Charleston | SC | USA

Employers by Industry

Greater Charleston continues to attract corporate investment, with both multinational corporations and fast-growing startups taking advantage of our skilled workforce, world-class infrastructure, and globally competitive business environment.

Largest Public Sector Employers

CompanyProduct or ServiceEmployees
Joint Base CharlestonArea U.S. military commands20,000
Medical University Of South Carolina (MUSC)Hospital, post-secondary education, research13,000
Charleston County School DistrictEducation/public schools6,000
Berkeley County School DistrictEducation/public schools6,000
Dorchester County School District IIEducation/public schools3,500
College of CharlestonPost secondary education2,200
Charleston CountyLocal government2,100
U.S. Postal ServicePostal service2,000
City of CharlestonLocal government1,700
Trident Technical CollegePost secondary education1,400
Santee CooperElectric and water utility1,250
Berkeley CountyLocal government1,200
City of North CharlestonLocal government1,200
Source: Center for Business Research, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 6/2017

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Largest Private Sector Employers

CompanyProduct or ServiceEmployees
The Boeing CompanyAircraft manufacturing7,400
Roper St. Francis HealthcareRoper and Bon Secours St Francis Hospitals5,500
Trident Health SystemHospital system2,500
Walmart Inc.Retail merchandise2,300
Robert Bosch LLCAntilock brake systems, fuel injectors, common rail & unit injectors1,800
Kiawah Island Golf Resort/The Sanctuary at KiawahResort1,500
SAICSystem engineering and integration services1,500
Blackbaud, Inc.Specialty computer software development & design1,300
IHG (Intercontinental Hotels Group)Inbound reservation center and accommodations for Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge & Candlewood Suites hotels1,300
Bi-Lo StoresRetail grocery stores1,200
Publix SupermarketsRetail grocery stores1,200
Verizon WirelessInbound/outbound call center for communications company1,200
iQorInbound/outbound customer service call center1,200
BenefitFocusCustom benefits software1,000
Nucor SteelManufacture carbon & alloy steel in various forms1,000
KapStone Charleston Kraft LLCManufacture specialty paper & packaging1,000
Source: Center for Business Research, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 6/2017

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Largest Multinational Employers

NationalityCompanyProductEmployees
AmericanThe Boeing CompanyAircraft manufacturing7,400
WalmartRetail merchandise2,300
SAICScientific, engineering and technology applications company; national security, energy, critical infrastructure, health sectors1,500
BlackbaudSpecialty computer software development & design1,300
iQorInbound/outbound customer service call center1,200
BelgianWabco Compressor Mfg. Co.Manufacture of air compressors for motor vehicles250
Rhodia/SolvayManufacture phosphorus-based chemicals for auto, pharmaceutical, construction & other industries115
Agfa Materials Corp. USAManufacture medical and industrial imaging film110
BritishIHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)Inbound reservation center and accommodations for Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge & Candlewood Suites hotels1,300
BAE Systems EI&SElectronic security and communications systems design, manufacturing and integration350
Belmond Charleston PlaceLodging, catering, restaurant/bar, spa and meeting services325
VT MilcomEngineering, IT and technical services, fabrication and assembly of communications systems275
BPManufacture purified terephthalic acid (PTA)225
CanadianTD BankFinancial Services285
Gildan ActivewearImport and distribution of apparel to mass merchandisers and retailers; retail division administration operations230
Comact USAManufacture handling equipment for the forestry sector100
Hood Packaging Corp.Recyclable woven polypropylene packaging manufacturer65
Aeterna ZentarisBiopharmaceutical company that develops novel treatments in oncology and endocrinology; North American business and global commercial operations60
Streit USA ArmoringArmored sport utility vehicle manufacturing for commercial and civilian use50
ColombianArgos Cement LLCCement100
DanishKey Logistics Solutions LLCSupply chain services incl. warehousing, inventory management, transportation, delivery, sequencing, and light assembly60
DutchFood Lion StoresGrocery retailer750
FinnishKemira Chemicals, Inc.Production site for dyes50
FrenchVallen Distribution Inc.Electrical/industrial/safety equipment, tools and products distribution150
Safran Electrical & PowerLanding & braking systems, propulsion components, electrical wiring & electronics for aircraft150
ZodiacRecreation Div HQ; Mfg rigid-hull inflatable boats (RIBs)100
Nexans High Voltage USAHigh voltage cable manufacturing plant (including engineering, design and installation)100
GermanRobert Bosch LLCAntilock brake systems, fuel injectors, common rail & unit injectors1,800
IFA Rotorion North America LLCManufacturer of drive shafts for automobiles600
Mahle BehrManufacturer and integrator of engine cooling systems375
Mercedes-Benz Vans, LLCSemi-knocked down (SKD) production of Mercedes Sprinter Vans for the U.S. market; $500 million expansion underway to full production and assembly by the end of 2020250
TorqTek Design and Manufacturing LLCDesign, develop & manufacture drivetrain systems; timing gears for diesel engines; in house heat treatment capabilities190
Kion North America Corp.Assembly of forklifts and pallet jacks; material handling equipment parts distribution140
GreekThrace-LINQ, Inc.Heavy-duty, petroleum-based textiles70
IrishEaton, Aerospace Grp, Fuel & Motion Control Systems DivMachined components for aerospace industry155
ADT Security ServicesSecurity and alarm systems installation, monitoring and related services110
James Hardie Building Products, Inc.Manufacture exterior fiber cement siding and backer board for internal applications100
IsraeliEverris Americas, an ICL Specialty Fertilizers co.Controlled release fertilizer manufacturing20
ItalianStrand-Tech Martin, Inc.Mfr. steel strand for concrete reinforcement30
JapaneseShowa Denko Carbon, Inc.Manufacture graphite electrodes for steel-making industry260
Sun ChemicalInks and pigments150
TBC Corp East Coast Distribution CenterDistribution center serving East Coast automotive replacement tire market100
MexicanDAK AmericasPET resin and polyester staple fiber180
Borden Dairy of South CarolinaFluid milk, dairy products, & fruit drinks175
South AfricanPegasus Steel Cutting and forming of carbon steel and stainless and aluminum plates and sheets; North American headquarters; Pegasus Steel LLC/GDLS site designs, develops & manufactures blast- & ballistic-protected wheeled vehicles; blast technology & counter-IED research200
SpanishGiant Cement Company Inc. & Resource RecoveryManufacture portland and masonry cements450
SwedishVolvo Car Corp.Volvo's first North American manufacturing plant under construction to be operational 2018 with up to 2,000 employees within 5 to 10 yearsoperational in 2018
Securitas Security Services USA Inc.Armed and unarmed security services and security systems200
SKF Aero BearingAircraft engine bearing inspection, remanufacturing50
Venture Aerobearings LLCBearings manufacturing and repair for the aviation market50
SwissMediterranean Shipping Co. (USA) Inc.South Atlantic corporate headquarters; shipping line300
Gerber Childrenswear LLCDistribution center for childrenswear serving both the company's retail accounts and e-commerce direct-to-consumer purchases280
Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.Distribution of industrial PVF, heating, plumbing90
BelimedInfection control technology; US headquarters50
Source: Center for Business Research, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 6/2017

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Largest Manufacturing Employers

CompanyProductEmployees
The Boeing CompanyAircraft manufacturing7,400
Robert Bosch LLCAntilock brake systems, fuel injection systems1,800
Nucor SteelManufacture carbon and alloy steel in various forms1,000
KapStone Charleston Kraft LLCPaper, packaging, forest products1,000
Detyens Shipyards, Inc. (DSI)Shipyard; general ship repairs & modifications800
Cummins Turbo TechnologiesManufacture turbochargers & air compressors600
IFA Rotorion North America LLCManufacturer of propshafts for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles600
IngevityManufacture specialty chemicals used in paper & other products; global headquarters; innovation center (R&D)500
CR Bard Inc. - BMD ManufacturingMedical products- specialty catheter manufacturing390
JW AluminumFlat-rolled aluminum products for the packaging, transportation machinery & equip, construction and consumer durables industries380
Mahle BehrManufacturer and integrator of engine cooling systems375
BAE Systems EI&SElectronic security and communications systems design, manufacturing and integration350
Century Aluminum of South Carolina, Inc.Primary aluminum ingot; aluminum smelting300
VT MilcomEngineering, IT and technical services, fabrication and assembly275
Scout Boats Inc.R&D, design, and manufacture of boats265
Showa Denko Carbon, Inc.Manufacture graphite electrodes for steel-making industry260
Mercedes-Benz Vans, LLCSemi-knocked down (SKD) production of Mercedes Sprinter Vans for the U.S. market; $500 million expansion underway to full production and assembly by the end of 2020250
TRU Simulation + Training Inc., a Textron Inc. Co.Software/hardware design and production; flight simulators250
Source: Center for Business Research, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 6/2017

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Largest Distribution Employers

CompanyProductEmployees
Logistics
South Carolina Ports AuthorityOperator of state ports470
XPO Logistics - Supply ChainThird party logistics services and supply chain management400
Mediterranean Shipping Co. (USA) Inc.South Atlantic corporate headquarters; shipping line300
Bulldog Hiway ExpressFreight motor carrier200
CSX TransportationRailroad; cargo transportation150
UPSGlobal courier delivery services150
FedExGlobal courier delivery services125
DHL ExpressGlobal courier delivery services125
Atlantic TruckingIntermodal cargo carrier; local or long haul; operate 400 power units in the South through 9 terminals/service centers120
Norfolk Southern Corp.Rail transportation110
Bunch Transport IncCargo transportation; volume LTL services; third party logistics & brokerage services100
Wainwright Industries3PL including automated warehouse, logistics, inventory management, kitting, sequencing, etc.100
Lineage LogisticsCold storage distribution facility 80
Rogers & Brown Custom Brokers & International Freight ForwardersImport-Export brokers; 3PL or 4PL logistics; full range of transportation services; corporate headquarters75
JEAR Logistics LLC3PL transportation throughout continental US and Canada (full and less-than truckload (LTL), refrigerated, dry, & flatbed)70
Agro Merchants GroupCold storage and logistics services for imported/exported products through Port of Charleston65
Coastal Logistics Group Inc.Third party logistics provider incl semi-knock down and export services for OEM manufacturers60
Key Logistics Solutions LLCSupply chain services incl. warehousing, inventory management, transportation, delivery, sequencing, and light assembly60
Regal LogisticsDry storage, pick-pack, subassembly and comprehensive 3PL services60
Distribution
Gerber Childrenswear LLC Distribution center to serve retail accounts as well as e-commerce purchases280
Gildan ActivewearImport and distribution of apparel to retailers; retail division administration operations250
Quoizel, Inc.Distribution of decorative lighting products225
Fruit of the Loom Palmetto Distribution CenterUndergarments warehousing and distribution225
Vallen Distribution Inc.Electrical/industrial equipment & tools distribution; North American corporate headquarters150
Kinder MorganDistribution terminals for bulk materials including chemicals and petroleum products; Southeast Regional Office145
Kion North AmericaDistribution of industrial & commercial machinery140
American Tactical Imports (ATI)Headquarters, distribution and light assembly of firearms, ammunition and tactical equipment120
TBC Corporation East Coast Distribution CenterDistribution center serving East Coast automotive replacement tire market100
Source: Center for Business Research, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 6/2017

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Headquarters Facilities

CompanyProductType Local employees
Blackbaud, Inc.Specialty computer software development & designWorld1300
BenefitfocusCustom benefits softwareCorporate1000
Evening Post Industries Inc.Media, real estate and forestryCorporate450
Call ExpertsCustomized call center services with 24/7 operations and three other locations on the East coastCorporate400
JW AluminumFlat-rolled aluminum products Corporate380
GEL GroupEnvironmental chemistry and radiochemistry services, geophysical services, and engineering servicesCorporate350
IngevitySpecialty chemicals World350
Mediterranean Shipping Co. (USA) Inc.Shipping container manufacturing and steamship lineU.S.300
TRU Simulation + Training Inc., a Textron Inc. Co.Software/hardware design and production; flight simulatorsDivision250
Quoizel, Inc.Distribution of decorative lighting productsCorporate225
Knight's CompaniesConcrete and other construction related products and servicesCorporate220
The Urban Electric Co.Design and production of high-end lighting productsCorporate200
Pegasus SteelHeavy steel fabricationNorth American200
ArborGen LLCCommercialization of tree geneticsWorld175
Kion North America Corp.Assembly of forklifts and pallet jacks; material handling equipment parts distributionNorth American140
Life Cycle Engineering Inc.Engineering and applied technology solutionsCorporate130
American Tactical Imports (ATI)Headquarters, distribution and light assembly of firearms, ammunition and tactical equipmentCorporate120
ZodiacRigid-hull inflatable boats (RIBs)Division100
Bunch Transport Inc.3PL, cargo transport, volume LTL services, brokerage & logisticsCorporate100
Sawgrass TechnologiesSpecialty ink systems World85
Sonepar North AmericaBusiness to business supplier of electrical & safety productsNorth American75
AstenJohnson, Inc.Paper machine felt manufacturing Corporate75
Rogers & Brown Custom Brokers & International Freight ForwardersImport-Export brokers; 3PL or 4PL logisticsWorld75
Thrace-LINQ, Inc.Geosynthetics and industrial fabrics for use in a wide variety of applicationsU.S.70
VTL Precision (Charleston) USAManufacture precision automotive componentsNorth American60
Aeterna ZentarisBiopharmaceutical company that develops novel treatments in oncology and endocrinology; North American business and global commercial operationsNorth American60
Cargo CompositesManufactures airplane cargo containers made from thermoplastic composites; division's global headquartersDivision50
Belimed, Inc.Infection control technologyU.S.50
Afaxys, Inc.HQ for pharmaceuticals manufacturing & group purchasing services focusing on public-sector healthcare providersCorporate30
Le Creuset of AmericaMarketing headquarters for cookware manufacturer and marketerDivision25
Varian Medical SystemsFluoroscopic x-ray apparatus and tubes mfg; Interay headquartersDivision25
The Intertech Group Inc.Holding company and operator of 100+ firms worldwide with an emphasis on technology-driven manufacturing firmsWorld25
Bintelli LLCHeadquarters, production lines, R&D, sales and warehousing of citEcar electric vehicles and Bintelli and Adly motorized scootersCorporate15
Golfbreaks.com USAOrganizes golf travel vacations worldwide; North American headquartersNorth American5
Thorne Research Inc Nutritional supplements; Relocating headquarters, R&D and manufacturing operations to Charleston SC Metro by late 2018Corporate350 in 2018
Source: Center for Business Research, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 12/2016. List above shows selected headquarters facilities and is not meant to be comprehensive.

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