South Carolina, March 2010
March 3-4, 2010
792 miles total
Ambassador Kirk arrived in South Carolina on March 3 to visit Clemson University and to meet with leaders in the Carolinas' textile industry. While in Clemson, Ambassador Kirk met with professors and students at Clemson University and toured the Clemson University Advanced Materials Research Center. After the tour, Ambassador Kirk headed to Anderson, South Carolina to meet with executives and workers and tour the Glen Raven Textile Plant, where he saw Glen Raven's innovative textile products and discuss the President's new National Export Initiative (NEI), which aims to double American exports in five years and support two million American jobs.
Last year, South Carolina export-sector workers helped produce $3.4 billion worth of goods for shipment to Germany, South Carolina's top export destination. In total, Germany accounts for 20 percent of all South Carolina exports, followed by Canada, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and China.
South Carolina's leading manufacturing export is transportation equipment, which accounted for $5 billion in 2009. Other top exports included machinery manufactures, worth $3.2 billion, and chemicals, worth $2 billion - all of them made by South Carolina workers, helping to sustain and create good-paying jobs even in the middle of an economic crisis.