Target Industries


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 more than 50 transportation, distribution and wholesale companies in York County employing over 2,500 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 the nation's 6th busiest international airport (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.


Industry Snapshot

York County Labor Shed U.S.
Average Wage $45,070 $50,418 $48,471
Employment 2,858 21,372 2,679,045
% Employment Change ('12 - '15) 90.60% 22.00% 12.40%
Location Quotient 1.71 1.01 1

Source: Chmura Economics, JobsEQ; 2015

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 $3,700.  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 $74,260. The job growth rate is +2%.

Who's Here

Company Name City Employees NAICS Description Website
Ross Stores, Inc Fort Mill 924 Other Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
US Foods, Inc Fort Mill 735 Other Grocery and Related Products Merchant Wholesalers
West Marine Rock Hill 300 Boat Dealers
Northern Tool + Equipment, Inc Fort Mill 300 Hardware Stores
Stanley Black & Decker Fort Mill 270 Hardware Merchant Wholesalers
Broad River Furniture Fort Mill 200 Furniture Stores
DHL Supply Rock Hill 166 Freight Transportation Arrangement
PFG Customized Distribution Rock Hill 155 Wholesale Trade Agents and Brokers
McKesson Medical Rock Hill 140 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
TNG Fort Mill 135 General Freight Trucking, Local
P. Kaufmann, Inc Fort Mill 115 Piece Goods, Notions, and Other Dry Goods Merchant Wholesalers
Internet Services Corporation Fort Mill 110 Other Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
FedEx Ground Fort Mill 100 General Freight Trucking, Local
Samuel Strapping Systems Fort Mill 87 All Other Miscellaneous Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Fresenius Medical Care Rock Hill 85 Kidney Dialysis Centers
Cardinal Health Fort Mill 75 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
B&B Distributors, Inc Rock Hill 68 Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers
United Refrigeration Rock Hill 65 Warm Air Heating and Air-Conditioning Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
Anderson Hydra Platforms York 54 Construction, Mining, and Forestry Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing
Comer Distributing Company Rock Hill 51 Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers

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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