Florence County's is well-positioned for distribution/logistics operations. The county's strategic southeastern location at the intersection of I-20, which begins in Florence and extends east through Atlanta and the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, and I-95, the major north/south thoroughfare on the east coast. Exactly halfway between New York and Miami on the I-95 corridor, Florence County provides excellent access to markets and is in close proximity to direct interstate connections with I-26 and I-77.
Direct highway access to a plethora of deepwater seaports in Charleston, SC (90 miles), Wilmington, NC (100 miles), Savannah, GA (180 miles), and Norfolk, VA (290 miles).
Florence Regional Airport is served by US Air and offers direct daily service to Charlotte, NC. The airport is also a full-service FBO for corporate aircraft. Airports in Myrtle Beach, SC (37 miles), Columbia (91 miles), Charleston (127 miles), and Charlotte (155 miles) offer flights to numerous destinations both domestic and international.
CSX hosts its largest railyard in Florence along with its regional headquarters which includes, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.
Distribution and Logistics Companies in Florence County:
- Ruiz Foods Inc.
- Johnson Controls
- Institution Food House (IFH)
- W. Lee Flowers
- Crown Beverages
Success Story - QVC
QVC Inc., one of the worlds largest multimedia retailers, announced in late 2005 their plans to establish a 1.4 million square foot distribution facility in Florence. The $90 million, 900 employee facility celebrated their grand opening on July 11th, 2007, and is the fifth domestic distribution facility for the company.
The Florence facility will be a flagship distribution center for QVC as it is the first large scale implementer of the InfoLink System, which utilizes RF technology to track the user, location, and activity of each lift vehicle. The company will also leverage new state-of-the-art technologies such as the Sterling Warehouse System, Automated Slapper Line, Accumulation Conveyors, and GOH system.
Over 1.7 million packages are shipped from the Florence facility annually, which equates to over 10,000 per day and over 1,000 per hour. The excellent transportation infrastructure and qualified labor force were critical in the site selection by the company. General Manager of QVC Florence noted: “The hard-working, dedicated employees in Florence are the backbone of our future success."
For more information about QVC please visit their website at www.qvc.com