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Import and Export

The Charleston region is home to global 65+ automotive OEM companies and component manufacturers. 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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65+
automotive manufacturers and suppliers
6.5K+
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

Nearly one-third 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 The South Carolina Automotive Council and the Zucker Family Graduate Education Center.

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Mike Graney

vice president, Global Business Development
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