Infrastructure & Utilities

Utilities and infrastructure can make the difference between just another site and a great place to locate a business. Utility planning is vital to site selection. A business opening or relocating needs reliable resources at a reasonable price. Our utility partners bring the knowledge needed to help businesses prosper and grow.

Spartanburg County offers widely available, reliable, and affordable water, gas, electric, and wastewater services to business and industry.

By Land

Interstate Access

Spartanburg sits at the intersection of two of the most traveled interstates in the nation — Interstates 85 and 26.

  • I-85 is the main artery for business and industry, and there is a high concentration of international business along the corridor. 

  • I-26, running east-to-west, threads through the center of Spartanburg — providing quick and easy access to the SC ports.

From the intersection of I-85 and I-26, nearly 70% of the American population (227,734,362 Americans), is reachable within 2 days by truck.

By Sea


The SC Ports Authority delivers facilities and services for many international businesses in South Carolina. About 200 miles from Spartanburg, near Charleston, the SCPA operates the Port of Charleston. All ports provide container-loading facilities. U.S. trade partners from around the globe have ships carrying trade through Charleston's harbors.

Positioned along the I-85 corridor in Spartanburg County, Inland Port Greer opened in 2013, extending the Port of Charleston’s reach 212 miles inland, and providing shippers with access to more than 95 million consumers within a one-day drive. The Inland Port boosts efficiency for international freight movements between the Port of Charleston and companies across the Southeast..

Norfolk Southern serves Inland Port Greer through its main rail line, maximizing tonnage moved per gallon of fuel for importers and exporters, helping save costs and lower carbon footprints. 

By Air


GSP, located 15.6 miles (15 min) from the Spartanburg County intersection of I-26 and 1-85, offers direct domestic flights and direct international freight flights to continental Europe and Mexico.

GSP has 6 major airlines that offer an average of 50 non-stop daily departures, and direct service to 16 major cities and 19 major airports across the U.S.

Cargo & Package Service:  GSP Cargo | FedEx | DHL | UPS | US Postal Service | Senator International

Passenger Service:  Allegiant | American Airlines | DeltaFrontier | Southwest | United

Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Less than a 90-minute drive from Spartanburg, CLT averages 534 daily departures and 25 million passengers annually. CLT serves commercial, cargo, corporate, private, military and trucking operations.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

A few hours' drive from Spartanburg, ATL is an international airport near the central business district of Atlanta, GA.

Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport

SPA is a general aviation airport located in the City of Spartanburg, 3 miles from downtown, popular for private and corporate aircraft.


Regional Airports

Asheville Regional Airport in North Carolina is an hours' drive from Spartanburg and offers daily flights to major hubs..

Columbia Metropolitan Airport is the main commercial airport for the Midlands region of South Carolina. The airport is a regional cargo hub for UPS Airlines.


Foreign trade zones

FTZ No. 38

Spartanburg County is home to hundreds of international businesses, making the county a thriving Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ). In 2019, Site Selection Magazine named Spartanburg  the #5 FTZ in the United States.

Granted by the SC State Ports Authority, the Greenville-Spartanburg area near I-85 is FTZ No. 38.

FTZ 38 Site 1 - US Highway 29 Industrial Park, Wellford: 20 acres with a 125,000 sq. ft. facility; property available for development; owned and operated by Carolina.

FTZ 38 Site 2 - SCSPA International Transport Center and Gateway International Business Center, Greer-Wellford: 797 acres with a 60,000 sq. ft. bonded warehouse with 24 truck slots, 14 acres of fenced and paved open storage areas, 33,600 sq.ft. cold storage facility; Property available for development; Several other buildings are also available. Norfolk Southern rail access.

FTZ 38 Site 3 - Highway 290 Commerce Park, Duncan: 111.34-acre site; 5 miles from BMW Subzone, off I-85.

SUBZONE FTZ No. 38-A - BMW Manufacturing Company, LLC, Greer: Subzones are specifically utilized by one company.