Darlington County is the home of globally recognized companies and is always ready to showcase a business-friendly environment, low cost of doing business, and a world-class workforce that those companies have enjoyed for years.
Located near the crossroads of Interstate 95 and Interstate 20, Darlington County is the center of its own impressive business universe. Sonoco, a world leader in packaging materials, has its international corporate headquarters here and is the only Fortune 1000 company to have its global headquarters in South Carolina. Other world-renowned operations that call Darlington County home include Nucor Steel, Duke Energy’s HB Robinson nuclear plant, Georgia-Pacific, 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 of up to $8,000 per job. In addition to a progressive business climate and an impressive blend of industries, Darlington County offers accessible transportation infrastructure, including interstate access, as well as an educated workforce, and a high quality of life.
Coker College, Florence-Darlington Technical College and the South Carolina Governor's School of Math and Science, one of only 12 residential high schools in the nation dedicated to advanced study in STEM fields, offer the workforce continued opportunities to grow.
QUALITY OF LIFE
Darlington Raceway, home to the Bojangles Southern 500, is a national treasure. Known as the “Lady in Black” and the “Track Too Tough To Tame,” the annual NASCAR race is just a part of the track’s yearly activities. From car shows to family movie-nights, the track is responsible for more than $54 million in annual economic impact.
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 in one of the few residential high schools in the nation. 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 500 company: Sonoco Products. From multinational corporations to locally-owned upstarts, we have nurtured a culture that fuels ingenuity and innovation throughout our community.
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 both in the region and across the nation.