South Carolina has no major deposits of mineral fuels such as coal, natural gas, or petroleum. However, a variety of other minerals are produced. Cement, crushed stone, and gold are the state’s leading mineral products. Clays and sand and gravel are among the other materials extracted. South Carolina generally ranks highly among the states in the production of kaolin, a type of white clay used in making pottery and paper. South Carolina also is the nation’s leading producer of vermiculite, which is used for insulation and as a medium for planting. The state is the only gold producer east of the Mississippi River. Other minerals produced include peat, mica, silver, manganese, granite, and gemstones.
The manufacture of chemical goods produced more revenue in South Carolina in the late 1990s than did the state’s traditionally strong textiles output. Chemical production includes a variety of synthetic fibers, industrial chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and agricultural fertilizers. The chief centers of the chemical industry are Anderson, Charleston, Columbia, Camden, and Rock Hill.
Textile manufacture is one of the leading industries in the state. In 1996 the manufacture of textiles and apparel accounted for one-fifth of all the personal income earned from industry.
The textile industry in South Carolina suffered a period of decline in the 1980s, as it did in most of the nation, and total textile employment fell by more than one-quarter. But by the mid-1990s employment began to stabilize, although some mills continued to close. Cotton goods are most important, but some carpets, yarn, and knitted goods are produced, and output of synthetic fabrics has grown. The chief textile centers are Anderson, Columbia, Gaffney, Greenville, Greenwood, Lancaster, Rock Hill, and Spartanburg. Other leading employers in the late 1990s were firms engaged in the manufacture of industrial machinery, including automated devices for textile manufacture; plastic and rubber products; paper and paperboard; electronics and electrical equipment; motor vehicle parts and accessories; and lumber. "South Carolina" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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