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Upstate Automotive Industry

More than 150 automotive-related companies have chosen Upstate South Carolina for its progressive business climate, dynamic workforce and research partnerships. As a long-standing leader in automotive manufacturing and research, Upstate SC continues to leverage its resources to provide a more fertile environment for the industry.

Located in the northwestern corner of South Carolina, the Upstate is strategically positioned between two of the largest cities in the Southeastern United States - Charlotte and Atlanta - and provides an unmatched quality of life to its 1.3 million residents.

Highlighted Automotive Companies

   BMW Manufacturing employs over 7,000 people in Upstate SC to produce the X3 and X5 Sports Activity Vehicle and the X6 Sports Activity Coupe. To date, BMW has invested well over $4 billion in Upstate South Carolina.
Michelin's presence in the Upstate started in 1973 with its first United States production location. Since then Michelin has established multiple Upstate locations, including its North American headquarters, research facility and test track.
ZF, one of the 10 largest automotive suppliers worldwide, announced in 2010 that it would increase its presence in South Carolina by adding a $350 million manufacturing facility in the Upstate to produce fuel-efficient automatic transmissions for the passenger car and light truck market.


Entire listing of Automotive-related suppliers in South Carolina