With access to a workforce of more than 400,000 people within the labor draw area, Pickens County companies have an ample labor pool from which to draw.  It is a diverse workforce - comprised of workers skilled in advanced manufacturing techniques in industries ranging from metalworking and automotive to fibers and implanted cardio defibrillators.


In addition to the availability of Pickens County's highly-skilled workforce, local companies have access to an additional 400,000 potential employees within county's labor draw area.


The affordability of Pickens County's local workforce offers companies a competitive advantage.


There are no manufacturing labor unions in Pickens County and its status as a right-to-work state makes South Carolina's unionization rate one of the lowest in the country. 

Major Employers

Pickens County has a diverse business and industry community. Major employers in the county include manufacturers, universities and retailers.

Scholar Technician

In Pickens County, we are developing a new type of student, the Scholar Technician, who not only excels in the classroom, but is also learning and developing the technical skills required in today's advanced manufacturing environment.


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