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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 Volvo
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Long-term Manufacturing Presence

“Bosch's 50-year impact on Charleston is a testament to our commitment to driving progress. From pioneering gasoline fuel injection and ESP/ABS brake systems to our latest leap into electric motors, we've not only shaped technology but also become a beacon for top talent in this beautiful, thriving community. Here's to 50 years of innovation and the promise of an exciting future ahead.”

Annekathrin Müller
VP Plant Manager Commercial Functions
Bosch USA

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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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