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Largest Employers – All Sectors

Company name Upstate Employee Range Line of Business
BMW Manufacturing Corp 5000+ Automobile manufacturer
Clemson University 5000+ Public research university
Greenville County Schools 5000+ K-12 public education
Michelin North America 5000+ Manufactures radial passenger, light truck tires
Pelham Medical Center 5000+ Hospital
Prisma Health 5000+ Healthcare system
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System 5000+ Not for profit healthcare system, headquarters location
State of South Carolina 5000+ State government
United States Government 5000+ Federal government
Walmart Stores, Inc. 5000+ Retail stores
AnMed Health Medical Center 2501 to 5000 General medical and surgical hospitals
Bon Secours St. Francis Health System 2501 to 5000 General medical and surgical hospitals
GE Vernova 2501 to 5000 Gas turbines for energy use
Ingles Markets 2501 to 5000 Grocery stores
Milliken & Company 2501 to 5000 Textiles, floor covering, performance materials, and specialty chemicals
Publix Super Markets, Inc. 2501 to 5000 Grocery store
Self Regional Healthcare 2501 to 5000 General medical and surgical hospitals
ZF 2501 to 5000 Manufactures automatic transmissions

Updated 08/30/2023


Largest Employers – Manufacturing

Company name County Upstate Employee Range Line of Business
BMW Manufacturing Corp Spartanburg 5000+ Automobile manufacturer
Michelin North America Anderson, Greenville, Spartanburg 5000+ Rubber / Tire Manufacturer – Tier 1 BMW Supplier
GE Vernova Greenville 2501 to 5000 Gas turbines for energy use
Milliken & Company Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Laurens, Spartanburg, Union 2501 to 5000 Textiles, floor covering, performance materials, and specialty chemicals
ZF Transmissions Laurens, Spartanburg 2501 to 5000 Automatic transmissions
AFL Spartanburg 1001 to 2500 Fiber optic products
BorgWarner Inc. Oconee 1001 to 2500 Manufacturer of powertrain components and transfer cases for the automotive industry
Cryovac / Sealed Air Corp. Greenville 1001 to 2500 Plastic bags and plastic film
DAA Draexlmaier Automotive of America LLC Spartanburg 1001 to 2500 Motor vehicle parts and accessories
Eaton Corp. Greenwood 1001 to 2500 Medium voltage assembly site
Electrolux Anderson 1001 to 2500 Top-freezer refrigerators and under-the counter refrigerators
Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) Cherokee 1001 to 2500 Manufactures chassis for RV, walk-in van, commercial bus and school bus industries
Itron Oconee 1001 to 2500 Manufactures electricity meters including smart meters
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Greenville 1001 to 2500 Aircraft maintenance, repair, modification & overhaul, Final Checkout & Assembly (FACO) of T-50A and F-16
Magna International Greenville, Spartanburg 1001 to 2500 Products for the Automotive Industry
Nestle Prepared Foods Division Cherokee 1001 to 2500 Frozen food specialties
Oshkosh Defense Spartanburg 1001 to 2500 USPS vehicle manufacturing
Plastic Omnium LLC Spartanburg 1001 to 2500 Automotive components (front end parts of BMWs)
Robert Bosch, LLC Anderson 1001 to 2500 Manufactures gasoline systems and electronic automotive components
Sealed Air Corp, Spartanburg 1001 to 2500 Plastic film for food packaging and medical films for healthcare industry
Techtronic Industries (TTI) Anderson, Cherokee, Spartanburg 1001 to 2500 Power-driven hand tools
3M Company Greenville 501 to 1000 Polyester film / Tape manufacturing
Arthrex, Inc. Anderson 501 to 1000 Orthopedic medical device comopany
BASF Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg 501 to 1000 Produces specialty chemical catalysts, salts & solutions
Bausch + Lomb Consumer Health Care Greenville 501 to 1000 Eyecare products
Bosch Rexroth Corp. Greenville 501 to 1000 Hydraulic pumps for oil/gas, construction and agriculture industries
Capsugel Mfg Technologies (a Lonza Company) Greenwood 501 to 1000 Hard capsule manufacturing; product development and manufacturing of liquid and multiparticulate filled hard capsules
Carolina Pride Foods, Inc Greenwood 501 to 1000 Sausages and other prepared meats
Cooper-Standard Automotive Spartanburg 501 to 1000 PVC automotive trim, molding & seals
DISH Network Spartanburg 501 to 1000 Assembly and Distribution operation for outfitting cellular towers to 5G
Dodge Industrial (DI) Greenville 501 to 1000 Manufactures enclosed gearing used in a wide range of industrial applications
E&I Engineering USA Corporation (Vertiv) Anderson 501 to 1000 Electrical switchgear & power distribution solutions
First Quality Enterprises, Inc. Anderson 501 to 1000 Manufactures paper and tissue products
Flexon Industries Anderson 501 to 1000 Watering hoses and extension cords
Gestamp Union 501 to 1000 Automotive metal stampings and welded assemblies (Tier 1 BMW supplier)
Glen Raven Custom Fabric, LLC Anderson 501 to 1000 Produces performance fabrics for solar protection
Hamrick Mills Cherokee 501 to 1000 Greige woven fabrics
Health Supply US dba Glove One Greenville 501 to 1000 Nitrile gloves
House of Raeford Farms, Inc. Greenville 501 to 1000 Poultry & turkey processing
Hubbell Lighting, Inc. Greenville 501 to 1000 Lighting manufacturers
Inman Mills Spartanburg 501 to 1000 Textile mills
JTKET Greenville, Oconee 501 to 1000 Driveline and steering components
KYOCERA AVX Components Corporation Greenville 501 to 1000 Passive electronic components
Mitsubishi Polyester Film, Inc Greenville 501 to 1000 Manufactures silicone treated PET films
Nutra Manufacturing, an IVC Company Greenville 501 to 1000 Manufactures vitamin preparations
Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Company, Inc. Pickens 501 to 1000 Fire sprinklers and systems components
SAGE Automotive Interiors Abbeville, Greenville, Spartanburg 501 to 1000 Automotive fabrics and cloth
Schneider Electric Oconee 501 to 1000 Switchgear & switchboard apparatus.
Siemens Energy Management Spartanburg 501 to 1000 Manufacture electrical apparatus products
Sterilite Corp. Laurens 501 to 1000 Plastic houseware products
The Timken Company Anderson, Cherokee, Union 501 to 1000 Manufactures tapered roller bearing systems
US Engine Valve Oconee 501 to 1000 Intake and exhaust valves for the automotive industry
Yanfeng Automotive Interiors Laurens 501 to 1000 Automobile interior components

Updated 08/30/2023


Largest Headquarters

Company Employee Range Type of Headquarters
BMW Manufacturing Corp 5000+ North American
Michelin North America, Inc 5000+ North American
GE Power 2501 to 5000 Divisional
Milliken & Company 2501 – 5000 Divisional
TD Bank 1001 to 2500 Regional
Fluor Corp. 1001 to 2500 Regional
DAA Draexlmaier Automotive of America LLC 1001 to 2500 North American
Techtronic Industries Power Equipment (TTI) 1001 to 2500 Divisional
AFL 1001 to 2500 North American
Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) 1001 to 2500 North American; Divisional
SYNNEX Corp. – Greenville 1001 to 2500 National; Divisional
American Services, Inc. 1001 to 2500 National
Verizon Wireless 1001 to 2500 Regional
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics 501 to 1000 Divisional
Hamrick Mills 501 to 1000 National
Fujifilm Manufacturing USA, Inc 501 to 1000 Divisional
Nutra Manufacturing, an IVC Company 501 to 1000 Divisional
AVX Corp 501 to 1000 International
Hubbell Lighting, Inc. 501 to 1000 Divisional
Mitsubishi Polyester Film, Inc 501 to 1000 North American
Carolina Pride Foods, Inc 501 to 1000 National
Inman Mills 501 to 1000 National
Global Lending Services 501 to 1000 National
Tindall Corp. 501 to 1000 National
Precision Valve North America, Inc 501 to 1000 International
Sage Automotive Interiors 501 to 1000 International
American Credit Acceptance LLC 501 to 1000 National
GreenWood, Inc. 501 to 1000 National
World Acceptance Corp 501 to 1000 National


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