South Carolina gained 1,967 jobs from Sept. 2012 to Sept. 2013, a 1 percent increase, according to Manufacturers’ News, which publishes industrial directories and databases. That’s slightly lower than the previous year’s increase of 2.3 percent.
Most of the growth comes in the Upstate, which saw its own 1.5 percent increase. Greenville remains the leader in manufacturing employment.
Jobs came from initiatives including The Crown Group’s new auto parts plant and expansions at BMW, BorgWarner, ZF Transmissions and the recently announced planned expansion at the Fitesa textile plant. Elsewhere in the state are planned expansions at Boeing in North Charleston, and new plants for Coroplast Tape Corp. in York County and Ithaca Gun Company in Aynor.
Also notable was the spate of firearms manufacturers in recent months that announced plans to move to or expand in South Carolina, promising 400 jobs altogether. The last, American Tactical Imports, announced last month that it would relocate from Rochester, N.Y.
Industrial machinery and equipment are the biggest sector, but manufacturing of furniture and fixtures, chemicals, food products, and rubber and plastics also saw gains during the period.
Manufacturers’ News also reported that transportation equipment has continued gains, with employment climbing 4.2 percent over the year. That sector ranks second in the state for industrial employment, employing 32,813 people.
The year also saw industrial closures including Pexco’s extruded sheet products plant in West Columbia; Covidien’s medical device facility in Seneca; and a Mohawk Industries location in Calhoun Falls.