Business Climate

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77,000

Population

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60+

Industry-Related Companies

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640,000

Laborshed Population

Oconee County is ideally located on Interstate 85 between two major US cities: Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina. Three international airports located within 130 miles, and a landscape surrounded by lakes, rivers, and hiking trails make Oconee the perfect combination of both industry and lifestyle.

While we welcome all project types, we feel that we are particularly suited for small- to medium-sized companies, specifically targeting those within the advanced manufacturing, plastic injection molding, metal fabrication, and automotive industries. The workforce in Oconee County is particularly suited to meet the skill requirements for these industries.

At the OEA, we find value in establishing and maintaining working relationships with our existing industries so that we can be of assistance through any challenges they may face, as well as being able to celebrate their many successes.

Since 2012

$527,078,092 in new taxable capital investment and
1,738 new jobs spread over
40 projects.

South Carolina was ranked the 12th most business-friendly state for corporate taxes and the 37th state on a business tax climate index.

Testimonials

BorgWarner

Number of Employees: 950
Year Founded in Oconee County: 1996
Product: Transfer cases for four-wheel-drive passenger cars and trucks

Oconee County has been a great place to locate and grow our business through the years. In addition to being a welcoming climate for businesses, Oconee County has been a true partner to help meet our needs and goals, and is in a good geographical location from which to support our customers’ needs. Partnerships with Tri-County Technical College and close proximities to universities including Clemson, Georgia Tech, and Georgia State, etc., enables us to have access to a skilled technical  workforce, which is key for a high-tech business like ours in the automotive and transportation industry.

 – Joe McCulloch, Plant Manager

BASF

Number of Employees: 400
Year Founded in Oconee County: 2006.
Products: Specialty chemical catalysts manufacturing and precious metal refining facility:

BASF’s site in Oconee County has been in operations since 1987. The opportunities for growth and expansion at the site have come, in part, because of the proactive business climate found in Oconee County. Community and business leaders have been a reliable source for BASF to work with in attracting a qualified and skilled workforce. As manufacturers compete to attract employees, BASF understands the need to work with these partners to develop workforce development opportunities.  In addition to our involvement with the Chamber, BASF is working with the local Oconee County school system, Tri-County Technical College and Clemson University to expand science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education opportunities at all education levels including an emphasis on technical training. In collaboration with these educational partners, BASF will continue to grow opportunities at the Seneca site for local residents.

 – Cara Madzy, Site Director

Sandvik Coromant

Number of Employees: 300
Year Founded in Oconee County: 2002
Product: Carbide cutting tools and inserts

As a global business, the products that we produce here in Westminster go all over the world. Being part of a global conglomerate, we get affected when there is any uncertainty in the global market place. Otherwise, we run our daily operations based on our global and local strategies and are continuously developing the plant performance. We have a great team who are engaged and involved in our continuous improvements. Thanks to the Westminster team for making our plant one of the best plants in the Sandvik world.

 – Arun Pattanaik, Production Unit Director

Business Directory

Company NameProduct/IndustryPhone NumberAddressCountry of Origin
ACI PlasticsThermoplastic Processing and Recycling864-613-51332333 Sandifer Blvd. Westminster, SC 29693United States
Agitation ResourceDesign and Fabrication of Liquid Agitators864-882-380015441 Wells Hwy. Seneca, SC 29678United States
All Tech Solutions, LLCPlastic Injection Molding864-647-52002345 Sandifer Blvd. Westminster, SC 29693United States
BASFRefining Precious Metal Catalysts864-882-9841554 Engelhard Dr. Seneca, SC 29678Germany
Baxter EnterprisesPlastic Injection Molding864-649-33261000 Innovation Way, Westminster, SC 29693United States
Blue Ridge Designs, Inc.Machine Shop and Engineering/Design Work864-710-4964120 Old Seneca Rd. Westminster, SC 29693United States
Blue Ridge Electric CooperativePower Distribution864-647-20052328 Sandifer Blvd. Westminster, SC 29693United States
BorgWarner TorqTransfer Systems, Inc.Automotive Transfer Cases864-985-056815545 Wells Hwy. Seneca, SC 29678United States
Brown CNC Machine, LLCMetal Fabrication & Manufacturing864-247-34443006 SC-11, Walhalla, SC 29691United States
Buffalo Machine Mfg, Inc.Industrial Machine Shop864-972-4949198 Connor Blvd. Fair Play, SC 29643United States
Byron Duncan InnovationsAutomotive After-Market Parts864-710-3886424 Stamp Creek Rd. Salem, SC 29676United States
Carolina Plastics, Inc.Plastic Recycling864-985-1501105 Warehouse Rd. Seneca, SC 29672United States
Cast Products Co., Inc.Aluminum, Iron and Brass Castings864-647-9122130 Foundry Rd. Westminster, SC 29693United States
CG Roxane Water Co., Inc.Bottled Water864-482-01671105 Whitewater Falls Rd. Salem, SC 29676Japan
Clarios (formerly Johnson Controls)Plastic Injection Molding864-882-03501204 Old Walhalla Hwy. West Union, SC 29696United States
Collins Craft Corp.Woven Fiberglass864-647-91982313 Sandifer Blvd. Westminster, SCUnited States
Colony ToolIndustrial Cutting Tool Distributor & Machine Shop864-882-1881518 Concord Industrial Dr. Seneca, SC 29672United States
CRM Global ManufacturingMetal Fabrication & Manufacturing864-886-0993730 Joe Lewis Rd. Seneca, SC 29678United States
Duke Energy Oconee Nuclear StationPower Generation864-873-46067812 Rochester Hwy. Seneca, SC 29672United States
Dynamic Fluid Components, Inc.Gages, Valves, Accessories & Hose Assemblies864-638-55442810 Blue Ridge Blvd. West Union, SC 29696United States
Edwards PrintingPrint Shop(864) 324-06427105 SC-11United States
Greenfield IndustriesCutting Tools864-654-49222501 Davis Creek Rd. Seneca, SC 29678China
Greentech Global RecyclingRecycles Reclaimed Metal and Scrap to Process Into New Metal864-654-49221 Jeff Chee Way, Seneca, SC 29678China
Helibasket LLCMetal Fabrication of Heli-Basket Rescue Systems864-985-0804450 North Hwy 11, West Union, SC 29696United States
Hi-Tec Plating, Inc. Precision Metal Finishing864-882-3311219 Hitec Rd. Seneca, SC 29678United States
Hi-Tech Mold & EngineeringSupplier for Mold and Tooling Industries864-649-33261000 Innovation Way, Westminster, SC 29693United States
Ideal Steel, Inc.Steel Components864-882-6773120 Halpers Dr. Seneca, SC 29678United States
Integrated Support Systems, Inc.Develops Computer Software Solutions864-654-1284936C Old Clemson Hwy. Seneca, SC 29672United States
International Kitchen SupplyDistribution of Kitchen Cabinetry864-638-43723466 North Hwy 11, West Union, SC 29696United States
Itron, Inc.Electronic & Natural Gas Metering Devices864-638-8300313 North Hwy 11, West Union, SC 29696United States
ITT Hydraulic & Pneumatic Components for Automated Machinery864-647-9521105 Commerce Way, Westminster, SC 29693United States
Perry Ellis InternationalApparel Distribution864-886-4300101 Mountain View Dr. Seneca, SC 29672United States
Jocassee Valley Brewing CompanyCraft Beer Production864-723-535713412 SC-11, Salem, SC 29676United States
JTEKT/Koyo Bearings USANeedle Bearings864-638-3683430 Torrington Rd. West Union, SC 29696Japan
Just Aircraft LLCLight Sport Aircraft864-718-0320170 Duck Pond Rd. Walhalla, SC 29691United States
Kauffman Truss, Inc.Roof Truss864-972-8787141 Greer Rd. Westminster, SC 29693United States
Keowee Brewing CompanyCraft Beer Production864-539-2679401 E. Main St. Seneca, SC 29678United States
Kroeger Marine Construction, Inc.Marine Construction & Erosion Control864-882-76712313 Blue Ridge Blvd. Seneca, SC 29672United States
Lanier Timber Co. / Tugaloo Wood YardLumber Products864-882-2001558 Old Clemson Hwy. Seneca, SC 29678United States
Lift Technologies, Inc.Fork Lift Masts864-647-11197040 South Hwy 11, Westminster, SC 29693Italy
Menzner Lumber CompanyLumber Products864-638-9515102 Jefferson Rd. West Union, SC 29696United States
Mold Clinic, Inc.Plastic Injection Molding864-638-0154824 W. Union Rd. West Union, SC 29696United States
Nason CompanyCustom Pneumatic/Hydraulic Cylinders, Pressure and Temperature Controls864-638-95211307 South Hwy 11, Walhalla, SC 29691United States
Oconee Machine & ToolIndustrial Machine Shop864-647-95952319 Sandifer Blvd. Westminster, SC 29693United States
Oconee Memorial HospitalHospital/Healthcare864-482-3100298 Memorial Dr. Seneca, SC 29672United States
Parkway Products, Inc.Plastic Injection Molding864-882-56521642 Blue Ridge Blvd. Seneca, SC 29672United States
Plastic Products Co. Inc.Plastic Injection Molding864-888-8416199 Keowee Business Pkwy. Seneca, SC 29678United States
Precision Machining, Inc.Machine Tooling864-647-0925105 Old Seneca Rd. Westminster, SC 29693United States
PVS SensorsPressure, Vacuum, Temperature, and Differential Switches864-638-55442810 Blue Ridge Blvd. West Union, SC 29696United States
RBC AeroStructures Aerospace Control Rods & Bearings864-886-6400123 Commerce Way, Westminster, SC 29693United States
SandvikCarbide Cutting Tools864-886-73002424 Sandifer Blvd. Westminster, SC 29693Sweden
Schneider ElectricCustom Motor Control Centers864-882-24141990 Sandifer Blvd. Seneca, SC 29678France
Sealed Air Corporation Plastic Packaging Film864-885-6200150 Cryovac Blvd. Seneca, SC 29678United States
Sharpe Manufacturing, Inc.Industrial Machine Shop864-638-5513880 W. Union Rd. West Union, SC 29696United States
Technology SolutionsTier III Data Center864-882-9194301 Bypass 123, Seneca, SC 29678United States
Three Swings, IncConstruction Services & Supplies864-882-8052299 Richland Rd. Westminster, SC 29693United States
Turbines R&D Inc.Turbine Flow Meters & Monitors864-882-4544112 Lumber Ln. Seneca, SC 29672United States
U.S. Engine Valve Corp.Automotive Engine Valves864-647-20617039 South Hwy 11, Westminster, SC 29693US/Japan
Ulbrich Precision Flat WireSpecialty Flat Wire864-647-9524692 Plant Rd. Westminster, SC 29693United States
US Building InnovationsAdvanced Coatings864-539-5018391 Newry Rd. Seneca, SC 29672United States
Vermon NDTIndustrial Ultrasound Probes864-407-4112100 Brown Square Dr. Walhalla, SC 29691France
Window Repair Systems, IncAdvanced Manufacturing800-842-09742363 Sandifer Blvd. Westminster, SC 29693United States
Woodtex ProductsManufactures Outdoor Buildings864-972-991915406 South Highway 11, Fair Play, SC 29643United States

Entrepreneurial Resources (TCEDC)

The purpose of the Tri-County Entrepreneurial Development Corporation (TCEDC) is to assist local entrepreneurs in taking their ideas from concept to reality, from garage office to Main Street and from relative unknown to a mainstream brand.

TCEDC, working closely with the Oconee Economic Alliance, SCORE and Tri-County Technical College, offers educational programs to entrepreneurs and small businesses. We provide low rent office space for start-ups as well as one-on-one counseling and mentoring services to both new and existing small businesses.

Taxes & Incentives

Whether you have an opportunity to expand or are relocating, Oconee County is willing to offer competitive incentive packages and reduced taxes, in the form of five-year abatement of property tax and fee-in-lieu-of-tax arrangements  Each incentive package is tailored to the specific needs of the project.

In addition, the state of South Carolina is proud to offer the following statutory incentives:

  •   No state property tax
  •   No local income tax
  •   No inventory tax
  •   No wholesale tax
  •   No unitary tax on worldwide profits
  •   Favorable corporate income tax
  •   No sales tax on manufacturing & industrial power materials for finished product
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