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Existing Industries

Building on a Strong Foundation.

With more than 100 manufacturing operations across Sumter County, representing more than 4,000,000 square feet of manufacturing space, about 8,200 local employees earn 20% more each year than service-sector employees. From Kaydon to Caterpillar, our existing industries have a long track record of adding value to our community in a low-cost, high-productivity environment. Sumter Economic Development's Business Retention and Expansion program is a comprehensive, proactive and responsive effort that seeks to make manufacturing in Sumter County efficient and productive.

Short-Term Objectives:

  • To build relationships with existing businesses through open communications and visitations;
  • To demonstrate and provide support for local business by acting as a liaison between the business and government agencies;
  • To address urgent business concerns and issues;
  • To help businesses improve communications with the local community; and
  • To find ways to retain businesses and jobs.

Long-Term Objectives:

  • To increase the competitiveness of local businesses;
  • To create jobs and increase capital investment through business growth and expansion;
  • To establish and implement strategic actions for local economic development; and
  • To create a healthier and wealthier local economy. 


  • Industry Appreciation Week
  • Sumter County Aid to Industry
  • Industrial Skills Training at Central Carolina Technical College

Black River Spec Building 4
Black River Spec Building 4

This 104,600SF spec facility can cut up to a year off a company’s startup time. Owned by Sumter County and located in Sumter’s Black River Airport Industrial Park, this flexible and expandable facility has all utilities available. Click the photo for details.

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