SC Among the Best in the East in Manufacturing


Bobby Hitt recalls a time, not too long ago, when South Carolina was masterful in manufacturing textiles – and not a whole lot more.

However, fast-forward a few chapters on the handheld clicker and you will see that much has changed in the Palmetto State over the last couple of decades.

“I would say, if you ask most people on the street what our calling card is now, it would be various sectors in the automotive and aerospace industries,” Hitt, South Carolina’s Secretary of Commerce, tells Industry Today.

“We are also very strong in the energy sector. We have a great utility system in the state, which keeps manufacturers’ costs low. That’s obviously a big attractor.”

Manufacturing, he says, has spearheaded the bulk of the state’s economic growth since the turn of the decade – and recent statistics by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis back his claim.


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