Business Climate

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81,353

County Population

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304,196

Area Laborshed

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Oconee has the 3rd
lowest property
taxes in SC.

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SC ranks 3rd in Site
Consultants Top States
for Doing Business

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SC has one of the lowest tax
structures in the country
for both personal and corporate.

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

$539,076,354 in new capital investment
1,738 new jobs
41 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:

The Oconee Economic Alliance has been a tremendous partner to BASF in Seneca over the years, and in the eight months I have served as site director. They have been integral to our workforce development initiatives, because they truly understand the needs of the manufacturing industry and are always exploring ways they can partner with us to expand job opportunities to people in our community.

On a personal note, working in the area has been a wonderful experience. People across Oconee County have been warm and welcoming as I’ve taken on this new role as site director, and I look forward to a bright future ahead here.

 – Elba Lizardi, Site Director, BASF Seneca

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

Horton

Number of Employees: 65
Year Founded in Oconee County: 2020
Products: Engine Cooling Solutions, including Fans and Fan Drives for all variety of On-Highway and Off-Highway Applications

Horton began the search for a new North American manufacturing plant in 2018, and the most important criteria for our company was people in the area to build the right culture. The workforce in Oconee County is not only diverse, with significant backgrounds in industrial processes to meet our needs, but also has a strong work ethic and desire to contribute. In addition, Oconee County benefits from the partnership with Tri-County Technical College that is proximate to our new location in the Oconee Industry & Technology Park. The team at TCTC was a gracious neighbor during our startup and has provided on-going support in workforce training and development. Beyond great people, Upstate South Carolina and specifically Oconee County is business-friendly, including local service providers, infrastructure that evolves with our technological advancements, amenities to attract and keep employees, and even availability of supplier partners to support our manufacturing needs. We are excited about the beginning of a long tenure of growth that we find uniquely achievable in Oconee County.

– Tony Niese, VP of Operations

Industrial Directory

Company NameProduct/IndustryPhone NumberAddressCountry of Origin
ACI PlasticsThermoplastic Processing and Recycling864-613-51332333 Sandifer Blvd. Westminster, SC 29693USA
Advanced Defense Components102 Browns Square Dr. Walhalla, SC 29691USA
Agitation ResourceDesign and Fabrication of Liquid Agitators864-882-380015441 Wells Hwy. Seneca, SC 29678USA
All Tech Solutions, LLCPlastic Injection Molding864-647-52002345 Sandifer Blvd. Westminster, SC 29693USA
BASFRefining Precious Metal Catalysts864-882-9841554 Engelhard Dr. Seneca, SC 29678Germany
Baxter EnterprisesPlastic Injection Molding864-649-33261000 Innovation Way, Westminster, SC 29693USA
Blue Ridge Designs, Inc.Machine Shop and Engineering/Design Work864-710-4964120 Old Seneca Rd. Westminster, SC 29693USA
Blue Ridge Electric CooperativePower Distribution864-647-20052328 Sandifer Blvd. Westminster, SC 29693USA
BorgWarner TorqTransfer Systems, Inc.Automotive Transfer Cases864-985-056815545 Wells Hwy. Seneca, SC 29678USA
Brown CNC Machine, LLCMetal Fabrication & Manufacturing864-247-34443006 SC-11, Walhalla, SC 29691USA
Buffalo Machine Mfg, Inc.Industrial Machine Shop864-972-4949198 Connor Blvd. Fair Play, SC 29643USA
Byron Duncan InnovationsAutomotive After-Market Parts864-710-3886424 Stamp Creek Rd. Salem, SC 29676USA
Carolina Plastics, Inc.Plastic Recycling864-985-1501105 Warehouse Rd. Seneca, SC 29672USA
Cast Products Co., Inc.Aluminum, Iron and Brass Castings864-647-9122130 Foundry Rd. Westminster, SC 29693USA
CG Roxane Water Co., Inc.Bottled Water864-482-01671105 Whitewater Falls Rd. Salem, SC 29676Japan
ClariosPlastic Injection Molding864-882-03501204 Old Walhalla Hwy. West Union, SC 29696USA
Collins Craft Corp.Woven Fiberglass864-647-91982313 Sandifer Blvd. Westminster, SCUSA
Colony ToolIndustrial Cutting Tool Distributor & Machine Shop864-882-1881518 Concord Industrial Dr. Seneca, SC 29672USA
CRM Global ManufacturingMetal Fabrication & Manufacturing864-886-0993730 Joe Lewis Rd. Seneca, SC 29678USA
Duke EnergyPower Generation864-873-46067812 Rochester Hwy. Seneca, SC 29672USA
Dynamic Fluid Components, Inc.Gages, Valves, Accessories & Hose Assemblies864-638-55442810 Blue Ridge Blvd. West Union, SC 29696USA
Edwards Group/Eagle MediaPrint Shop(864) 324-06427105 SC-11USA
Greenfield IndustriesCutting Tools864-654-49222501 Davis Creek Rd. Seneca, SC 29678China
Helibasket LLCMetal Fabrication of Heli-Basket Rescue Systems864-985-0804450 North Hwy 11, West Union, SC 29696USA
Hi-Tec Plating, Inc. Precision Metal Finishing864-882-3311219 Hitec Rd. Seneca, SC 29678USA
Horton, Inc. Engine Cooling Manufacturing(651) 361-6400301 Oconee Business Parkway, Westminster, SC 29693USA
Integrated Support Systems, Inc.Develops Computer Software Solutions864-654-1284936C Old Clemson Hwy. Seneca, SC 29672USA
International Kitchen SupplyDistribution of Kitchen Cabinetry864-638-43723466 North Hwy 11, West Union, SC 29696USA
Itron, Inc.Electronic & Natural Gas Metering Devices864-638-8300313 North Hwy 11, West Union, SC 29696USA
ITT Hydraulic & Pneumatic Components for Automated Machinery864-647-9521105 Commerce Way, Westminster, SC 29693USA
Jocassee Valley Brewing CompanyCraft Beer Production864-723-535713412 SC-11, Salem, SC 29676USA
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 29691USA
Kauffman Truss, Inc.Roof Truss864-972-8787141 Greer Rd. Westminster, SC 29693USA
Keowee Brewing CompanyCraft Beer Production864-539-2679401 E. Main St. Seneca, SC 29678USA
Kroeger Marine Construction, Inc.Marine Construction & Erosion Control864-882-76712227 Blue Ridge Blvd. Seneca, SC 29672USA
Lanier Timber Co. / Tugaloo Wood YardLumber Products864-882-2001558 Old Clemson Hwy. Seneca, SC 29678USA
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 29696USA
M Lowery MachineMachined Products864-647-7717161 Thrift Ave. Seneca, SC 29678USA
Mold Clinic, Inc.Plastic Injection Molding864-638-0154824 W. Union Rd. West Union, SC 29696USA
Nason CompanyCustom Pneumatic/Hydraulic Cylinders, Pressure and Temperature Controls864-638-95211307 South Hwy 11, Walhalla, SC 29691USA
Oconee Machine & ToolIndustrial Machine Shop864-647-95952319 Sandifer Blvd. Westminster, SC 29693USA
Oconee Memorial HospitalHospital/Healthcare864-482-3100298 Memorial Dr. Seneca, SC 29672USA
Parkway Products, Inc.Plastic Injection Molding864-882-56521642 Blue Ridge Blvd. Seneca, SC 29672USA
Perry Ellis InternationalApparel Distribution864-886-4300101 Mountain View Dr. Seneca, SC 29672USA
Plastic Products Co. Inc.Plastic Injection Molding864-888-8416199 Keowee Business Pkwy. Seneca, SC 29678USA
PMi2Machine Tooling864-647-09252313 Blue Ridge Blvd. Seneca, SC 29672USA
PVS SensorsPressure, Vacuum, Temperature, and Differential Switches864-638-55442810 Blue Ridge Blvd. West Union, SC 29696USA
RBC AeroStructures Aerospace Control Rods & Bearings864-886-6400123 Commerce Way, Westminster, SC 29693USA
Sandvik CoromantCarbide 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 29678USA
Sharpe Manufacturing, Inc.Industrial Machine Shop864-638-5513880 W. Union Rd. West Union, SC 29696USA
Stratco, Inc.Dimensional Gages864-972-0063262 Woolbright Cir. Townville, SC 29689USA
Technology SolutionsTier III Data Center864-882-9194301 Bypass 123, Seneca, SC 29678USA
Three Swings, IncConstruction Services & Supplies864-882-8052299 Richland Rd. Westminster, SC 29693USA
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 29693USA/Japan
Ulbrich Precision Flat WireSpecialty Flat Wire864-647-9524692 Plant Rd. Westminster, SC 29693USA
US Building InnovationsAdvanced Coatings864-539-5018391 Newry Rd. Seneca, SC 29672USA
Vermon NDTIndustrial Ultrasound Probes864-407-4112100 Brown Square Dr. Walhalla, SC 29691France
Window Repair Systems, IncAdvanced Manufacturing800-842-09742363 Sandifer Blvd. Westminster, SC 29693USA
Woodtex ProductsManufactures Outdoor Buildings864-972-991915406 South Highway 11, Fair Play, SC 29643USA

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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