In a recent ranking of states with regard to the building industry, South Carolina placed sixth overall.
The ranked list, "Building America: The Merit Shop Scorecard," was compiled by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), an advocacy organization for the nation's builders and contractors.
“ABC applauds South Carolina policymakers for their commitment to free enterprise and helping craft an environment where contractors can thrive,” Doug Carlson, ABC of the Carolinas president and CEO, said. “By banning anti-competitive and restrictive project labor agreement and prevailing wage mandates and supporting right-to-work and workforce development programs, South Carolina policymakers have helped reduce the cost of public construction to taxpayers and made it easier for contractors to expand their operations and create more jobs in South Carolina.”
Criteria used to rank the states included policies on project labor agreements, prevailing wage mandates, right-to-work status, construction job growth rate, commitment to developing a well-trained workforce, level of flexibility in career and technical education and use of public-private partnerships.