You won’t find a more business-friendly climate than South Carolina. Area Development magazine ranks South Carolina as one of the top five states to do business.
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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.
$539,076,354 in new capital investment
1,738 new jobs
South Carolina was ranked the 12th most business-friendly state for corporate taxes and the 37th state on a business tax climate index.
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
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
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
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
Company Name Product/Industry Phone Number Address Country of Origin ACI Plastics Thermoplastic Processing and Recycling 864-613-5133 2333 Sandifer Blvd. Westminster, SC 29693 United States Agitation Resource Design and Fabrication of Liquid Agitators 864-882-3800 15441 Wells Hwy. Seneca, SC 29678 United States All Tech Solutions, LLC Plastic Injection Molding 864-647-5200 2345 Sandifer Blvd. Westminster, SC 29693 United States BASF Refining Precious Metal Catalysts 864-882-9841 554 Engelhard Dr. Seneca, SC 29678 Germany Baxter Enterprises Plastic Injection Molding 864-649-3326 1000 Innovation Way, Westminster, SC 29693 United States Blue Ridge Designs, Inc. Machine Shop and Engineering/Design Work 864-710-4964 120 Old Seneca Rd. Westminster, SC 29693 United States Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative Power Distribution 864-647-2005 2328 Sandifer Blvd. Westminster, SC 29693 United States BorgWarner TorqTransfer Systems, Inc. Automotive Transfer Cases 864-985-0568 15545 Wells Hwy. Seneca, SC 29678 United States Brown CNC Machine, LLC Metal Fabrication & Manufacturing 864-247-3444 3006 SC-11, Walhalla, SC 29691 United States Buffalo Machine Mfg, Inc. Industrial Machine Shop 864-972-4949 198 Connor Blvd. Fair Play, SC 29643 United States Byron Duncan Innovations Automotive After-Market Parts 864-710-3886 424 Stamp Creek Rd. Salem, SC 29676 United States Carolina Plastics, Inc. Plastic Recycling 864-985-1501 105 Warehouse Rd. Seneca, SC 29672 United States Cast Products Co., Inc. Aluminum, Iron and Brass Castings 864-647-9122 130 Foundry Rd. Westminster, SC 29693 United States CG Roxane Water Co., Inc. Bottled Water 864-482-0167 1105 Whitewater Falls Rd. Salem, SC 29676 Japan Clarios (formerly Johnson Controls) Plastic Injection Molding 864-882-0350 1204 Old Walhalla Hwy. West Union, SC 29696 United States Collins Craft Corp. Woven Fiberglass 864-647-9198 2313 Sandifer Blvd. Westminster, SC United States Colony Tool Industrial Cutting Tool Distributor & Machine Shop 864-882-1881 518 Concord Industrial Dr. Seneca, SC 29672 United States CRM Global Manufacturing Metal Fabrication & Manufacturing 864-886-0993 730 Joe Lewis Rd. Seneca, SC 29678 United States Duke Energy Oconee Nuclear Station Power Generation 864-873-4606 7812 Rochester Hwy. Seneca, SC 29672 United States Dynamic Fluid Components, Inc. Gages, Valves, Accessories & Hose Assemblies 864-638-5544 2810 Blue Ridge Blvd. West Union, SC 29696 United States Edwards Printing Print Shop (864) 324-0642 7105 SC-11 United States Greenfield Industries Cutting Tools 864-654-4922 2501 Davis Creek Rd. Seneca, SC 29678 China Greentech Global Recycling Recycles Reclaimed Metal and Scrap to Process Into New Metal 864-654-4922 1 Jeff Chee Way, Seneca, SC 29678 China Helibasket LLC Metal Fabrication of Heli-Basket Rescue Systems 864-985-0804 450 North Hwy 11, West Union, SC 29696 United States Hi-Tec Plating, Inc. Precision Metal Finishing 864-882-3311 219 Hitec Rd. Seneca, SC 29678 United States Hi-Tech Mold & Engineering Supplier for Mold and Tooling Industries 864-649-3326 1000 Innovation Way, Westminster, SC 29693 United States Ideal Steel, Inc. Steel Components 864-882-6773 120 Halpers Dr. Seneca, SC 29678 United States Integrated Support Systems, Inc. Develops Computer Software Solutions 864-654-1284 936C Old Clemson Hwy. Seneca, SC 29672 United States International Kitchen Supply Distribution of Kitchen Cabinetry 864-638-4372 3466 North Hwy 11, West Union, SC 29696 United States Itron, Inc. Electronic & Natural Gas Metering Devices 864-638-8300 313 North Hwy 11, West Union, SC 29696 United States ITT Hydraulic & Pneumatic Components for Automated Machinery 864-647-9521 105 Commerce Way, Westminster, SC 29693 United States Jocassee Valley Brewing Company Craft Beer Production 864-723-5357 13412 SC-11, Salem, SC 29676 United States JTEKT/Koyo Bearings USA Needle Bearings 864-638-3683 430 Torrington Rd. West Union, SC 29696 Japan Just Aircraft LLC Light Sport Aircraft 864-718-0320 170 Duck Pond Rd. Walhalla, SC 29691 United States Kauffman Truss, Inc. Roof Truss 864-972-8787 141 Greer Rd. Westminster, SC 29693 United States Keowee Brewing Company Craft Beer Production 864-539-2679 401 E. Main St. Seneca, SC 29678 United States Kroeger Marine Construction, Inc. Marine Construction & Erosion Control 864-882-7671 2227 Blue Ridge Blvd. Seneca, SC 29672 United States Lanier Timber Co. / Tugaloo Wood Yard Lumber Products 864-882-2001 558 Old Clemson Hwy. Seneca, SC 29678 United States Lift Technologies, Inc. Fork Lift Masts 864-647-1119 7040 South Hwy 11, Westminster, SC 29693 Italy Menzner Lumber Company Lumber Products 864-638-9515 102 Jefferson Rd. West Union, SC 29696 United States Mold Clinic, Inc. Plastic Injection Molding 864-638-0154 824 W. Union Rd. West Union, SC 29696 United States Nason Company Custom Pneumatic/Hydraulic Cylinders, Pressure and Temperature Controls 864-638-9521 1307 South Hwy 11, Walhalla, SC 29691 United States Oconee Machine & Tool Industrial Machine Shop 864-647-9595 2319 Sandifer Blvd. Westminster, SC 29693 United States Oconee Memorial Hospital Hospital/Healthcare 864-482-3100 298 Memorial Dr. Seneca, SC 29672 United States Parkway Products, Inc. Plastic Injection Molding 864-882-5652 1642 Blue Ridge Blvd. Seneca, SC 29672 United States Perry Ellis International (formerly Jantzen) Apparel Distribution 864-886-4300 101 Mountain View Dr. Seneca, SC 29672 United States Plastic Products Co. Inc. Plastic Injection Molding 864-888-8416 199 Keowee Business Pkwy. Seneca, SC 29678 United States PMi2 (formerly Precision Machine) Machine Tooling 864-647-0925 2313 Blue Ridge Blvd. Seneca, SC 29672 United States PVS Sensors Pressure, Vacuum, Temperature, and Differential Switches 864-638-5544 2810 Blue Ridge Blvd. West Union, SC 29696 United States RBC AeroStructures Aerospace Control Rods & Bearings 864-886-6400 123 Commerce Way, Westminster, SC 29693 United States Sandvik Carbide Cutting Tools 864-886-7300 2424 Sandifer Blvd. Westminster, SC 29693 Sweden Schneider Electric Custom Motor Control Centers 864-882-2414 1990 Sandifer Blvd. Seneca, SC 29678 France Sealed Air Corporation Plastic Packaging Film 864-885-6200 150 Cryovac Blvd. Seneca, SC 29678 United States Sharpe Manufacturing, Inc. Industrial Machine Shop 864-638-5513 880 W. Union Rd. West Union, SC 29696 United States Stratco Inc. Dimensional Gages 864-972-0063 262 Woolbright Cir. Townville, SC 29689 United States Technology Solutions Tier III Data Center 864-882-9194 301 Bypass 123, Seneca, SC 29678 United States Three Swings, Inc Construction Services & Supplies 864-882-8052 299 Richland Rd. Westminster, SC 29693 United States Turbines R&D Inc. Turbine Flow Meters & Monitors 864-882-4544 112 Lumber Ln. Seneca, SC 29672 United States U.S. Engine Valve Corp. Automotive Engine Valves 864-647-2061 7039 South Hwy 11, Westminster, SC 29693 US/Japan Ulbrich Precision Flat Wire Specialty Flat Wire 864-647-9524 692 Plant Rd. Westminster, SC 29693 United States US Building Innovations Advanced Coatings 864-539-5018 391 Newry Rd. Seneca, SC 29672 United States Vermon NDT Industrial Ultrasound Probes 864-407-4112 100 Brown Square Dr. Walhalla, SC 29691 France Window Repair Systems, Inc Advanced Manufacturing 800-842-0974 2363 Sandifer Blvd. Westminster, SC 29693 United States Woodtex Products Manufactures Outdoor Buildings 864-972-9919 15406 South Highway 11, Fair Play, SC 29643 United 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