Having persuaded two large Japanese multinationals to establish operations in the community, Greenwood County in South Carolina has strengthened its case as an ideal investment location, whether they be from Japan or elsewhere.

Generating over $1.14 billion worth of investment and 1,142 jobs since 2013, Greenwood County provides investors with abundant water supply, ample building sites and good infrastructure. 

“Our business-friendly environment and high utility capacities have been instrumental in attracting large international companies,” Greenwood Partnership Alliance CEO Heather Jones said.

Since moving to Greenwood County in 1988, Fujifilm Manufacturing USA has spent a total of $2 billion to improve its operations. Moreover, in time to mark its 30th anniversary this year, the Japanese affiliate announced a new $3.9 million expansion of its local facility.

Fujifilm’s presence in Greenwood County has spurred the steady growth of the community, which influenced another Japanese company, Teijin Carbon Fibers, to build a new $600 million carbon fiber production facility. This was the largest single investment in South Carolina in 2016.

“We are very appreciative of the positive impact Fujifilm and Teijin have on the community. Greenwood is happy to be their home, and we are dedicated to supporting them as they continue to grow their U.S. operations in the future,” Jones said.