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National Manufacturing Day is Every Day in the Upstate

October 3, 2014

In honor of National Manufacturing Day, we would like to thank the 1,400-plus manufacturers that call Upstate South Carolina home. Supported by these companies, the Upstate is consistently ranked as one of the top states for doing business in the United States and the region’s leadership role in the manufacturing renaissance has played a part in that success. Consider the following facts about manufacturing in Upstate South Carolina:

  • Manufacturing accounts for over 96,000 jobs in the Upstate, representing over 17% of the region’s labor force.
  • Two of the top five employers in the Upstate, Michelin and BMW, are automotive manufacturers that together produce more than 16,000 jobs.
  • More than 150 automotive-related companies, including BMW, Michelin, ZF Group, Proterra, BorgWarner and more, have chosen to do business in the Upstate.
  • The Upstate is home to more than 50 aviation and aerospace-related companies, including GE Aviation, Parker Hannifin TechSeal Division, Lockheed Martin and Champion Aerospace.
  • From 2007-2010, companies in medical devices and equipment added 15% more jobs and 13% more companies in South Carolina.
  • Manufacturing accounted for 17.3 percent of the state GDP in South Carolina in 2013 according to figures published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis and 24/7 Wall St.


It’s clear that Upstate South Carolina has grown to become a global center for manufacturing success and we look forward to continue to celebrate the many accomplishments of this region and its partners.


For more information on how businesses can take utilize the many advantages of the Upstate, visit https://www.upstatescalliance.com/about-upstate.

TOPICS: Manufacturing, Celebrations, Rankings & Recognitions