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.
10 French firms operate in the three-county Charleston region, including manufacturing, textiles, distribution centers, and headquarters. 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 Paris depart daily from nearby Atlanta and 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 (Historic Charleston French Quarter), 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 offers a compelling combination of port access, growing infrastructure and a high standard of living in a gracious environment. Le Creuset’s values in many ways mirror the values of Charleston – we believe history, authentic experience and craftsmanship are highly relevant in today’s world. And of course, we both love great food!"
Satisfy your craving for a taste of home here:
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.
|AHG Fasteners-USA, Inc.||5 to 9||U.S. business office for an international designer, manufacturer, and supplier of aerospace fastening systems|
|Air Liquide||20 to 49||Oxygen, argon, & nitrogen gas supplier|
|Bollore Logistics USA Inc.||5 to 9||International transportation and logistics (specialty: intercontinental air and ocean freight)|
|Chargeurs Wool (USA) Inc.||50 to 99||Mfr. wool top combing, lanolin by-product|
|Christoph Paccard Bellfoundries||20 to 49||Design, install, service and repair cast bronze bells, turnkey bell and clock towers, glockenspiels, chimes|
|Le Creuset of America||20 to 49||Marketing headquarters for cookware manufacturer and marketer|
|Lenscrafters Inc||20 to 49||Optical goods stores|
|Nexans High Voltage USA||100 to 249||High voltage cable manufacturing plant (including engineering, design and installation)|
|Safran Electrical & Power||100 to 249||Landing & braking systems, propulsion components, electrical wiring & electronics for aircraft|
|Saint-Gobain ADFORS||20 to 49||Reinforcement fabrics|
|Sonepar USA||100 to 249||North American headquarters; business to business supplier of electrical & safety products|
|Southern Optical Company||10 to 19||Optical laboratory|
|Sterimed||20 to 49||Sales/distribution of specialty paper for the medical industry|
|Vallen Distribution Inc., a Sonepar Co.||100 to 249||Marketing offices and distribution center for electrical/industrial/safety equipment, tools and products|
|Yves Delorme Inc||20 to 49||Home furnishings|
|Zodiac Nautic Americas||100 to 249||Recreation Div HQ; Mfg rigid-hull inflatable boats (RIBs)|
|Source: Center for Business Research, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 2020|