The Lancaster County Economic Development Corporation
Located just south of Charlotte, NC, Lancaster County is one of the fastest growing communities in the Southeastern U.S. for new business and industry.The Lancaster County Economic Development Corporation is a 501 C4 non-profit corporation charged with the mission of recruiting new business and industry to Lancaster County and working with existing industry to ensure their success. In 2014, the LCEDC was instrumental in bringing more than $600 million in new investment and creation of over 1,300 jobs to Lancaster County. Over the past 2 years, the LCEDC has been instrumental in creating more than $850 million in new investment and creation of more than 3,800 jobs.
Our location, business-friendly tax structure, incentives, and most importantly our workforce are the major reasons for our success. The County ranks 21st in size among South Carolina’s 46 counties, but since 2006, Lancaster County ranks among the Top 5 counties in South Carolina for job creation with more than 7,500 jobs created and we are ranked in the Top 15 in new investment with more than $700 million invested in new office, industrial, and distribution projects. We are a prime location for the following sectors:
Our County has a long history of success in manufacturing but over the past decade Lancaster County has been a prime location in the Charlotte Region for new headquarters, back office, and technology companies including:
- Red Ventures: One of the leading internet sales and technology companies in the world, RV has its headquarters and back office operations in Northern Lancaster County employing more than 2,000 workers.
- Continental Tire the Americas: The headquarters for Continental Tire the Americas is located in Northern Lancaster County and employs more than 400 local residents.
- URS Nuclear: One of the top nuclear engineering companies in the world, URS placed a regional back office center in Northern Lancaster County connecting it to the energy cluster of companies in the Charlotte Region.
- The Inspiration Networks (INSP): Located in Northern Lancaster County with more than 200 employees, INSP has invested in a $100 million campus that serves as the global headquarters of this religious and entertainment broadcasting company.
- Alemite, Kennametal, Honeywell, Founders Federal Credit Union, TriNet SOI, and more than a dozen other companies have back office or headquarters locations in Lancaster County.
Long a leader in the Southeast in manufacturing textiles, Lancaster County has diversified its manufacturing base over the past 10 years to include high-tech manufacturing in a number of different sectors separate from textiles including commercial products, machining, nutraceuticals, food products, defense, mining, and the auto industry. Those companies include:
- Procter & Gamble – Duracell: Duracell has been manufacturing in Lancaster County for more than 35 years. Its more than 400 workers produce more than 7 billion “AA” batteries annually – all of the “AA” batteries in North America.
- AkzoNobel: A global leader in several markets, the Lancaster AkzoNobel facility manufactures paint film used in a number of applications.
- Nutramax Laboratories: Nutramax relocated to Lancaster County in 2010 and continues to grow its business here. With an existing investment of more than $26 million and more than 200 jobs created to date, Nutramax is a leader in both pet and human glucosamine and condroitinnutraceutical products.
- Pattison Sign Group: Located in Heath Springs, SC, the Pattison Sign Group employs more than 150 local workers. The company is one of the leading retail-commercial sign manufacturers in the U.S. with customers that include Ford, GM, Honda, and several other Fortune 1000 companies.
- Thomas & Betts: One of the leading manufacturers of steel utility poles in North America, Thomas & Betts continues to grow in Lancaster County. The company has increased its workforce from 75 to more than 225 the past 3 years and continues to invest in its Elgin based facility.
- Haile Gold Mine/Romarco Minerals: Gold mining was one of Lancaster County’s first industries dating back to the 1830s. Today Haile Gold Mine is seeking permits to reopen one of the oldest gold mines in North America. Once permitted, the gold mine will invest more than $350 million in Lancaster County and create more than 500 construction jobs and 300 permanent jobs in the Kershaw community.
- Fancy Pokket: A leader in baked good production in Canada, Fancy Pokket is currently under construction on a 58,000 sf bakery in the new Lancaster Air-Rail Business Park. Investing more than $13 million and creating more than 65 jobs, this bakery will be one of the largest gluten-free bakeries in North America when it opens its doors in early 2015.
- Keer America: Currently under construction, KeerAmerica, is bringing textiles back to a community which enjoyed great success in the textile industry for the past 120 years. Keer will invest $218 million and create more than 500 jobs in a new yarn spinning plant that will begin production in early 2015.
- McClancy Seasoning, Fab Fours, Industrial Manufacturing Services (IMS), Silgan Containers, Rico Tag, and Cardinal Health are part of the more than 50 manufacturing companies that call Lancaster County home.
Lancaster County has been successful the past decade in diversifying its industrial and business base due to several factors including:
- Pro-business environment that partners with our new and existing business and industry to keep fees and taxes low and a high-level, responsive customer service philosophy.
- Incentive policies that reward not only new companies moving in but we also provide strong incentives to our existing industry.
- The County has invested in new industrial parks and infrastructure to make our County more attractive to new industry and to make it cost effective for existing industry to expand. The Lancaster County Air-Rail Business Park is the newest industrial park in the County offering more than 600 available acres with access to rail and nearby Interstate 77 as well as the 6,004-foot Lancaster County Airport.
- Infrastructure is a key to our success as well with access to the Lancaster & Chester Railroad - one of the top short line railroads in the nation; access within 30-minutes to less than an hour to Charlotte Douglas International Airport – the world’s sixth largest airport; and the County is within 30 minutes to 1 hour of five major interstates – I-77, I-85, I-40, I-20, I-26, and I-95.
- A great Quality of Life allows the employees and management of our new and existing companies to enjoy all of the amenities of a major metropolitan area in Charlotte along with the attributes and charm of a southern community. With over 25 new housing developments, available farmland, lake communities, and rustic and historic home communities. Lancaster County also has a little something for everyone when it comes to access to entertainment and cultural activities, and nature itself with many parks, the Catawba River, and historic sites throughout the County and region.
Contact us today to learn more about our community and how we can partner with you to make your business or industry successful in the Charlotte Region and Lancaster County, South Carolina.
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Three Distinct Geographic Areas
Lancaster County is one of the best places in the nation to locate a business. Many industries are already familiar with the benefits of doing business in Lancaster County.
Because our location is one of the fastest growing areas, the county has attracted manufacturers, executives and scientists in diverse fields. Click below to learn more about each respective area. Learn more
Indian Land and the Charlotte Metro Area
Northern Lancaster County, including Indian Land, is part of the Charlotte metropolitan area. US Highway 521 connects this part of the county to Charlotte, the prestigious Ballantyne area and Interstate 485.
This section of Lancaster County is home to several corporate office parks, Class A industrial parks and corporate headquarters.
City of Lancaster and the SC Highway 9 Corridor
The City of Lancaster is one of South Carolina's most historic towns and exhibits an outstanding quality of life. The central part of Lancaster County has an excellent transportation network consisting of SC highway 9, a 4-lane divided highway, connecting the city to Interstate 77, 10 miles to the west, and US 521, a 4-lane divided highway, connecting the city to Charlotte and Interstate 485, 25 miles to the north.
The Town of Heath Springs and The Town of Kershaw
Southern Lancaster County is home to the Town of Heath Springs and the Town of Kershaw. Both have unique small town charm and flavor and are surrounded by farms, pine forests and large expanses of undeveloped property. US Highway 521 connects this area of the county to the city of Lancaster, SC, Highway 9, interstate 77 to the west and interstate 20 to the south in Camden, SC.
Where Is Lancaster County?
Lancaster County is a proud member of the Charlotte, NC region. Lancaster County, SC is strategically located within 25 miles of 7 major industry sector clusters including the new energy capital, defense/aerospace, automotive, finance, tire manufacturing, distribution and executive corporate headquarters. View Map
South Carolina was ranked 2011's Top State for Business Climate by Site Selector Magazine. South Carolina has one of the lowest corporate income tax rates in the nation as well as low unionization levels. South Carolina has gained recognition by site selectors as pro business by offering free training to employees from ReadySC. View Map
Lancaster County is one of the most unique locations for business in the southeastern United States. Located 25 minutes from the City Center of Charlotte, NC, Lancaster County has 14 industrial parks with more than 5,000 available acres in close proximity to Charlotte-Douglas Airport, Interstates 77, 85, 485 and rail service provided by CSX, Norfolk-Southern and the Lancaster & Chester Railway. View Map