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State of the Upstate

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Growing Senior Population Poses Transportation Challenges

Older South Carolinians overwhelmingly prefer to stay in their homes and communities as they age.

Counties Hot on the Trail(s)

If streets really were paved with gold, South Carolina legislators likely wouldn’t have raised the gas tax 12 cents a gallon over six years to generate $600 million a year to finance infrastructure improvements. At the same time, though, some Greenville County municipalities see another road toward the state’s chronic pain in the asphalt: trails.

Infrastructure Projects Critical For Continued Logistics Success

South Carolina’s economy is booming thanks to international trade. For the eighth consecutive year, the state has set a record for total export sales. 2017 export sales totaled $32.2 billion, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, and represents a 2.9 percent increase over the 2016 total. Export destinations reached more than 190 countries with China, Canada, Germany, and Mexico as the top 2017 export markets. Top export commodities for 2017 were vehicles, aircraft, machinery, rubber, and electrical machinery.

High-Speed Rail Inches Forward

Leon Stavrinakis hopes persistence will eventually pay off when it comes to advancing South Carolina’s prospects for some type of high-speed rail. The Charleston attorney and member of the S.C. House of Representatives has introduced a bill for three consecutive sessions that would create a state High Speed Rail System Commission. He believes there is a need for such a system in the state.

Upstate Overview: Curing Congestion - On the Road To Better Mobility

When it comes to planes, trains, and automobiles, South Carolina boasts ample infrastructure: airports, seaports, and inland ports; rail lines; and more road mileage per capita than any other state. That’s not the problem. The Upstate’s predicament, a new study says, is popularity—with a contagious side effect: congestion.

UNION COUNTY: Standard Textile

But in the last 13 years, Standard Textile has not only been one of Union County’s most solid textile businesses, it has recently entered a new phase that promises more jobs, more expansion, and much more production for a long time to come.

SPARTANBURG COUNTY: adidas

Each year some 300 employees and 2,300 contractors ship 55 million pairs of shoes and 65 million units of apparel—about 80 percent of adidas’s North American sales and 20 percent of the global output.

PICKENS COUNTY: Abbott

The plant employs more than 500 individuals to cover all its functions. Employees work in manufacturing operations, engineering, quality control, supply chain, IT, research and development, and administrative positions.

OCONEE COUNTY: Borg Warner

Since a late-2015 expansion of the plant, they’ve increased their workforce from 650 to more than 900 employees.

LAURENS COUNTY: ZF Transmissions

In only four years, ZF has invested more than $600 million in the Gray Court plant. The facility has expanded to more than 1.4 million square feet and grown from 450 employees to more than 2,400.

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