2014 South Carolina Manufacturing Conference and Expo

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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

Apr 2016

PRESENTATIONS: The Industrial Revolution 4.0 and the Internet of Things

The Industrial Internet of Things is a game changer. It is and will continue to affect every manufacturer in every industrial sector and market. Four presenters — from IBM, General Electric, Hitachi and PTC — will illustrate how their companies are developing and deploying the technology that will drive the industrial world to new levels of operation, efficiency, quality and response time. To see presenter bios, click on “Speakers” button above. Wednesday, April 20th, 8:45 a.m. Free with registration for a Panel Discussion Pass.


Apr 2016

FEATURE EVENT: Auto Manufacturing Luncheon

Manufacturing executives will provide keynote addresses on the state of auto manufacturing in South Carolina. Scheduled to speak: Mercedes-Benz Vans CEO, Michael Balke and Volvo Cars VP of Manufacturing, Americas, Katarina Fjording. Additional speakers to be announced soon. Individual ticket: $65. Corporate table: $495. Wednesday, April 20th, Noon.


BlueCross BlueShield of SC, ch2m, Santee Cooper, Southeast Industrial Equipment, Thomas Concrete

Apr 2016

FEATURE EVENT: Workforce Development Breakfast (Filling the Educational Pipeline)

A continental breakfast will be served prior to the panel discussion. Panelists will discuss workforce development issues critical to the state’s manufacturers. Panelists: Jimmie Williamson, president of the South Carolina Technical College System, Cheryl Stanton, executive director of the South Carolina Dept. of Employment and Workforce and Lewis Gossett, President and CEO of SCMA (South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance). Remaining panelist to be announced soon. Chris William, executive producer of Carolina Business Review, a syndicated television program on business and industry in the Carolinas, will moderate. Individual ticket: $35. Corporate table: $295. Thursday, April 21st, 7:30 a.m. Seating Limited.


Apr 2016

FEATURE EVENT: 16th Annual Salute to Manufacturing Awards Luncheon

A number of excellence awards, including the prestigious Silver Crescent Award, will be handed out to South Carolina manufacturers at this annual luncheon. This award recognizes exemplary manufacturing operations, which demonstrate superior performance in seven categories, including: Citizenship, Employee Engagement, Customer Satisfaction, Environmental Stewardship, Innovation, Financial Performance and Longevity Plan. AME (Association for Manufacturing Excellence) members judge all applications. Keynote speaker to be announced soon. Individual ticket: $65. Corporate table: $495. Seating Limited. Thursday, April 21st, 12:15 p.m. 


Aerotek, Bridgestone, GSP Airport, MAU Workforce Solutions, Nucor Steel Berkeley, QBS (Quality Business Solutions)

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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