Florence County Economic Development Partnership on LinkedIn: South Carolina: Launching a Legacy (2024)

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South Carolina: Launching a LegacyJanuary 2024 ushered in a new era for South Carolina's economic development strategy. To build upon decades of economic development achievement while aligning the state for long-term competitiveness, the South Carolina Department of Commerce unveiled its new brand and tagline, "Launch to Legacy" during the first-ever Governor's Economic Summit.An EVolving Automotive IndustryThe southern region of the United States is known as the battery belt – with South Carolina often referred to as the “buckle.” It is one of only a few states to have every phase of the battery lifecycle. Close proximity to battery suppliers helps drive investment interest from automotive companies needing a manufacturing home for their EV sectors. Positioned halfway between New York and Miami and within 1,000 miles of nearly 70 percent of the total U.S. population, South Carolina’s location helps companies provide electric vehicles to the world.In December 2022, AESC, a world-leading battery technology company, announced it was bringing 1,170 jobs to Florence County. Through an $810 million investment, the company is establishing operations and planning to supply battery cells to be used in electric vehicles produced at BMW Plant Spartanburg. One year later, and six months after the company broke ground, AESC announced an additional $810 million investment and 450 more jobs.The company grew its intended investment by $1.5 billion in March 2024, announcing plans for a second EV battery manufacturing facility to supply EV battery components for BMW Group’s Mexico assembly operations. The additional facility will create 1,080 new jobs. In total, AESC has committed a capital investment of $3.12 billion, supporting 2,700 new jobs.https://lnkd.in/g_z7QPRf

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