Scout is Coming to South Carolina

The Richland County Economic Development Office is pleased to announce that Scout Motors Inc. (“Scout”), makers of the next-generation of all-electric trucks and rugged SUVs, has decided to establish its manufacturing operations in Blythewood.

The company’s planned $2 billion investment has the potential to create 4,000 or more permanent jobs, both of which would set new all-time records for a Richland County economic development project. Scout is planning to break ground on the new manufacturing facility in Blythewood Industrial Park in mid-2023 and begin production by the end of 2026.

Doing Business with Scout

Does your company want to become a supplier for Scout Motors' new production facility near Columbia, SC?

Please contact the Scout Motors purchasing team at [email protected] to share your business information, and they will be in touch if your goods or services are needed as the purchasing process moves forward.


Working for Scout

The new Scout facility has the potential to create 4,000 or more permanent jobs. At full capacity, more than 200,000 Scout vehicles may be produced annually at the facility.

If you’d like to be a part of the Scout team, check out the careers available now. Also, sign up to receive updates on more roles that become available as the facility comes online.

Blythewood and Scout

Blythewood will be home to the new Scout facility. The company’s large investment will allow for significant infrastructure upgrades and other improvements to the community. Learn what’s to come along with other frequently asked questions.


Preparing for

Richland County has conducted or commissioned numerous due diligence studies of the planned Scout Motors site, including economic, noise, and environmental studies. These studies help us to ensure that the development of the Scout Motors facility is both sustainable and beneficial for the community. We invite you to view these studies and learn more about the various impacts Scout Motors will have on Richland County and Blythewood.

What the Future Looks Like

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scott keogh

We’re honored to partner with South Carolina to usher in this new era for Scout. Gov. McMaster is committed to investing in the state’s people, and we plan to bring new opportunities to grow this community of innovators. The world needs more Scouts, and this is an important step in honoring Scout heritage and electrifying its future.

Scott Keogh

Scout Motors CEO and President
governor henry mcmaster

Scout Motors will provide thousands of South Carolinians with previously un-imagined opportunities and prosperity for generations to come. The Palmetto State, with its rich history, superior people, and sterling automotive manufacturing reputation, is the perfect place to re-start this iconic American brand.

Henry McMaster

South Carolina Governor
Overture Walker

This proposed manufacturing facility marks a major milestone in the history of Richland County and the potential for our most significant economic development project to date. This decision represents a transformational breakthrough that would position us at the forefront of the clean energy future while promising to boost the quality of life for residents across our County for generations to come.

Overture Walker

Richland County Councilman, District 8, Former Chair

The investment of Scout Motors in the Town of Blythewood will have substantial impact on the community, enhancing the quality of life for residents and contributing to the vibrancy of where we live, work, worship, learn and play. As someone who has established roots in the community and is raising a family here, I welcome the Scout Motors family, and I am excited for the future of Blythewood and the State of South Carolina.

Derrek Pugh

Richland County Councilman, District 2, Vice Chair
Daniel Rickenmann

We’re excited to be able to partner with the state and the county in attracting this wonderful opportunity for the region. This is what collaboration looks like.

Daniel Rickenmann

City of Columbia Mayor
jeff ruble

Richland County has spent years laying the groundwork for today’s historic announcement, and we are thrilled that Scout shares our view that this area is the ideal location for a world-class company to plant its flag. With our supportive business development network, vibrant workforce, culture of innovation, and connectivity to key strategic hubs, Richland County has created a strong economic foundation that Scout would be able to build upon in the years to come.

Jeff Ruble

Richland County Economic Development Office Director

For more information or inquiries, reach out to Scout Motors