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.

10 French firms operate in the three-county Charleston region, including manufacturing, textiles, distribution centers, and headquarters. The region’s growing international community includes the following industry leaders:

Labinal Power Systems Z Marine of North America

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 Paris depart daily from nearby Atlanta and 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 French ancestry


workers in South Carolina are employed by French-based firms


France is a Top 10 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 (Historic Charleston French Quarter), 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.

Faye Gooding

Le Creuset of America

"Charleston offers a compelling combination of port access, growing infrastructure and a high standard of living in a gracious environment. Le Creuset’s values in many ways mirror the values of Charleston – we believe history, authentic experience and craftsmanship are highly relevant in today’s world. And of course, we both love great food!"


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

Public schools

Private school

French Companies

Company EmployeesProduct
Air Liquide20Oxygen, argon, & nitrogen gas supplier
Arjo Wiggins Medical Inc.23Sales/distribution of specialty paper for the medical industry
Chargeurs Wool (USA) Inc.70Manufacture wool top combing, lanolin by-product
Le Creuset of America25Marketing headquarters for cookware manufacturer and marketer
Nexans High Voltage USA100High voltage cable manufacturing plant (including engineering, design and installation)
Safran Electrical & Power150Design, manufacture & install Landing & braking systems, propulsion components, electrical wiring & electronics for aircraft
Saint-Gobain ADFORS25Reinforcement fabrics
Sonepar North America75Business-to-business supplier of electrical and safety products; North American headquarters
Vallen Distribution Inc.150Electrical/industrial/safety equipment, tools and products distribution
Zodiac100Recreation Division Headquarters; Manufacture rigid-hull inflatable boats (RIBs)
Source: Center for Business Research, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 12/2016

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