A Strategic Location For Global Success
Located in the heart of South Carolina, halfway between New York City and Miami, the Central SC region provides unparalleled access to the U.S. Southeast. With four major interstates, the state’s largest cargo airport, and a short-drive to the 8th largest passenger airport in the United States and one of the nation’s most productive and efficient seaports, the Central SC region makes it easy to succeed in a global marketplace.
66% of the U.S. population accessible within a day’s drive
Nearly 1,000 Central SC workers employed by Chinese firms
$5.6 billionChina is South Carolina's top trading partner
Why Chinese Companies Choose Central SC
History of Success for Chinese Companies
For more than two decades, Central South Carolina has proved to be an ideal business location for Chinese companies. In 1999, Camden, SC based Haier, now GE Appliances, a Haier Company, became the first greenfield manufacturing operation to be built by a Chinese company on U.S. soil.
East Point Academy Chinese Immersion Charter School
A tuition free public charter school in West Columbia, East Point Academy is a globally minded K-8 school that offers Chinese language immersion and allows students to experience Chinese culture through events, civic engagement and social awareness.
Mild Climate & Low Cost of Living
Central South Carolina’s mild climate translates to uninterrupted production and provides a desirable lifestyle. A cost of living well below the national average makes homeownership an achievable goal, while competitive wages keep companies profitable.
Business & Operating Costs
In South Carolina and the Central SC region, we’ve designed and formalized a tax and incentive environment that positions business and people for success. From customized incentive packages and a host of credits and exemptions, Central SC makes business welcome while competitive utility costs help hold down operating costs.
From the state’s only national park, to lakes, rivers, forests, parks, greenways, and trails to gardens galore, and award-winning golf courses.
Festivals & Events
From music, food, and beer festivals to galas, road and horse races, tournaments, concerts, and ethnic and holiday celebrations.
"The state of South Carolina has been absolutely wonderful to work with. They are very pro-manufacturing, pro-business, and they've really welcomed us with open arms. We really chose Fairfield County due to the workforce. I've done business all over the United States, and the folks here in Fairfield County you couldn't ask for a better group of people to work with."
Chad Reinsel, Plant Manager Healthcare US/MLily