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Scout Motors Selects South Carolina For Production Site; Plans To Create 4,000 Jobs

Mar 03, 2023 11:52AM ● By David Dykes

Scout Motors Inc. is establishing its first manufacturing plant in Blythewood, near Columbia, S.C., the Governor's Office said March 3, 2023.

At the Richland County site, the company will build all-electric, next-generation trucks and SUVs harkening back to the iconic Scout vehicles produced from 1960 to 1980. 

The company’s $2 billion investment has the potential to create 4,000 or more permanent jobs, the Governor's Office said. 

At full capacity, more than 200,000 Scout vehicles may be produced annually at the facility.

“Scout Motors will provide thousands of South Carolinians with previously unimagined opportunities and prosperity for generations to come,” Gov. Henry McMaster said. “The Palmetto State, with its rich history, superior people, and sterling automotive manufacturing reputation, is the perfect place to re-start this iconic American brand.”

The Governor's Office said Scout trucks and SUVs will be built on a newly designed all-electric platform that delivers credible capability and off-road prowess. 

With internal engineering focused on attributes including ground clearance, approach angles, robust axles, payload capacity, all-electric range and new digital features, Scout products will honor its heritage while injecting fresh American ingenuity to create a new era of iconic all-purpose vehicles.

“We’re honored to partner with South Carolina to usher in this new era for Scout,” said Scott Keogh, president and CEO of Scout Motors. “Scout has been an American icon since introducing an SUV in 1960. It's the vehicle that took your family on a camping trip, that gave access to the great outdoors, and that showed up on the job site every morning. Today, we’re reimagining Scout’s original ingenuity and electrifying its future. We’re bringing the Scout spirit to South Carolina and it's going to be a hell of a ride.”

The Blythewood Industrial Site, off Interstate 77, spans approximately 1,600 acres, with the plant itself occupying 1,100 acres. Vehicle production is targeted to begin by the end of 2026.

Scout Motors is an independent U.S. company, backed by Volkswagen Group, with an experienced board of directors, including Dr. Gernot Doellner, head of Group Strategy at Volkswagen AG, and Peter Bosch, member of the Bentley Motors Board for Manufacturing. 

Officials said Scout is evaluating the potential for outside investment. 

Those interested in joining Scout should go to readySC’s recruitment website to explore opportunities. 

Companies interested in becoming a supplier for the company should complete S.C. Commerce’s online interest form.