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SEPTEMBER 11-12.2018


The most recent SC Manufacturing Conference and Expo turned out to be South Carolina’s most significant manufacturing event in recent memory. The event included: the Salute to Manufacturing Awards Luncheon, the Workforce Development Breakfast, 30+ speakers and 250+ exhibitors from across the country, several panel discussions on topics of interest to the manufacturing community, tours of manufacturing facilities, a B2B matchmaking event pairing OEMs and 1st tier suppliers with our exhibitors, VIP cocktail receptions and VIP dinners.

More than 4,000 people attended! WERE YOU ONE OF THEM?

If not, be sure to register for the 2018 Conference, which is quickly shaping up to be even bigger and better. Join manufacturing professionals from across the Southeastern U.S. to discuss the latest manufacturing trends and topics, share their vision, become inspired and immerse yourself in manufacturing culture. Over the coming months, this website will be updated frequently to reflect new speakers and new topics. The countdown to the 2018 conference has begun!

Featured Keynote Speakers/Panelists

Henry McMaster

South Carolina

Megan Pollock

VP, Strategic Communications
Samsung Electronics America

Thomas Makosch

VP, IoT for Americas
Robert Bosch

Jody Gallagher


Pamela Evette

Owner & CEO
Quality Business Solutions

Sherry McCraw

Vice President of Assembly
BMW Manufacturing

Steve Townes

Ranger Aerospace


Sep 2018

FEATURE EVENT: Workforce Development Breakfast (Meeting the Needs of the Manufacturing Community)

A continental breakfast will be served prior to a keynote speech and a moderated panel discussion. Megan Pollock, VP of strategic communications, Samsung Electronics America, will deliver a keynote speech. Then top-level manufacturing executives and state educators will discuss workforce development issues critical to the state’s manufacturing community. Tackling the skills gap issue has been a top-priority for years, if not decades. South Carolina’s continued emergence as a significant manufacturing hub in the Southeast requires a solution. Individual ticket: $35. Corporate table: $295.

Tuesday, Sept. 11th, 8 — 10 a.m. 



Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Greenville County Workforce Development, Duke Energy, Recruit Up


Sep 2018

FEATURE EVENT: Toyota Kata Practitioner Day

Manufacturing executives worldwide are utilizing Toyota Kata techniques to address process, people and communication issues. This day-long course will provide a forum for sharing first-hand experiences and lessons learned from on-the-job practice of the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata patterns. Master Toyota Kata coach and lean instructor Brandon Brown will facilitate. Brown has 25 years of continuous improvement experience and has been a keynote speaker at Kata summits around the world.

Tuesday, Sept. 11th, 9 a.m. — 5 p.m. 75 seats available.


Sep 2018

EXCEPTIONAL EXECUTIVES: Women Who are Leading the Way

One of the anchor events of the upcoming SC Manufacturing Conference and Expo will feature a quartet of female business executives discussing their path to the top.  The number of female executives continues to rise in the competitive manufacturing industry, and it’s no different in other business verticals. You’ll hear from a group of real movers and shakers.

Wednesday, Sept. 12th, 9 — 10:15 a.m. Limited seating.


Sep 2018

FEATURE EVENT: 20th Annual Salute to Manufacturing Awards Luncheon

Twenty-five South Carolina manufacturers will be honored in ten excellence categories at this annual luncheon, including the Lifetime Service and Innovator of the Year awards. The keynote speaker will be Thomas Makosch, director, IoT for the Americas, Bosch Group. Individual ticket: $65. Corporate table: $495. Seating limited. Click “Register” for a list of all awards finalists and to order your tickets.

Wednesday, Sept., 12th, 12:15 — 1:45 p.m. 



Aerotek, BlueCross Blue Shield, Carlisle Associates, MAU Workforce Solutions, Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corp., SE Industrial Equipment




More than 250 exhibitors from across the country have reserved an exhibit booth for this year's conference. Although we've sold out of exhibit booths, you can still have your company added to a waiting list. If the floor is expanded, we'll contact you. Just click "MORE INFO" and download a booth reservation form.


Rick Erwin's Dining Group

Rick Erwin's Dining Group consists of a number of elegant restaurants throughout the Upstate of South Carolina. Rick Erwin's West End Grill, conveniently located on Main St. in beautiful downtown Greenville, is the best upscale steakhouse in town, and Nantucket Seafood, also located on Greenville's Main St., serves fresh seafood daily. With locations convenient to I-85 and downtown Greenville, you are likely to find a location near your hotel. Choose a restaurant. Make a reservation.


Book Your Room Today at the Greenville Hilton

The Greenville Hilton is located at 45 West Orchard Park Dr. close to the Haywood Rd. exit on I-385. The hotel has reserved a significant block of rooms for conference attendees and will provide a 25% discount off the standard room rate. The hotel is approximately two miles from the TD Convention Center, the conference venue. It is also centrally located, providing easy access to numerous eating establishments. Downtown Greenville is a 10-minute interstate drive.

SC Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Helping Manufacturers Achieve Success

The South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP) is a private, non-profit group that serves as a proven resource to South Carolina manufacturers, providing them with a range of innovative strategies and solutions. They exist to help small and mid-size manufacturing companies compete, grow and win. SCMEP is also the title sponsor of this year's SC Manufacturing Conference and Expo.


South Carolina's Media Engine for Economic Growth

SC Biz News publishes a family of award-winning bi-weekly business journals serving senior-level business decision-makers throughout South Carolina. Subscribers receive a bi-weekly journal and daily digital business news updates.