Career Opportunities Abound in Greenville

Greenville's dynamic economy provides a wealth of career options.

By
Kevin Litwin
On Monday, October 26, 2020 - 13:59
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Greenville blends an ideal business environment with an outstanding quality of life, creating a dynamic and diverse economy that is creating high-skill, high-wage jobs.

In 2019, Greenville County attracted capital investment of nearly $402 million and announced 2,178 new high-paying jobs. From 2010 to 2018, more than 76 companies either opened new or expanded facilities or offices in Greenville County. Those announced investments totaled over $1.4 billion in capital investment and over 5,400 new jobs.

The industries are diverse, with 17 of 30 announcements in the region’s core manufacturing industries and the 13 others in IT, office, headquarters, sales or distribution/logistics, according to the Greenville Area Development Corp. Over half were expansions of existing business and many were international.

Globally Positioned

More than 40 Fortune 500 companies and 20 headquarters operations as well as 230 different international firms from 27 countries have a presence in Greenville County, which is generating career opportunities across a diverse selection of industries such as automotive production, aviation/ aerospace, advanced materials, biosciences, data centers, and distribution and logistics.

Inc. magazine in 2019 added Greenville to its second-annual Surge Cities list, a guide to the best 50 cities in the U.S. for starting a business.

Globally known companies, such as BMW Manufacturing, Lockheed Martin, General Electric, IBM, Michelin North America, TD Bank and Fluor, have found the region’s wealth of skilled talent, location advantage and infrastructure ideal for their operations.

Taking Flight

In 2020, developer Sudler Cos. announced Fox Hill Business Park, the first major Class A business and industrial park in Greenville County in nearly 20 years. The park will add up to 2.5 million square feet of Class A industrial and distribution space.

Lockheed-Martin, which has a 35-year history in Greenville, has begun production of the F-16 Fighting Falcon in Greenville.

F-16 tooling and equipment previously in Fort Worth, Texas, was installed in a refurbished hangar in Greenville, where the company manufactures F-16 Block 70 aircraft.

In July 2020, Aero Precision/Kellstrom Defense, a leading military aviation sustainment provider, announced it would establish operations in Greenville County. The company’s $1.2 million investment will create 21 new manufacturing jobs.

The region’s robust economy, access to talent and competitive advantages continue to draw new investment and expansion, including from international companies.

In June, AXISCADES, an India-based engineering solutions and product company, established operations in Greenville County, where it projects it will create 15 new jobs by 2021.

abatUS, a subsidiary of Bremen, Germany-based abat AG and sister company of Adah International, established operations in Greenville County to serve its expanding Southeast markets. The company’s $10 million investment is projected to create 35 new jobs.

Global Lending Services (GLS), an automotive lending company, announced plans in late 2019 to expand its operations in Greenville County, where it already employs 550 workers. The more than $4.2 million investment is expected to create 669 new jobs.

“Greenville has been a great home to GLS,” says Steve Thibodeau, the company’s CEO. “The city has provided a climate for tremendous growth for our organization. The talented workforce, along with the focus on automotive and consumer finance, has aligned well with our vision for GLS.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kevin Litwin is the author of Crazy Lucky Dead and a freelance feature writer with a career spanning more than 20 years.