At this point in time, it is safe to say that the American auto industry has made a successful comeback after the disastrous 2008 recession. Over the past few years, we’ve seen record sales across the board for all auto companies. In addition, foreign manufacturers continue to make investments in building facilities here in the U.S.
The Carolinas are two of the industry’s favorite states to set up business and 2013 has been a great year for both South and North Carolina. Here’s a rundown of the auto industry in South Carolina:
- South Carolina has been home to auto related industries since the 1900s, when Milliken & Company manufactured fabric for the seats and roofs of Henry Ford’s automobiles.
- As of 2013, South Carolina is home to over 250 automotive manufacturing facilities, suppliers and other auto related companies.
- South Carolina is home to the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR),
- Recent auto related announcements over the summer include:
- Daimler Vans Manufacturing Expanding in Charleston County, SC — $4.6 million investment
- Crown Group (Automotive coating supplier) Opens New Plant in Greenville County, SC — $5.4 million investment
- Weber Automotive (Vehicle components supplier) Establishes New Facility in Charleston County, SC — $51 million investment
And in North Carolina, the automotive scene is no different. Here are some of the facts for the state:
- More than 160 motor vehicle parts manufacturers employ more than 17,000 North Carolinians.
- There are over 26,000 people are employed in engineering fields in North Carolina
- North Carolina is home to 34 of the top 150 North American Automotive OEM parts suppliers. And 19 of those have more than one facility in the state.
- Recently, North Carolina ranked 10th among all states in total automotive cluster employment according to the Harvard Business School Cluster Mapping Project.
- Recent auto news from the state includes:
- Nussbaum Automotive Solutions has announced the grand opening of their 60,000 sq. ft. manufacturing plant located in Gastonia, NC.
- NC Governor Pat McCrory said recruiting an auto manufacturer is one of his top priorities.
With the increase in American technology and automation, it is very likely that there will be an increase in the number of automotive facilities and ancillary businesses locating in either South or North Carolina. This is good news for the state and for businesses that support this vital American industry. Carolina Scales is proud to be part of this industrial progress moving our state and economy forward.