Scout Motors Inc. announced it will establish its first manufacturing plant outside of Columbia in Blythewood. The company will build all-electric, next generation trucks and SUVs at the Richland County site. Scout is backed by Volkswagen and introduced the SUV in 1960 and with this new plant is revitalizing this classic vehicle.
President and CEO of Scout Motors Scott Keogh said, “We’re honored to partner with South Carolina to usher in the new era for Scout.”
The company will invest $2 billion dollars in the plant and will create 4,000 jobs. Once at full capacity the plant could produce more than 200,000 vehicles a year.
“Scout Motors will provide thousands of South Carolinians with previously unimagined opportunities and prosperity for generations to come,” said Governor Henry McMaster. “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.”
Construction will begin this year with vehicle production targeted to begin by the end of 2026.