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Columbia’s Turbocharged Manufacturing Renaissance is Alive and Well in 2019

There is a lot of buzz about the dominance of e-commerce and its effects on the industrial market. Columbia has its fair share of retailers with e-commerce distribution facilities as Amazon, The Home Depot and Target all have major distribution centers in the Midlands region of South Carolina. However, retail distribution is not the main driver of this industrial market. The heart and soul of the central South Carolina industrial market is manufacturing. Manufacturing properties make up …

Upstate South Carolina’s Industrial Evolution Sets Up Market as National Power

Thirty years ago, there were 33 operating textile mills in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. Today, there are scarcely a handful. The jobs and investments disappeared in the wake of regulatory change and international trade agreements. However, the infrastructure, location, existing workforce and entrepreneurial attitude of the area’s leadership saw this as a challenge to evolve. And evolve it did — using the substrate of the textile industry as a solid foundation. The well-trained and …

Advanced Manufacturing, Logistics Activity Accelerate Upstate’s Industrial Growth

The Greenville-Spartanburg economy has a long legacy of being fueled by industrial activity. Today, the whole Upstate market continues to experience record levels of growth as it evolves into advanced manufacturing, automotive and distribution related activities. South Carolina is the largest exporter of goods on a per capita basis in the Southeast and has one of the highest densities of foreign direct investment per capita in the United States. The Upstate is the manufacturing center of …

Greenville’s Positive Economic Momentum is Catching the Eye of Retailers

The city of Greenville and the surrounding submarkets are exploding with growth. The once-sleepy textile town in the Upstate of South Carolina has now become a robust, diversified economy that is garnering interest from retailers that may have overlooked the market in the past. The change in the city of Greenville has not gone unnoticed; several publications and top ten lists have recognized Greenville for its thriving downtown. From the addition of Falls Park in 2004, an approximately 32-acre …

Columbia’s Retail Market is Uniquely Equipped to Meet the Needs of Millennials

It is impossible to have a discussion about retail commercial real estate without considering the implications of shifting demographics. This is true both nationally and in the Columbia market. The unique demographic characteristics of the local market serve as an explanation for the current situation in retail real estate. The trends in retail real estate in Columbia echo those on that national level, although with the local market’s heavy concentration of Millennials (one of the highest …

Greenville’s Booming Office Market Drives Interest from New Investors

Greenville is undergoing significant growth and capturing the attention of national investors and tenants. Historically high rental rates, increased occupancy and strong construction activity for the first time in recent years collectively indicate a healthy market. Additionally, tight market conditions provide an ideal investment sales environment encouraging landlords to market their office assets for sale, something they couldn’t justify doing a few years ago. The market’s occupancy …

South Carolina’s Midland Region is in the Middle of ‘Manufacturing Renaissance’

[caption id="attachment_136336" align="alignright" width="100"] Charles Salley, Colliers International[/caption]South Carolina continues to see a manufacturing renaissance, after back-to-back record years of manufacturing investment totaling $10 billion in 2013 and 2014. All signs suggest that 2015 will be just as promising. The Midlands region has benefitted from this investment and is poised to take off in 2015. As the market has heated up, the Midlands region of South Carolina has the most …

Roughly 3 Million Square Feet of Industrial Space is in Greenville’s Pipeline in 2015

[caption id="attachment_130394" align="alignright" width="100"] Trey Pennington, CBRE[/caption]Manufacturing was instrumental in driving the United States economy out of the recession. With Greenville-Spartanburg having a high ratio of manufacturing to warehouse space, the region’s industrial market has been ahead of the national market in terms of growth. Greenville-Spartanburg is first and foremost an industrial market with approximately 160 million square feet of manufacturing, …

New Development, Inland Port Drive Growth

The Upstate of South Carolina is home to 1.2 million people located on the Interstate 85 corridor between Atlanta and Charlotte. The population is clustered around the cities of Greenville, Spartanburg and Anderson. The epicenter of the industrial market is along the county line between Greenville and Spartanburg counties, where South Carolina Inland Port (SCIP) was recently completed. The region has a long legacy of manufacturing, but during the last 30 years, the type of manufacturing has …

Columbia Industrial Market Expects Improvement

Columbia is is considered a tertiary market by definition, with more than 47 million square feet of industrial space. In the past few years, national and international companies have recognized Columbia as having a strategic position in the Southeast. While most markets struggled in the downturn, Columbia’s steady industrial announcements demonstrated stability. Today, the city’s industrial vacancy rate is hovering at 10 percent. The Columbia market has remained attractive due to …

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