Central South Carolina, USA is a vibrant region of more than one million entrepreneurs, educators, engineers, skilled workers and craftspeople, tech talent and scientists who go to work every day driven by curiosity, courage, and a can-do spirit. Located in the heart of South Carolina, things happen here – in classrooms, in laboratories, and in the state house that change, not just a single town, but our entire state. From the factory floor to the boardroom, we are globally connected. Our distinct communities anchored by our dedicated people, have become the perfect home for globally recognized brands.

Our region is home to more than ten French companies – leaders in the plastics and rubber, machinery, logistics and consulting and customer service industries.

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66% of the U.S. population accessible within a day’s drive

Nearly 4,600 Central SC workers employed by French firms

$370 millionFrance is a Top 25 trading partner with South Carolina


Why French Companies Choose Central SC

Same Day Communication & Ease of Travel

Central South Carolina's location in the Eastern Standard Time Zone allows for day-of communication with Italy, while nearby Charlotte Douglas International Airport offers nonstop travel to Paris.

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.

"We wanted to find a good, mid-sized city, affordable to live in, high quality of life, but we wanted it to have close proximity to a talent pipeline. We wanted to be close to universities, and we wanted to be close to areas where we could attract and retain talent. The City of Columbia and the state have been very instrumental in helping us get established."

Joe Greer, Vice President Capgemini

Michelin: passenger & Earthmover tires
Capgemini: advanced technology center & consulting
Bomag: construction machinery & compaction equipment