame,” it hosts multiple NASCAR races as just a part of the track’s yearly activities. From car shows to family movie-nights, the track is responsible for more than $100 million in annual economic impact.

Academic Excellence

Darlington County School District has the number one four-year graduation rate in the state of South Carolina and is home to the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, an advanced STEM training institution. Coker College, a four-year liberal arts college, also resides in the county and has been educating students for more than 100 years.

Strong Corporate Presence

Hartsville is the smallest city in America to be headquarters of a Fortune 1000 company, Sonoco Products. From multinational corporations to locally owned upstarts, we have nurtured a culture that fuels ingenuity and innovation throughout our community.

Agricultural Heritage

Darlington County’s agricultural roots run deep, but it’s more than just our heritage. Clemson University has a research facility here that does cutting-edge research on a variety of plant species and how to improve commercial production of crops. Birdsong Peanuts and Gillespie Peanuts have facilities in the county for production of the South’s favorite legume.

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