Taking Flight


In Central South Carolina, our deep manufacturing roots, strategic location, and diverse talent are helping companies takeoff. Thanks to a strong military presence and the state’s flagship research university, our engineers and makers are equipped with real-life know-how. Our location in the center of a strong network of infrastructure and suppliers means global brands have easy access to the materials and the customers crucial to their success.


Central SC’s McNair Center provides the state’s only aerospace engineering programs and offers one-of-a-kind research collaboration between industry and academia – ensuring that the next great advancements in flight will be born right here in the heart of South Carolina. And, with more than 10,000 annual aerospace-related completions in the Southeast, Central SC offers an attractive and affordable location for sustaining talent. Companies like GKN Aerospace and Sigmatex have already found success in Central SC, while thousands of acres of certified developable land poise our region for future growth.

State's FIRST aerospace engineeringprograms at UofSC's McNair Center

Home to 3 Military Installations

40+ aerospace-related facilities

Top 5 state for export of aircraft

Nearly 10K annual aerospace completions in SE


Best States for Manufacturing

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Zeus Industrial Products: high-performance polymer tubing
GKN Aerospace: aerospace components & composite fuselage
Sigmatex: carbon fiber textiles
Cogsdill Tool Products: precision tools for aerospace & automotive industries
Jacob Grey Precision Machining: precision machining and welding
Alimex: cast aluminum plates for molds & dies


Employers That Call Central SC Home