The counties of Aiken, Edgefield, McCormick, and Saluda on South Carolina’s western edge are particularly attractive for industries seeking small town charm with big city resources. These advantages allow many different types of industries to thrive in this region. 

While nearly any business will find South Carolina’s Western Region an ideal location, our area’s resources and current business base are particularly well-suited for several industries: advanced manufacturing, chemicals, plastics, energy research, food processing, and research and development.

You’ll find the common expectations of those industries — a skilled workforce, access to technical education, abundant utility capacity, and supportive local government — are a way of life here. Plus, our business community is friendly and cooperative and ready to share knowledge that improves everyone’s ability to succeed.

Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced Manufacturing businesses are particularly well-suited for this region, given the skilled labor and cooperative business community.


The chemical industry is at the root of every product and process in the business world. Our region’s extensive resources help shape the chemical industry and fix the challenges that come with it.


Ensuring maximum security through cyberspace operations remains one of our top priorities in our region. We strive to provide your company with optimal security so they can expand exponentially.

Energy Research

If your organization is focused on energy research or practical applications of new developments, our region gives you access to some of the world’s most innovative minds.

Food Processing

Dependability is important to us. With our region's existing workforce, new food processing companies will be met with open arms and all the necessary resources to thrive financially.


The plastic industry is one that will continue to prosper given the consistent demand for plastics. Our region is well equipped to keep plastic industries growing.

Research & Development

Our region recognizes the importance of research and development industries and continues to support these businesses with resources that help the industry move forward.

Available Sites & Buildings

If you’re thinking about bringing your business to South Carolina’s Western region, we’re ready to accommodate you with a broad variety of existing facilities and ready-to-build sites.


The highly skilled workforce in Western SC’s region is ready to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing economy because of the emphasis on education.