Market Segments

Alliance Pickens is focused on matching the needs of prospective companies with the stengths and assets of Pickens County.

To that end, these target industries outlined below represent those determined to benefit most from Pickens County's business friendly environment, skilled workforce, technical training programs, high quality of life, and the many other strategic advantages of doing business in the region.


Located in the center of the Southeast’s automotive hub, Pickens County and the surrounding region have a thriving and expanding automotive economy. Seeded by major area plant locations by Michelin and BMW, the area has attracted more than 150 automotive suppliers. One of the area's largest automotive suppliers is Yokohama Industries Americas, Inc. which is located in Easley, a supplier of power steering assemblies.

The Clemson University Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) has greatly increased the automotive R&D capacity in our region of South Carolina. This unique center is a tremendous asset to the local automotive industry and CU-ICAR is a major reason Clemson University is recognized among the Top 10 Automotive Colleges and Universities in the U.S.

Plastics and Metal Working

In excess of 245 plastics manufacturers have facilities in the Pickens County area. The leading plastics manufacturer in Pickens County is Wilbert Plastics Services, a thermoplastic injection molder of a variety of products from automotive components to power tools.

In Pickens County alone, there are more than 1,150 metal workers in precision machining, stamping, die casting, plating and CNC applications. Sauer-Danfoss, a manufacturer of precision-machined hydraulic control valves is located in Easley.

Advanced Manufacturing

Pickens County is home to a diverse community of advanced manufacturers ranging from St. Jude Medical, a worldwide leader in the production of medical devices to JR Automation, a firm that utilizes robotics and other automation technology to meet the unique manufacturing needs of their customers.

Just as in the automotive industry, Clemson University is a driving force in the area of advanced manufacturing.  The Clemson Institute for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing (CIAM2) is a partnership between Clemson University, other universities and nonprofit organizations, industry and government.

Biotech/Pharmaceutical and Research and Development

Clemson University in Pickens County has been the catalyst of the area’s focus on these important sectors. Clemson is committed to top tier research and programs for developing new products. From discovering the molecular connection between dietary fat and breast cancer to devising longer lasting knee implants, to development of the International Automotive Research Center, Clemson exhibits its ability and desire to assist primary research and product development.

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