In Central SC, our temperate climate and sizeable forests are planting the seeds for success. With strong origins dating back to our colonial history, our workforce has been developing and transforming the industry for nearly four centuries. From its early days producing pine tar and turpentine to the advanced lumber and paper processing facilities of today, the wood and paper industry has long found success in the Central SC Region.


With nearly thirteen million acres of forestland, more than half of the state’s land area is blanketed in valuable resources. Forward-thinking forestry management is ensuring a sustainable future, while our affordable utilities and targeted educational programs are helping industry grow. Four major highways provide ease of access and link the region to a highly productive Port, providing pathways to crucial national and global markets enabling products made in Central SC to become global brands. Companies like Georgia-Pacific, Canfor Southern Pine and International Paper are finding success is rooted in Central SC.

Export strength: paper and timber 2 of the top 3 export commodities through the Port of Charleston

$21 billion industry in South Carolina

75+ wood & paper companies in Central SC

Nearly 70,000 employed in manufacturing within a 60-minute drive, 37% above national average for a comparable region

Best States for Manufacturing

Site Selection Group

Carolina Chips: wood chips & processed bark
Georgia Pacific: lumber & chips
Koppers: pressure & outdoor treated wood
Schweitzer-Mauduit: cigarette & specialty papers
International Paper: cutsize copier paper
Protective Packaging: custom folding cartons


Employers That Call Central SC Home