Charleston | South Carolina | USA is home, workplace and inspiration to more than 802,000 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.
24 German firms employing 3,500+ workers operate in the three-county Charleston region, including manufacturing, engineering, distributors, and professional services. The region’s growing international community includes the following industry leaders:
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 Frankfurt and Munich depart daily from nearby Atlanta or JFK international airports.
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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, 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.
"Charleston has proven the perfect place for IFA Rotorion to set up and to grow. Our most recent expansion not only helped us meet increased demand, but positioned us to extend our capabilities as well."
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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.
|Aldi||100 to 249||Trader Joe's grocery store and 2 Aldi stores|
|ARNTZ, Inc.||20 to 49||Metal-cutting saw blades & machinery|
|BASF Dispersions - Effect Mica Business Unit||50 to 99||Pearlescent (inorganic) pigments|
|BLG Logistics||20 to 49||Supply chain services for Mercedes-Benz Vans|
|Brenntag Mid-South, Inc.||10 to 19||Chemical distribution (coatings, DEF, food/nutrition, water treatment applications)|
|BVG Inc||10 to 19||Chemical handling systems for paper industry and other sectors|
|DB Schenker||5 to 9||Freight transportation arrangement|
|DHL||20 to 49||Global courier and logistics services|
|DHL Supply Chain||250 to 499||Distribution and warehousing park (under construction)|
|Diehl Aerosystems||1 to 4||On-site Support Service (OSS) to Boeing|
|Evonik||50 to 99||Precipitated silica for use in tire production|
|Finalcontrol, Inc.||5 to 9||Quality assurance and control services for automotive, electronic, ceramic, molded plastic and medical device manufacturers|
|Gedore Tools Inc.||10 to 19||Distribution of hand tools targeting aviation, automotive, industrial and renewable energy sectors|
|Hapag-Lloyd (America) Inc||10 to 19||Offices for container shipping company|
|Hubner Manufacturing Corp.||100 to 249||Articulation systems (bellows), passageway systems, specialty bumpers, airplane walkway coverings|
|IFA North America LLC||500 to 999||Maker of propshafts for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles|
|IMO Group USA||5 to 9||Sales office for manufacturer of slewing rings used to spin wind turbines|
|Isringhausen||100 to 249||Manufacture seats and seat assemblies for the Mercedes-Benz Vans Sprinter|
|Job Impulse, Inc.||20 to 49||Personnel services firm with 50 sites in 12 countries and 9,000+ employees worldwide|
|Kion North America Corp.||100 to 249||Assembly of forklifts and pallet jacks; material handling equipment parts distribution; North American HQ|
|Kloeckner Metals||20 to 49||Pattern size sheet and coil in hot rolled, floor plate, HRP&O, and cold rolled; carbon and non-ferrous metals|
|LANXESS Corp. (2 area sites)||100 to 249||Manufacture phosphorus-based chemicals for auto, pharmaceutical, construction & other industries; Advanced Industrial Intermediates Business Unit|
|Leschaco Inc||10 to 19||Freight transportation arrangement|
|MAHLE Behr Charleston, Inc.||500 to 999||Manufacturer and integrator of engine cooling systems|
|Mankiewicz Coatings LLC||20 to 49||Manufacturing & distribution of coating & paint systems serving the medical, automotive, aviation, rail, yachting & other sectors|
|Marabu North America LP||20 to 49||Develops & manufactures liquid laminates (clear coatings) and inks for large and grand format digital printing as well as other applications such as vehicle/fleet graphics, fine art printing and others|
|Mercedes-Benz Vans, LLC||1,000 to 2,499||Assembly of Sprinter vans for the U.S. market under the brands Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner; Semi-knockdown (SKD) production of Metris van|
|Paul Bippus Precision LLC||20 to 49||Precision turned parts for automotive manufacturing applications|
|Protego (USA), Inc.||20 to 49||Manufacture & wholesale distribution of tank & flammable vapor processing safety equipment for chemical, pharmaceutical, bio-energy and other sectors|
|Robert Bosch LLC||1,000 to 2,499||Automotive powertrain and chassis system control parts manufacturing|
|SMIT Transformer Sales, Inc.||5 to 9||Sales and distribution of power transformers|
|STAHL CraneSystems Inc.||10 to 19||Material handling equipment|
|stoba USA Corp.||50 to 99||Machined components for automotive injection systems|
|Stobich Fire Protection Systems LP||10 to 19||Fire & smoke protection textiles and closure systems sales, distribution, installation & technical support|
|Symrise||20 to 49||Aroma chemicals|
|Syn Strand, Inc./Voith||50 to 99||Monofilament, nylon & polyester; used in belts on paper-making machines|
|ThyssenKrupp Industrial Services||20 to 49||Warehousing, FTZ, export packing, supply chain services|
|T-Mobile USA||1,000 to 2,499||Inbound/outbound customer service center|
|Vartan Aviation Support LLC||20 to 49||Aviation cabin interior production, support services, maintenance/overhaul|
|Wurth Wood Group||10 to 19||Distribution of specialty building materials|
|Zapp Precision Wire Inc./Zapp Tooling Alloys, Inc.||50 to 99||Specialty suppliers of cold formed stainless steel and titanium wires, bars and profiles|
|Zeltwanger CNC Mfg LP/Leak Testing & Automation LP||20 to 49||Contract CNC manufacturer specializing in ready-to-install machine components and complex assemblies; leak-testing systems services and support|
|Source: Center for Business Research, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 2020|