Where Automotive Leaders Call Home

In addition to this momentous development, Dorchester County and the Charleston region are already home to a number of automotive suppliers that make the area an ideal location for auto-related industrial development. Cummins, a Charleston County manufacturer of turbochargers is one of the many companies in the area that contributes to this growing cluster.

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Fast Facts

  • In terms of employment, the automotive industry is the Dorchester County's leading industry cluster.
  • Automotive companies have access to South Carolina's network of more than 200 automotive suppliers.
  • Over the next several years, hybrid and fuel-efficiency will drive the automotive industry
  • The industry is projected to average an annual industry growth rate of 5% through 2016

Who's Already Here

Industry Spotlight: Robert Bosch Corporation

Dorchester County has been anchored by the Robert Bosch Corporation since 1974, and is the County’s largest, private employer. As a longtime veteran of the area, the Dorchester County plant was the first, large manufacturing site for Bosch in North America. With a growing workforce of over 2,000, the Bosch plant is primarily in the diesel, gasoline, and chassis systems businesses, manufacturing clean diesel injection products; unit injection products; gasoline, port, and direct fuel injection systems; antilock braking; and electronic stability control products. From first beginnings to present-day, the Bosch plant has grown substantially with measurable output.