Advanced Manufacturing in Horry County
Manufacturing in Horry County has seen tremendous growth in recent years, as companies continue to recognize the Myrtle Beach region as a premier destination for business. Our area’s well-trained workforce coupled with development programs dedicated to training the next generation of talent, make our region a competitive platform for global manufacturing companies. In 2017, Business Facilities ranked South Carolina a top 10 manufacturing state based on percentage of workers, a designation that helps attract manufacturing operations to our cities and counties.
Manufacturing by the Numbers
There are over 35 manufacturing companies in Horry County. Although not adding to the overall total, Ebtron’s expansion is the most recent manufacturing announcement in our region. The Loris-based company that introduced the first economically viable thermal dispersion airflow measuring device for HVAC applications added 100 new jobs and invested $2.54 million.
“We are excited and appreciative of the outstanding effort provided by the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation (MBREDC) over the past several years to keep our businesses in South Carolina and specifically Horry County. We are also very grateful of the support from our local community and elected officials that have supported our effort to remain in the County. We look forward to continued growth and community service in our great county.” – Dave Dougan, President, Ebtron
The manufacturing industry employs more than 3,500, and by 2020, it’s expected that number will grow to nearly 4,900. The average salary in manufacturing is $42,000.
Workforce and Area Development Programs
Three colleges and universities and five technical schools comprise the Horry County labor shed. Each year, these institutions award 2,100 bachelor’s degrees, 180 master’s degrees, 1,300 associate’s degrees, and 1,400 technical certificates. Workforce development programs in machine operations, C&C welding, robotics, and engineering also help train and ready potential talent for manufacturing jobs throughout Horry County and Myrtle Beach.
- Through a $2 million grant provided by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration, Horry Georgetown Technical College recently constructed a new building dedicated to advanced manufacturing training. The building and its operations will create 248 jobs, save 40 jobs, and generate nearly $15 million in private investment.
- The Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing & Technology (SiMT) provides training for employees in a 3D virtual reality environment that helps reduce expenses and exposure to accidents. Using SiMT technology brings products to market faster through the largest 3D printing capabilities in the Southeast.