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Distribution & Logistics

When you consider York County is located in one of the fastest growing regions in the United States, it should come as no surprise that the transportation and warehousing industry is booming here. There are roughly 50 transportation, distribution and wholesale companies in York County employing nearly 4,300 people.

Companies such as Ross Stores, McKesson, Stanley Black & Decker, U.S. Foods, and FedEx and third-party logistic companies like DHL and Elite Logistix all have facilities here.  In total, there are over 8 M square feet of warehouse space in York County and it's growing.  These companies understand the advantage of locating in York County and the logistics hub that has emerged in the Charlotte region over the past 20 years.

York County features an extensive, reliable and convenient infrastructure network that includes 22 miles of interstate highway access along I-77, 20 miles distance to one of the nation's busiest international airports (CLT), an intermodal facility at CLT (20 miles), two Class I railroads operated by Norfolk Southern and CSX, and convenient access to the Port of Charleston (185 miles) – one of the nation’s largest sea ports. South Carolina employs more than 47,500 people in the distribution, warehousing, and logistics sector.

 
To download an Industry Report for Distribution & Logistics in the York County labor shed click here.

 

Industry Snapshot

York County Labor Shed U.S.
Average Wage $47,423 $44,948 $52,409
Employment 4,704 53,760 5,458,751
5 Year Average Annual Growth Rate 46.6% 75.9% 30.2%
Location Quotient 1.22 1.29 1.00

Source: Chmura Economics, JobsEQ; 2Q 2021

 

Training Programs and Other Industry Resources

York County — in partnership with readySC, York Technical College and our local high schools — is dedicated to working with our new and existing companies to ensure that our workforce is both highly skilled and ready to go. 

Rock Hill Applied Technology Center
The Material Handling & Logistics Program curriculum, offered by the Rock Hill Applied Technology Center is led by an Advisory Council of local transportation and logistics companies.  The program is centered on the principles of material handling, movement, warehouse storage, and control and protection of inventory. The program includes a warehouse work-based internship for credit and is designed to prepare high school students to become a Certified Logistics Associate upon graduation. 

Material Handling Institute
Headquartered in Charlotte, the Material Handling Institute is the nation's largest material handling, logistics and supply chain association. MHI offers education, networking and solution sourcing for members, their customers and the industry as a whole through programming and events.

The Material Handling Institute is headquartered in Charlotte, 5 miles from York County.

York Tech Truck Driving Program
York Technical College partners with area and national trucking companies to prepare candidates for a career in a leading industry. The program lasts 6 weeks and costs around $4,500.  Students spend a minimum of 16 hours behind the wheel and are taught as a group. This program provides job placement assistance and is certified/accredited by SCDOT.

SC Logistics Cluster
The South Carolina logistics industry better facilitate the flow of goods throughout a consumer market. It focuses on efficient transportation both of goods and of employees, and provides data to economic developers and companies considering a SC location. It allows the state and its localities to have a competitive edge. The national average salary for logisticians is $74,750. Job growth is projected to increase +5% from 2018 to 2028.

Who's Here

Account Name City Employees Primary Product or Service Website
Ross Stores, Inc - Distribution Fort Mill 2929 Distribution of Retail Clothing and Home Furnishings www.rossstores.com
US Foods, Inc Fort Mill 741 Distribution of Grocery and Food Products www.usfoods.com
Stanley Black & Decker - Distribution Fort Mill 391 Distribution of Tools and Household Products www.stanleyblackanddecker.com
West Marine Products, Inc. Rock Hill 350 Distribution of Boating and Water Sports Products www.westmarine.com
Broad River Furniture (Ashley Furniture) Fort Mill 289 Distribution of Ashley Furniture broad-river-furniture-corporate-office.business.site/
DHL Supply Chain Rock Hill 175 Warehouse and Supply Chain Management Services www.exel.com
Northern Tool + Equipment Distribution Fort Mill 160 Distribution of General Hardware www.northerntool.com
PFG Customized Distribution Rock Hill 155 Distribution of Food and Food Related Products to Restaurants www.pfgcdc.com
Legrand North America Fort Mill 146 Distribution of Electrical Components www.legrand.us
McKesson Medical Rock Hill 140 Distribution of Medical Surgical Supplies www.mckesson.com
P. Kaufmann, Inc Fort Mill 115 Distribution of Home Furnishing Textiles www.pkcontract.com
NFI Distribution Center Rock Hill 111 Third Party Logistics Provider for E-Commerce www.nfiindustries.com
TBK, Inc. (Fast Growing Trees) Fort Mill 110 Wholesale of Specialty Trees and Plants www.fast-growing-trees.com
Engine Power Source, Inc Rock Hill 104 New and Refurbished Engines www.enginepowersource.com
FedEx Ground Fort Mill 100 Warehouse and Shipping Operations www.fedex.com
Springs Creative Rock Hill 100 Creative and Technical Services for the Textile Industry www.springscreative.com
Samuel Packaging Systems Fort Mill 87 Manufacturer of Plastic Strapping www.samuel.com
Fresenius Medical Care West Willow, LLC Rock Hill 85 Distribution of Dialysis Equipment www.fmcna.com
B&B Distributors, Inc Rock Hill 83 Distribution of Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Beverages bbdistributors.net/
Tng Tools LLC Boiling Springs 80 Distribution of Magazines, Books and Other Printed Publications www.tng.com
Cardinal Health Fort Mill 75 Distribution of Medical and Surgical Supplies www.cardinalhealth.com
InterNET Services Corporation Fort Mill 69 Distribution of Inspirational Cassette Tapes and Videos www.internet-services.com/company.asp
Comer Distributing Company Rock Hill 68 Distribution of Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Beverages www.comerdistributing.com
United Refrigeration Rock Hill 65 Distribution of Heating and Air Conditioners www.ccdickson.com
Innova Champion Discs, Inc Rock Hill 52 Golf Discs, Targets and Bags www.innovadiscs.com
Victory Packaging Fort Mill 50 Distribution of Packaging Materials www.victorypackaging.com
Elite Logistix Rock Hill 45 Warehouse and Supply Chain Management Services www.elitelogistix.com
Coca-Cola Bottling Company Rock Hill 40 Distribution of Soft Drinks www.cokeconsolidated.com/
Composites One Rock Hill 40 Distribution of Composite Materials www.Compositesone.com
Custom Paper Tube, Inc York 36 Distribution of Paper Tube and Packaging
La-Z-Boy Distribution Rock Hill 34 Distribution of La-Z-Boy Furniture www.lazyboy.com/southeast
Eriks North America Rock Hill 30 Distribution of Fastners, Safety Equipment, Gaskets and Industrial Supplies, Industrial Hose www.eriksna.com
P. Kaufmann-Folia Div Fort Mill 30 Distribution of Home Furnishing Textiles www.pkcontract.com
C. R. Laurence Rock Hill 26 Distribution of Architectural Aluminum Products www.crlaurence.com
State Farm Distribution Center Rock Hill 24 Warehouse and Administrative Services www.statefarm.com/
Distribution Direct Rock Hill 22 Warehouse and Supply Chain Management Services www.distributiondirect.com
Frieling USA, Inc Fort Mill 16 Distribution of Kitchen Cookware www.frieling.com
Sunbelt Packaging, LLC York 16 Wholesale and Distribution of Thread and Packaging www.sunbeltpackagingllc.com
ESR Motor Systems, LLC Rock Hill 15 Distribution of Industrial Electric Motors and Drives www.esrmotors.com
Big Fireworks Fort Mill 15 Distribution of Fire Works www.bigfireworks.com
GreenLine Foods Rock Hill 10 Distribution of Grocery and Food Products www.greenlinebeans.com
Pepsi Bottling Group Rock Hill 10 Distribution of Soft Drinks www.pepsico.com/

Recent Announcements

  • State Farm Distribution Center announced an expansion in June 2016 that will lead to a $13.9 million capital investment.
     
  • Broad River Furniture announced plans for a new facility in March 2015 that will lead to 213 new jobs and a $12.6 million capital investment. Read more.
     
  • McKesson Medical announced plans for a new facility in April 2014 that will lead to 140 new jobs and a $27.5 million capital investment. Read more.
     
  • Ross Stores announced plans for a new facility in April 2012 that will lead to 600 new jobs and a $150 million capital investment. Read more.

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