Research & Development

Research and development has always been a top priority for South Carolina’s western region. We understand this is a key part of innovation and global expansion for businesses, and our region’s local resources are well prepared for the challenge.

Putting Power Behind R&D

Innovation has long been the key to America’s global leadership in business and science, and thanks to the technical and advanced research expertise of our local workforce, South Carolina’s Western region is an excellent location for research and development efforts.

We’re the longtime home of the Department of Energy’s Savannah River National Laboratory and its Energy Materials Research Laboratory, which is located at the Applied Research Center (ARC), a 60,000-square-foot facility dedicated to energy research.

That brainpower and the highly skilled workforce that supports those efforts benefits many local companies, among them Advanced Glassfiber Yarns and AmbioPharm, Inc. Bringing your research facilities here will put your R&D professionals in close proximity to many of the leading minds in research and give you access to our collaborative, collegial scientific community.

Local Research & Development Companies

Available Sites & Buildings

If you’re thinking about bringing your business to South Carolina’s Western region, we’re ready to accommodate you with a broad variety of existing facilities and ready-to-build sites.


The highly skilled workforce in the Western SC region is ready to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing economy because of the emphasis on education.