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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!

Featured Keynote Speakers

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: VIP Cocktail Reception (Invitation Only)

The VIP Cocktail Reception will be held at the Commerce Club in downtown Greenville, located at the top of One Liberty Square. This reception is for sponsors, speakers, panelists and exhibitors. Seating is limited. If you fall into one of these categories, a conference representative will be in touch as the conference approaches to reserve your seat. Monday, Sept. 10th, 5:15 p.m.


Sep 2018

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

A continental breakfast will be served prior to a moderated panel discussion. 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 manufacturing hub requires a solution. Individual ticket: $35. Corporate table: $295. Seating limited. Tuesday, Sept. 11th, 7:30 a.m. 

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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. Only 150 seats available.

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Sep 2018

FEATURE EVENT: 3D Printing for Lean, IoT Wearables and Hackathons

This course will demonstrate how conformal 3D-printed and embedded sensor applications create situational awareness at the human, machine and component levels to drive workflow, resource and quality efficiencies for both public and private sector end-users. Instructor Joseph Razum, a value engineer at 3D Systems, has presented at numerous national conferences on a variety of additive manufacturing and internet of things topics. Wednesday, Sept., 12th, 10:30 a.m.

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Sep 2018

FEATURE EVENT: 20th Annual Salute to Manufacturing Awards Luncheon

Ten excellence awards will be handed out to South Carolina manufacturers at this annual luncheon, including the Lifetime Service and Innovator of the Year awards. Keynote speakers to be announced soon. Individual ticket: $65. Corporate table: $495. Seating limited. Wednesday, Sept., 12th, 12:15 p.m. 

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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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