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APRIL 20-21.2016


The inaugural 2015 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, six keynote speakers (including Gov. Nikki Haley), 33 other speakers from across the United States, eight panel discussions, an exposition for manufacturing suppliers, a community job fair, a career fair for high school students, workshops, manufacturing tours and much more.

More than 3,500 people attended! WERE YOU ONE OF THEM?

If not, be sure to register for the 2016 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 2016 conference has begun!

Katarina Fjording

VP Manufacturing, Americas, Volvo Car Group

Michael Balke

President and CEO, Mercedes-Benz Vans

Mark Fava

Chief Counsel, Boeing South Carolina

Michael Wheeler

VP, Global Industry Solutions, IBM


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


Advanced Manufacturing Job Fair

Presented by Greenville Technical College

Attendees will meet with human resource representatives from 30+ manufacturing companies from across the state as well as staffing agency representatives, and learn about available high-paying jobs. This annual Job Fair is free and open to the public.

Salute to Manufacturing Awards Luncheon

Presented by United Community Bank

The 16th annual Salute to Manufacturing Awards Luncheon is the anchor event of the Conference. Manufacturers can now apply for excellence awards, including the Silver Crescent Award, the most prestigious state award a South Carolina manufacturers can receive.


Presented by Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP

Maximizing Value of Investments. Cyber Security Update. Tax Credits and Deductions for Manufacturers. Strategies for Controlling Cost and Improving Quality. Seating Limited.

Career Fair for High School Students

Presented by SCRA

High school students from across the Upstate of South Carolina will descend on Greenville to learn why careers in manufacturing are quickly becoming a popular choice among high school graduates, while getting hands-on experience with machinery and robotics.


Presented by ATS Logistics Services, Inc. & Choate Construction Co.

An exposition will run concurrently with the 2-day conference. Manufacturing suppliers from across the Southeast are invited to exhibit.

Best Practices Workshops

Provided by Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME)

Several workshops will be presented by world-renowned experts. The Association for Manufacturing Excellence is the premier organization for the exchange of knowledge in enterprise excellence.

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