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
More than 1,500 Central SC workers employed by German firms
$3.9 billionGermany is a Top 3 trading partner with South Carolina
Why German 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 Germany, while nearby Charlotte Douglas International Airport offers nonstop travel to Munich and Frankfurt.
Strong Automotive Industry
Thanks to its strong automotive industry, South Carolina has been welcoming German companies for nearly thirty years. Anchored by BMW in the Upstate, the Central South Carolina region offers an ideal location for German automotive suppliers.
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.
From opera, theater performances, and live music to museums, historic homes and landmarks.
Festivals & Events
From music, food, and beer festivals to galas, road and horse races, tournaments, concerts, and ethnic and holiday celebrations.
“The trouble-free launch-up of our green-field project facility at Mid-Carolina Commerce Park was an incredible story of success and only possible by the repeated cooperation of State, Newberry County, SC Power Team and the amazing team of Central SC Alliance. As an absolute beginner on the North American market, MM Technics was perfectly guided by Central SC Alliance through the 12 months start-up process from searching for the best location to celebrating the Grand Opening. Two years after establishing operations for our company’s primary automotive customers, the company is already expanding its facility by extending the building and installing a third state-of-the-art stamping press. The unique business friendly environment of Central South Carolina gave MM Technics the chance to create a great team of experienced high-skilled specialists and local college graduates, supported by the German-based headquarters. MM Technics is very thankful for the trusting cooperation with the team of the Central SC Alliance which continuously assists in all requests of economy life to feel at home in Central South Carolina.”
Meinolf Muhr, President MM Technics