Driven to Succeed


Day in and day out, our skilled and trusted craftsmen and women are hard at work producing crucial automotive products. Combining a can-do spirit with robust training and education programs, our automotive industry is thriving with the support of great minds that are finding unique ways to meet its ever-changing needs, including that of the rapidly accelerating EV market. From automotive brakes, fabric and fuel injectors to EV chargers, batteries and whole vehicles, leading automotive companies are continuing to find a home in Central SC.



Our strategic location between the three of the state’s largest OEMs in operation primes local companies for success. Easy access to four interstates puts companies like BMW in the Upstate and Volvo and Mercedes Benz along the coast within an hour’s reach. It also means that skilled talent, more than 40,000 in the manufacturing workforce, are accessible to fuel the next great global brand.

But big names in the automotive industry don’t just surround our Region – they’re found right here in the heart of the state. Global production and research headquarters, such as Pure Power Technologies, are solving complex mechanical and materials challenges, while international and family-owned companies, like MM Technics, are winning valuable supplier contracts. The electric vehicle (EV) revolution is also positioning itself for success in our Region and in S.C., growing at a rapid pace and driving the industry forward with an influx of newcomers, like ABB E-mobility, Cirba Solutions and Scout Motors.

Home to the future first


facility in Blythewood, SC

1-hour drive to the state's current 3 major auto OEMs - BMW, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz

8,500+employed in automotive-related facilities

Top 5 state for highest concentration of assemblers & fabricators

65+ automotive related facilities

Global representation of12 countries

#1 in export of tires & completed passenger vehicles


Best States in Manufacturing

Site Selection Group

Michelin: passenger & Earthmover tires
MM Technics: metal stamped products for the automotive industry
Hengst: manufactures automotive filters
Pure Power: fuel injectors & diesel components
Meritor: heavy vehicle braking systems
Koyo: ball & roller bearings


Employers That Call Central SC Home