Doing Business in SC

As a right-to-work state with a visible commitment to developing a qualified workforce, South Carolina is recognized as one of the best places for aerospace companies to do business.

While unionization rates are low, training and education programs are at an all-time high with aerospace and manufacturing-related curriculum in place from the elementary to college levels. This includes 7 aerospace engineering high schools, a variety of aircraft maintenance, welding, and mechatronics programs at all 16 technical colleges, and highly ranked automotive and aerospace degree programs at Clemson University and the University of South Carolina. 

See why South Carolina is Just Right  for Aerospace

A Strong Aerospace Presence

  • South Carolina is home to over 400 private aerospace firms and 4 military bases.
  • South Carolina ranked #5 in export sales of aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof in 208 with a total of $7.9B.
  • SC Aerospace had average annual revenue growth of 25.1% from 2010-2017.

A Robust Economic Impact

  • The aerospace industry adds $14.1 billion to the state’s GDP.
  • $24.8 billion in total economic impact of Aerospace in SC.

A Ready Workforce

  • SC has more than 55,000 aerospace employees.
  • $78,526 in annual total employee compensation for aerospace employees in SC in salary and benefits.
  • Over 180,000 students are enrolled, on a full-time basis, in SC’s public and private learning institutions.

A Competitive Business Environment

  • 70 million tons of freight move through SC each year thanks to our extensive rail service, including 2 Class 1 railroads.
  • Our Port of Charleston is one of the busiest container ports along the Southeast and Gulf coasts as well as being one of the most productive – averaging 40+ moves per hour, per crane.
  • SC energy costs are approximately 12% less than the national average.

A Strong Aerospace Presence

  • South Carolina is home to over 400 private aerospace firms and 4 military bases.
  • South Carolina ranked #5 in export sales of aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof in 208 with a total of $7.9 billion.
  • SC Aerospace had average annual revenue growth of 25.1% from 2010-2017.

A Robust Economic Impact

  • The aerospace industry adds $14.1 billion to the state’s GDP.
  • $24.8 billion in total economic impact of Aerospace in SC.

A Ready Workforce

  • SC has more than 55,000 aerospace employees.
  • $78,526 in annual total employee compensation for aerospace employees in SC in salary and benefits.
  • Over 180,000 students are enrolled, on a full-time basis, in SC’s public and private learning institutions.

A Competitive Business Environment

  • 70 million tons of freight move through SC each year thanks to our extensive rail service, including 2 Class 1 railroads.
  • Our Port of Charleston is one of the busiest container ports along the Southeast and Gulf coasts as well as being one of the most productive – averaging 40+ moves per hour, per crane.
  • SC energy costs are approximately 12% less than the national average.

To learn more about how South Carolina is Just Right for your business, connect with the South Carolina Department of Commerce to learn more and begin the process.