Import and Export

Charleston is home to only two new vehicle assembly plants announced in the U.S. since 2009. Our central East Coast location and access to the Southeast, one of the fastest-growing markets in the U.S., are strategic advantages. The Port of Charleston offers the deepest harbor in the south Atlantic and provides global access to 150+ countries.

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60+
automotive manufacturers and suppliers
4K+
technically-skilled workers
#2
highest employment concentration for transportation equipment (among mid-size U.S. metros)
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Automotive Companies

call charleston home

Robert Bosch Cummins Turbo Technologies IFA Rotorion Daimler Stoba Volvo
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Long-term Manufacturing Presence

“Our automotive components plant has been in Charleston over 40 successful years. Charleston is well positioned for automotive companies with a government that supports business development, and an area rich in historic and natural beauty that helps attract and attain talent.”

Peter von Wartenberg
Senior Vice President & Plant Manager
Robert Bosch, LLC

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Competitive Wages

More than one-fifth of the U.S. population resides within 500 miles/800 kilometers of the Charleston region. Thousands of technically-skilled workers call Charleston home, making it an easy choice for Mercedes-Benz Vans, Volvo, and others.

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Innovation And Research

Some of the brightest minds in engineering, automotive research, and manufacturing gather in the Charleston region, including Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research’s 250-acre campus, The South Carolina Automotive Council, and the Zucker Family Graduate Education Center.

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