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Living and Working in Darlington County

Thanks to the business-friendly environment, the low cost of doing business, and a world-class workforce, companies in Darlington county are able to successfully compete with the best companies in the world. Darlington County is home to the international corporate headquarters of Sonoco, a world leader in packaging materials. Other companies include Nucor Steel, Duke Energy’s HB Robinson nuclear plant, Georgia-Pacific, Polyquest, and many more.

South Carolina is right-to-work state, making Darlington County a union-free place to do business. Darlington County also has a host of incentives for new and expanding industries, including job tax credits of up to $8,000 per job.

In addition to a progressive business climate and an impressive blend of industries, Darlington County offers three key components crucial to business success:

  • Transportation Infrastructure
  • Educated workforce
  • High quality of life

Transportation Infrastructure

Because of its ideal location in the northeastern portion of South Carolina, Darlington County lies on the commercial transportation route connecting Dallas/Fort Worth with the Eastern Seaboard. The combination of interstates, port access and air access facilitate the movement of goods in and out of the county.

Educated Workforce

Education and worker training play a vital role in the success of area industries. Florence Darlington Technical College, including its Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (SiMT), provides worker training and re-training with the most up-to-date technology and resources. Coker College in Hartsville has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the Top Tier of Best Baccalaureate Colleges. And nearby Francis Marion University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 30 areas of study.

Quality of Life

With a population of 70,000 and growing, Darlington County is known as “the Pearl of the Pee Dee.” Its two largest cities, Darlington and Hartsville, are flanked on the west by the scenic Lynches River, on the northeast by the Great Pee Dee River, and the southeast by I-95.

A prominent player primarily in agricultural commerce for centuries, Darlington County has been emerging as a manufacturing and technology center of excellence for the Southeast. Yet it has not lost its Southern charm and easygoing quality of life that make its citizens and businesses proud to call it home.