Cutting Edge Bioscience Destination

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 turbo chargers is one of the many companies in the area that contributes to this growing cluster.

Fast Facts

  • The Charleston Region is one of six emerging medium-sized U.S. regions for the medical device industry.
  • In 2011, The Medical University of South Carolina alone conducted $243,000,000 in annual research.
  • The industry is expected to experience strong growth with average annual revenue growth rates of 9.6%.
  • In 2011, The WSJ named Charleston as the #1 US Metro for Growth in College Degrees over the past 10 years.

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Industry Spotlight: ArborGen

With a footing in the Lowcountry since 2000, and a move to Dorchester County in 2010, ArborGen is the largest global producer of tree seedlings in the world. Utilizing the best science combined with an unmatched knowledge of forestry, ArborGen strives to produce purpose-grown trees to maximize resources and conserve the world’s native forests. ArborGen’s workforce consists of foresters, scientists, biologists, conservationists, tree farmers, and researchers that work together to grow 300 million seedlings globally each year. With the company’s corporate headquarters located right here in Dorchester County, international locations include Australia, Brazil, and New Zealand. With a $14.3 million investment to build ArborGen’s global headquarters, the biotech company’s state-of-the-art facility is complete with laboratories, production and administrative areas, and a 35,000-square-foot greenhouse.