Lancaster County, South Carolina has long been a productive setting for America’s manufacturers -- but today, local workers are focused on the future! Our communities are home to manufacturing facilities serving a wide range of industries, using state-of-the-art processes to enhance productivity and sharpen quality. Manufacturing employment represents 14% or 3,117 of all jobs in Lancaster County making it the county’s second largest business sector. Approximately 17.7% of the county’s employed residents work in manufacturing, which is higher than the statewide manufacturing employment rate of 14.7%.
For example, Lancaster County is home to sizeable manufacturing facilities for Cardinal Health, Keer America, Nutramax Laboratories, Oceana Gold, PCI Group and Rico Industries, among many others. From textiles to packaging to metal fabrication and pharmaceuticals, our workforce has the skills today’s precision manufacturing demands.
A major advantage for manufacturers is our area’s superior connectivity. When you receive materials or ship products by road, rail, air, or water, our transportation network keeps you connected to the Southeast, the nation, and the world. We’re well served by trucking companies, have mainline service from CSX and Norfolk Southern (plus a successful short line, the Lancaster & Chester), and are a short trip from Charlotte Douglas International Airport and four ocean ports.
“We produce advanced things in South Carolina, including pharmaceuticals and medical products. As a result, a burgeoning life sciences industry has developed within our borders, and the success of companies like Nutramax Laboratories is proof that this thriving sector will only continue to grow in our state."
–South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster
|Name||Product||# of Employees|
|Cardinal Health||Medical Kits||470|
|Oceana Gold/Haile Gold Mine||Mining||396|
|PCI Group||Mission Critical Documents||260|
|Arcosa Meyer Utility Structures||Utility Poles||200|
|Honeywell||Sensing & Motion Devices||160|
|Pattison Sign Group||Signs||133|
|Rico Industries||Sports Novelties||112|