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The Automotive Cluster in Charleston County, SC:

  • Jobs (2020) – 4,151 (141% above the national average)
  • Pct. Change (2011-2021) – +100.7% (The nation increased by 21.9%)
  • Payrolled Business Locations (2020) – 20

Mercedes-Benz Vans opened its plant in Palmetto Commerce Park in 1999 and announced in 2005 an expansion that would more than double the plant size. The facility held it’s grand opening event in September 2018. The plant is the first-of its kind for Mercedes-Benz Vans in the United States, now employing more than 1,300 people.

Join Mercedes-Benz Vans, Cummins Turbo Technologies, Behr Heat Transfer Systems, and many others as they take advantage of benefits of locating in Charleston County.

“Two and a half years ago our company made the decision to relocate our headquarters from Florida to Charleston. Without the assistance of the Charleston County Economic Development, there is no way that the relocation would have happened. The entire team there helped us throughout all stages of the move including during the year prior to us even deciding that Charleston would be our future home. I can not thank the CCED team enough for all of the guidance they provided have provided us over the last several years. The move has been a success and we are proud to once again be working with them as we now search for a site to house a new manufacturing and distribution facility that we intend to build in Charleston County.” – Justin Jackrel, President, Bintelli, Inc.

Bintelli, Inc.

“Spartan Motors is pleased to add North Charleston to our growing global manufacturing footprint. We are big believers in the skilled tradespeople of North Charleston and the larger region, and we know the talent available here will allow us to manufacture to the standard of excellence our customers have come to expect.” Daryl Adams, President and Chief Executive Officer, Spartan Motors, Inc.

“We are pleased to invest in a community that has worked as a partner, collaborator and as a friend. Our commitment to Charleston is the result of a talented local workforce and the enterprising government support for the automotive industry.” – Mark Minatel, President, Driverge Vehicle Innovations