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 three Korean companies – leaders in the home appliance, automotive and electronics industries.

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

More than 1,000 Central SC workers employed by South Korean firms

$665 millionSouth Korea is a Top 20 trading partner with South Carolina


Why South Korean Companies Choose Central SC

Korean School of Columbia

Sponsored by South Korean Consulate of Atlanta, this Saturday school allows students to experience South Korean culture through traditional experiences and events as well as through language instruction.

Korean Festival

One of the fastest growing festivals in Columbia, the annual Korean festival celebrates Korean culture through dance and music performances, cultural exhibits, and cuisine.

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.


Samsung's newest manufacturing facility needed to find a place that had an amazing workforce, and has a robust energy and transportation infrastructure and we found that right here in Newberry County, SC.

Thomas Komaromi, General Counsel Samsung Electronics Home Appliances

SAMSUNG: Washing machines and home appliances
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