Originating from our past as a world leader in textile production, our region is now home to some of the most advanced plastics and chemicals operations anywhere. From virgin plastics and industrial chemicals to plastics recycling to pharmaceutical ingredients, our region has broad experience in plastics and chemicals. Contact our team today to begin your site search.
Being located near the I-95 and I-20 corridors and having an inland port within the region makes the receipt of raw materials and shipping of finished goods easy and cost-effective. Our internal network of four-lane divided highways also augments the region’s infrastructure by providing easy access to/from the interstate corridors both allowing for the ease of freight movements and for widening the workforce radius.
With more than 350 track miles and the largest CSX rail yard in South Carolina being located here, robust railroad service is readily available. In addition, several shortline railroads serve large portions of the region as well. In recent years, our region has made a concerted effort to identify and develop industrial parks and sites with railroad access so that we can secure even more industrial jobs for our region.
“Shovel Ready” Industrial Sites
NESA and our member counties have dedicated tremendous financial resources to preparing 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 plastics or chemical products company.
Inland Port Dillon
A game-changer for our region, the inland port is essentially the Port of Charleston right here in our region. With competitive drayage rates, intermodal rail service, and easy access to I-95, Inland Port Dillon will reduce logistics costs for port-related logistics companies located within the region.
With average industrial electrical rates 12% below the national average and a verified portfolio of industrial sites along major electrical transmission and distribution corridors, it’s no wonder that our region has become home to so many plastics and chemical companies. Additionally, our “shovel ready” industrial sites have industrial-grade water, sewer, and telecommunications infrastructure in place and ready for your company to start production.
Expedited permitting available
Less than 1% of environmental permits in South Carolina are challenged. DHEC administers the issuance of federal permits in the state. DHEC gives priority to the permitting review of new facilities. Permitting fees in South Carolina are comparable to those in most states. South Carolina law does not require environmental impact statements.
Continuous process manufacturing is prevalent within our region with a number of chemical plants, plastics plants, paper mills, and other similar industries. Our workforce is highly familiar with these plants and there are numerous apprenticeship and workforce training programs available within the region to assure a quality workforce.