Charleston | South Carolina | USA


Charleston | South Carolina | USA is home, workplace and inspiration to more than 761,000 voices, talents, passions and ideas. Three quarters of a million people who are globally connected through trade, technology and travel - and locally engaged to craft a legacy for the future.

24 German firms employing 3,500+ workers operate in the three-county Charleston region, including manufacturing, engineering, distributors, and professional services. The region’s growing international community includes the following industry leaders:

Strategic Location

With the most productive and efficient seaport in North America, an integrated rail and highway system, and an international airport, Charleston provides seamless connections to the global marketplace. Our central location, roughly halfway between New York and Miami, offers prime access to the U.S. Southeast. Nonstop flights to Frankfurt and Munich depart daily from nearby Atlanta or JFK international airports.


More than one-third of the U.S. population resides within
500 miles (800 km) of the Charleston region.



local residents have German ancestry


workers in South Carolina are employed by German-based firms

$11+ billion

Germany is a Top 2 trading partner with SC

Charleston Center for Business Research

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An international travel destination, Charleston is consistently voted the number one city in the U.S. and number two on the World's Best Cities list by top travel magazines. South Carolina offers a moderate climate year-round. It's geographically diverse, offering an easy drive from the ocean to the mountains in just 3 to 4 hours.

Charleston is renowned for beautiful architecture, award-winning restaurants, arts, culture, and independent shops and boutiques. The Charleston region welcomes thousands of new residents each year–bringing new ideas, diversity and passion to a thriving, international community. Professional soccer, hockey, and baseball teams, college and university teams, and an array of annual races, tennis, and golf tournaments satisfy even the most die-hard sports fans and athletes.

Residents enjoy a lifestyle that strikes the perfect balance between work and play – and a warm climate, culture, food, attractive cost of living, European sensibilities, miles of beaches, diverse housing options, one of the best medical hubs in the Southeast U.S.A. Visit Living Here to learn more.

Stephanie Rhodes

IFA Rotorion

"Charleston has proven the perfect place for IFA Rotorion to set up and to grow. Our most recent expansion not only helped us meet increased demand, but positioned us to extend our capabilities as well."



The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) offers high quality programs of international education to a worldwide community of schools. The IBO, founded in 1968, is a recognized leader in the field of international education. It is a non-profit, mission-driven foundation that works with approximately 4,000 schools to develop and offer challenging programs to more than 829,000 students in 150 countries.

Unlike a national curriculum, IB programmes reflect the best practice of a range of different educational frameworks and curricula. It encourages students to be internationally-minded and to think beyond their immediate environment.

IB World Schools in the Charleston Region

Private school

Public schools

German Companies

Company EmployeesProduct/Service
ARNTZ, Inc.24Metal-cutting saw blades & machinery
BASF Dispersions65Pearlescent (inorganic) pigments
FEV Inc10Engineering services with specialty in powertrain & vehicle related engineering; design, analysis, prototyping, powertrain & transmission R&D
Gedore Tools Inc.15Distribution of hand tools targeting aviation, automotive, industrial and renewable energy sectors
Hubner Manufacturing Corp.60Articulation systems (bellows), passageway systems, specialty bumpers, airplane walkway coverings
IFA Rotorion North America LLC280Manufacturer of drive shafts for automobiles
IMO Group USA50Manufacture slewing rings used to spin wind turbines
Kion North America Corp.140Assembly of forklifts and pallet jacks; material handling equipment parts distribution
LANXESS Corp.84Manufacturing and distribution of rubber chemicals
Lauscha Fiber International23Glass micro-fiber manufacturing and distribution
Mahle Behr375Manufacturer and integrater of engine cooling systems
Mankiewicz Coatings LLC20Distribution facility for coatings manufacturer serving the medical, automotive, aviation, rail and yachting sectors
Marabu North America LP20Develops & manufactures liquid laminates (clear coatings) and inks for large and grand format digital printing
Mercedes-Benz Vans, LLC250Semi-knocked down (SKD) production of vans for the U.S. market; $500 million expansion underway to full production and assembly by the end of 2020
Namasco Steel Processing & Distribution20Steel processing and distribution
Robert Bosch LLC1780Antilock brake systems, fuel injectors, common rail & unit injectors
STAHL CraneSystems Inc.10Material handling equipment
Stolzle-USA11Upscale lead-free glassware distribution center and North American headquarters
Symrise 45Aroma chemicals
Syn Strand, Inc.90Monofilament, nylon & polyester
TorqTek Design and Manufacturing LLC190Design, develop & manufacture drivetrain systems; timing gears for diesel engines; in house heat treatment capabilities
Weber Automotive Corp.15Automotive drivetrain components
Zapp Precision Wire Inc./Zapp Tooling Alloys, Inc.65Specialty suppliers of cold formed stainless steel and titanium wires, bars and profiles
Zeltwanger LP10Manufacture and assemble high precision components
Source: Center for Business Research, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 12/2016

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