South Carolina has attracted automotive innovators since the early 1900s, when Milliken & Company in Spartanburg manufactured special fabric for the seats and roofs of Henry Ford’s automobiles. Today South Carolina is home to more than 250 automotive manufacturing plants, suppliers and other companies. The state’s skilled workforce and strong infrastructure make it a premier location for automotive companies large and small. In fact, South Carolina was ranked third in the nation in Automotive Manufacturing Strength in Business Facilities magazine’s 2012 Rankings Report.

South Carolina Automotive Industry Facts

  • 250+

    automotive
    companies
  • #3

    in Automotive
    Manufacturing Strength
  • 15%

    lower energy
    costs than
    national average
  • 0%

    state property tax,
    local income tax,
    inventory tax and wholesale tax