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 commands36,000
Medical University Of South Carolina (MUSC)Hospital, post-secondary education, research12,200
Charleston County School DistrictEducation/public schools5,300
Berkeley County School DistrictEducation/public schools4,200
Dorchester County School District IIEducation/public schools3,500
Charleston CountyLocal government2,500
College of CharlestonPost secondary education2,200
City of CharlestonLocal government1,800
Santee CooperElectric and water utility1,700
Trident Technical CollegePost secondary education1,500
U.S. Postal ServicePostal service1,100
Berkeley CountyLocal government1,100
City of North CharlestonLocal government1,100
Source: Center for Business Research, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 4/2015

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Largest Private Sector Employers

CompanyProduct or ServiceEmployees
The Boeing CompanyAircraft manufacturing8,200
Roper St. Francis HealthcareRoper and Bon Secours St Francis Hospitals5,100
Trident Health SystemHospital system2,500
Walmart Inc.Retail merchandise2,500
Robert Bosch LLCAntilock brake systems, fuel injectors, common rail & unit injectors2,000
Kiawah Island Golf Resort/The Sanctuary at KiawahResort1,500
Blackbaud, Inc.Specialty computer software development & design1,300
SAICSystem engineering and integration services1,200
BenefitFocusCustom benefits software1,200
Bi-Lo StoresRetail grocery stores1,200
Publix SupermarketsRetail grocery stores1,200
Verizon WirelessInbound/outbound call center for communications company1,200
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, 4/2015

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Largest Multinational Employers

NationalityCompanyProductEmployees
AmericanThe Boeing CompanyAircraft manufacturing8,200
WalmartRetail merchandise2,300
BlackbaudSpecialty computer software development & design1,300
VerizonInbound/outbound call center for communications company1,200
SAICSystem engineering and integration services1,200
BelgianAgfa Materials Corp. USAManufacture medical and industrial imaging film110
Wabco Compressor Mfg. Co.Manufacture of air compressors for motor vehicles95
BritishBAE Systems EI&SElectronic security and communications systems design, manufacturing and integration450
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
Senior Aerospace AMTManufacturer of structural parts for leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the large commercial jet market60
CanadianGildan ActivewearImport and distribution of apparel to mass merchandisers and retailers; retail division administration operations230
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 LLCCement80
FinnishKemira Chemicals, Inc.Production site for dyes50
FrenchHagemeyer North AmericaElectrical/industrial/safety equipment, tools and products distribution150
RhodiaManufacture phosphorus-based chemicals for auto, pharmaceutical, construction & other industries115
Z Marine of North AmericaRecreation Div HQ; Mfg rigid-hull inflatable boats (RIBs)100
GermanRobert Bosch LLCAntilock brake systems, fuel injectors, common rail & unit injectors1,800
Mahle BehrManufacturer and integrator of engine cooling systems375
IFA Rotorion North America LLCManufacturer of drive shafts for automobiles280
TorqTek Design and Manufacturing LLCDesign, develop & manufacture drivetrain systems; timing gears for diesel engines; in house heat treatment capabilities235
Mercedes-Benz Vans, a division of DaimlerSemi-knocked down (SKD) production of Mercedes Sprinter Vans for the U.S. market ($500 million expansion announced 2015)120
Kion North America Corp.Assembly of forklifts and pallet jacks; material handling equipment parts distribution115
GreekThrace-LINQ, Inc.Heavy-duty, petroleum-based textiles70
ItalianStrand-Tech Martin, Inc.Mfr. steel strand for concrete reinforcement30
JapaneseShowa Denko Carbon, Inc.Manufacture graphite electrodes for steel-making industry300
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
RussianDelfin USAMixing and bottling of motor oil170
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 research280
SpanishGiant Cement Company Inc.Manufacture portland and masonry cements110
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 systems175
SKF Aero BearingAircraft engine bearing inspection, remanufacturing50
Venture Aerobearings LLCBearings manufacturing and repair for the aviation market45
SwissMediterranean Shipping Co. (USA) Inc.South Atlantic corporate headquarters; shipping line300
ADT Security ServicesSecurity and alarm systems installation, monitoring and related services110
BelimedInfection control technology; US headquarters50
Source: Center for Business Research, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 12/2015

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Largest Manufacturing Employers

CompanyProductEmployees
The Boeing CompanyAircraft manufacturing8,200
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 compressors700
Century Aluminum of South Carolina, Inc.Primary aluminum ingot; aluminum smelting600
BAE Systems EI&S North CharlestonElectronic security and communications systems design, manufacturing and integration450
JW AluminumFlat-rolled aluminum products for the packaging, transportation machinery & equip, construction and consumer durables industries380
Mahle BehrManufacturer and integrater of engine cooling systems375
MWV (MeadWestvaco Corporation) Specialty ChemicalsDiverse portfolio of specialty chemical products, community development, forest management350
Showa Denko Carbon, Inc.Manufacture graphite electrodes for steel-making industry300
TIGHitcoDesign and fabrication of engineered components for aerospace and industrial applications300
VT MilcomEngineering, IT and technical services, fabrication and assembly275
IFA Rotorion North America LLCManufacturer of drive shafts for automobiles250
AAI CorporationSoftware/hardware design and production; flight simulators250
Albany InternationalPaper machine press fabrics (felts)240
DuPont Cooper River PlantHytrel® thermoplastic polyester elastomer/Kevlar® plant adjacent to Hytrel plant/Crastin® PBT polyester resins240
TorqTek Design and Manufacturing LLCDesign, develop & manufacture drivetrain systems; timing gears for diesel engines; in house heat treatment capabilities235
Source: Center for Business Research, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 6/2015

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Largest Distribution Employers

CompanyProductEmployees
Logistics
Mediterranean Shipping Co. (USA) Inc.South Atlantic corporate headquarters; shipping line300
CSX TransportationRailroad; cargo transportation150
UPSGlobal courier delivery services150
FedExGlobal 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
Bulldog Hiway ExpressFreight motor carrier100
Bunch Transport IncCargo transportation; volume LTL services; third party logistics & brokerage services100
Lineage Logistics (new in 2015)Cold storage distribution facility (340,000 sq ft; hiring underway)80
XPO Logistics - Supply ChainThird party logistics services and supply chain management75
Rogers & Brown Custom Brokers & International Freight ForwardersImport-Export brokers; 3PL or 4PL logistics; full range of transportation services; corporate headquarters75
Distribution
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 CenterUndergarments160
Hagemeyer North AmericaElectrical/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
Gerber Childrenswear LLC (opens Q2 2016)Distribution center to serve retail accounts as well as e-commerce purchases45
Source: Center for Business Research, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 10/2015

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Headquarters Facilities

CompanyProductType Local employees
Blackbaud, Inc.Specialty computer software development & designCorporate1300
BenefitfocusCustom benefits softwareCorporate850
Evening Post Industries Inc.Media, real estate and forestryCorporate450
Ware On Earth Communications Inc.Information assurance, system integration, network engineering, and enterprise architecture and infrastructureCorporate400
JW AluminumFlat-rolled aluminum products Corporate380
GEL GroupEnvironmental lab and engineering servicesCorporate350
MWV - Specialty Chemicals DivisionSpecialty chemicals World350
Mediterranean Shipping Co. (USA) Inc.Shipping container manufacturing and steamship lineU.S.300
Quoizel, Inc.Distribution of decorative lighting productsCorporate225
Knight's CompaniesConcrete and other construction related products and servicesCorporate220
Hagemeyer North AmericaElectrical/industrial equipment, tools distributionCorporate150
Life Cycle Engineering Inc.Engineering and applied technology solutionsU.S.130
SPARC, LLCFull software development life-cycle support and software product development services for commercial, federal and defense contractor sectorsCorporate130
American Tactical Imports (ATI)Headquarters, distribution and light assembly of firearms, ammunition and tactical equipmentCorporate120
PeopleMatterHuman resources software developerWorld100
Z Marine of North America Inc.Rigid-hull inflatable boats (RIBs)Division100
Bunch Transport Inc.Truckload services, volume LTL services, brokerage & logisticsCorporate100
Sawgrass TechnologiesSpecialty ink systems World85
Pegasus SteelHeavy steel fabricationNorth American75
AstenJohnson, Inc.Paper machine felt manufacturing Corporate75
Rogers & Brown Custom Brokers & International Freight ForwardersImport-Export brokers; 3PL or 4PL logisticsWorld75
ArborGen LLCCommercialization of tree geneticsCorporate70
Thrace-LINQ, Inc.Heavy-duty, petroleum-based textilesU.S.70
Aeterna ZentarisBiopharmaceutical company that develops novel treatments in oncology and endocrinology; North American business and global commercial operationsNorth American60
Belimed, Inc.Infection control technologyU.S.50
Le Creuset of AmericaMarketing headquarters for cookware manufacturer and marketerDivision25
The Intertech Group Inc.Holding company and operator of 100+ firms worldwide with an emphasis on technology-driven manufacturing firmsWorld25
Source: Center for Business Research, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 6/2015. List above shows selected headquarters facilities and is not meant to be comprehensive.

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