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 twenty German companies – leaders in the automotive, chemical, logistics and machinery industries.

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

More than 1,600 Central SC workers employed by German firms

$4.3 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.

“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

MM Technics: metal stamped products for the automotive industry
Weylchem: specialty chemicals
Hengst: manufactures automotive filters
DHL: logistics services, freight transportation