In a collaborative effort with my new Twitter friend @USALoveList, I am presenting my 10 favorite Made In South Carolina products. This is not a Top 10 because that would be judgmental, and there are so many great products in South Carolina. While not the manufacturing giant of the USA, South Carolina offers many great products and businesses.The first product you will find in South Carolina is happiness on vacation. With destinations like Myrtle Beach, the Grand Strand, Charleston, Hilton Head and so many more, South Carolina excels in making and keeping people happy. There are so many examples of businesses that make people happy here from hundreds of golf courses, mini golf, sixty miles of white sands beaches in the Grand Strand alone, hotels, rentals, camping, fishing, boating, and thousands of unique restaurants, it is difficult to narrow down one business representative of this happy state. The Hammock Shop (Video ) is one business that represents the relaxation expected of a great American vacation. You can read more about the Hammock Shop at their web site, and note the location is Pawley’s Island, at the South end of the Grand Strand. Begin to understand the Made In South Carolina Happiness at Visit Myrtle Beach website.BMW, Spartanburg SC, (Video ) is the sole global producer of the X3 Sports Activity Vehicle, X5 SportsActivity Vehicle, X5 M Sports Activity Vehicle, X5 xDrive 35d (Advanced Diesel Vehicle), X6 Sports Activity Coupe, X6 M Sports Activity Vehicle, and the Active Hybrid X6 . The BMW supplier network includes 170 different companies from the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. While not 100% of the components are made in the USA, 100% are Made In America, (North America to be Specific). BMW announced on 1/12/2012 that the company will invest nearly $900 million U.S. dollars and add 300 new jobs in 2012 in its South Carolina plant. This announcement was made during a ceremony to commemorate a major production milestone – 2,000,000 BMW vehicles have rolled off the assembly line since the company began U.S. production in 1994.R.Hanauer Mens Accessories , Bow Ties, (Video ) are sold at Craig Reagin Clothiers in Lexington, SC, with the R. Hanauer Bow Ties, cummerbund sets, and D-ring belts made to order at the R. Hanauer workshop in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Craig Reagin Clothiers feature preppy-southern dress for the southern gentlemen and free shipping within the USA via Craig Reagin Clothiers website, including R.Hanauer accessories.MichelinTires has facilities at Anderson, Lexington, Greenville, and more in South Carolina (Video ). As demand for its passenger tires in NorthAmerica continues to grow, Michelin is investing another $200million in its Lexington, S.C., facility to further expand its tire building capacity. The tire maker has already invested more than $1 billion in the site since it was first established in 1981. Michelin is an important part of the Midlands of South Carolina and continues to prove that Made In America, South Carolina is important.Hemingway Apparel produces the UWEARUSA apparel brand, which is comfortable outerwear and underwear for men and women. Their apparel is made of the highest quality, a well known trait of US made items in years gone by. Hemingway Apparel brings back, quality, durability, and pride in the American worker and their ability. Hemingway Apparel has been in the apparel industry for 30 years and intends to provide American made products via the Hemingway Apparel web site. Their products are 100% Made in the USA. Hemingway Apparel believes in American Workers and wishes to contribute their part in helping put America back to work.North Star Leather Products, Ruby SC, (Video ) have been making quality American Made Leather Products in the USA since 1969. North Star Leather Products specialize in American Made leather wallets, leather handbags, leather checkbooks, leather police products, uniform items and much more. You will love their many styles of American made leather cases and accessories.
Wood products abound in South Carolina, and Flakeboard America, of Bennettsville SC, is a private company categorized under manufacturers incorporated in South Carolina. Current estimates show that Flakeboard has an annual revenue of $100 to 500 million and employs a staff of approximately 100 to 249 employees. Flakeboard America offers Premier®MDF manufactured in Bennettsville, South Carolina, USA.
The South is the land of cotton, so it stands to reason that fabrics and other cotton products would be found in South Carolina. Peace Paper (Video ) at the Hagood Mill, South Carolina continues a tradition of making paper by hand that has been used for over two thousand years. Peace Paper works to empower communities by engaging in collaborative art processes addressing peaceful reconciliation and positive forward thinking. Through paper, writing, book, and printmaking activities, Peace Paper works together to transform significant articles of clothing into works of art.
Charleston Tea Plantation (Video ) is the home of American Classic Tea, tea grown in America. Charleston Tea Plantation is located on picturesque Wadmalaw Island in the heart of South Carolina's Lowcountry. Its grounds include 127 acres of Camellia Sinensis tea plants, a working tea factory and a charming Plantation Gift Shoppe. The Tea plants date back to 1888, as cuttings of the original plants are exactly the same as the donor plant. Also available to guests of the Charleston Tea Plantation is an adventurous and educational trolley tour that explores the scenic grounds that produce American Classic Tea.
South Carolina is a manufacturers dream with absolutely wonderful weather, a fantastic growing season, ready and willing work force, and plenty of activities for the working people of South Carolina. Other industries in South Carolina have to be mentioned because they are no less important than those featured. Boeing 787 Dreamliner; Peaches; GE Wind Energy; Pharmaceuticals; DAK Americas; American Light Bulb, Mullins (90% materials USA); Custom Printed Fabrics; Tara Grinna Swimwear; Integra Fabrics, Loris; Milliken Carpet, Spartanburg; and so many more.