Area Development Magazine has come up with the rankings for new and expanding businesses in the United States and South Carolina is ranked No.2. On the heels of Texas, South Carolina has moved up from fourth place in 2011 in part because of growing exports and $3.4 billion dollars worth of investments. Some of those investments include Bridgestone America’s $1.2 billion expansion, BMW’s expansion- bringing their investment in the state to almost $6 billion. There is also Michelin North America’s investment of nearly $1billion in plants around the state creating 500 jobs.
So, you might ask your self why is South Carolina so appealing? Well, South Carolina offers great training/ development programs, competitive labor, and a willing workforce with the advanced skill sets needed for new operations. Editors of the magazine pointed out that Ready SC , South Carolina’s workforce development program, has trained more than 250,000 workers for 2,000 companies.
More GREAT things happening in South Carolina: Ranked No.2 for overall business climate, No.3 for infrastructure and global access, and tied for No. 5 in leading the economic recovery.