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International Investment in Spartanburg County: By the Numbers

Published Monday, February 3, 2020 9:30 am
by Zach Fox

The level of international investment in Spartanburg County is almost astounding. Great Britain. Japan. Canada. Germany. Belgium. Each of these countries – and many more – are well-represented in Spartanburg County’s economic well-being.

Since BMW Manufacturing Co. opened Plant Spartanburg more than 25 years ago, the floodgates have remained open and investment from all across the globe has poured in. Spartanburg County is now home to more than 200 international companies employing tens of thousands of workers.

The abundance of international business countywide led Spartanburg’s International Free Trade Zone to be ranked the #5 Free Trade Zone in the U.S.

“Spartanburg County’s economy is hugely bolstered by international investment, with companies from across the globe employing residents here. Spartanburg is home to a large concentration of highly-skilled workers with architectural and engineering talent,” said Chief Economic Development Officer Katherine O’Neill. “There are mechatronic specialists, metal workers, machinists, and more, all filling a pipeline of workers bolstered by the area’s workforce development programs and colleges and universities.”

As Upstate Alliance SC notes, area companies benefit from one of the most reputable technical college systems in the country and nationally recognized state workforce training programs, readySC and Apprenticeship Carolina.

Spartanburg’s International Investment By the Numbers

$77,079,317:  In 2019 alone, $77,079,317 in investment came from international businesses

194: There are a total of 194 sites in Spartanburg County where international companies do business each day.

68:  Spartanburg is home to more than 69 German companies, including DAA Draxlmaier Automotive of America, ThyssenKrupp, Adidas America, Inc., and of course, BMW Manufacturing.

14:  Fourteen Japanese companies call Spartanburg County home, including AFL Communications, KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA, XYTEL, Inc., and Toray Carbon Fibers America, Inc.


A total of 12 companies from the United Kingdom, including Santasalo Gears Inc., Sunbelt Rentals, Alfred H. Knight USA, and Synthomer USA, LLC.

A dozen Canadian companies have a presence in Spartanburg, including Bausch&Lomb, Global Transplant Solutions, Inc., and Magna International, which has two locations in Spartanburg County.

Another dozen Swiss companies have operations in Spartanburg, including Graf Metallic America Inc., Holcim (US), Inc. – Spartanburg, and Scharer Schweiter Mettler Corp.

10:  Italy has 10 companies with operations in Spartanburg, including Ritrama, Inc., Advanced Ceramic Coatings, LLC., and Marzoli International, Inc.

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