Manufacturing is being transformed by new technology called the Industrial Internet of Things or IIoT.  This technology is creating new business models based on improved data collection, rapid transfer of information and the ability to make faster, better decisions.

IIoT is a multi-trillion dollar business that will impact manufacturers world-wide.  Manufacturing and other industries are moving quickly to update their operations to increase efficiency and lower their cost of operation.  Four presenters and leading industry experts will discuss how this technology is already impacting the operations of industrial companies and their supply chains to enable the world class competition that will be needed today and tomorrow. Wednesday, April 20th, 8:45 a.m. Free with registration for a Panel Discussion Pass. SPONSORED BY:


Some products which formerly were manufactured physical products are now being sold in digital form, with no manufacturing required. The “internet of things,” the “open-source” movement and the proliferation of 3D printing are producing an increased need for manufacturers of all kinds to secure returns from assets by paying more attention to IP issues. The panel will discuss this evolving playing field and provide some best practices to help manufacturers handle these new and emerging opportunities and avoid the pitfalls that are being created. To see panelist bios, click on “Speakers” button above. Wednesday, April 20th, 10:45 a.m. Free with registration for a Panel Discussion Pass.


Companies cannot prosper if they can’t get their goods to market. South Carolina’s infrastructure system is aging. Find out what state and county agencies are doing to improve infrastructure in order to better promote commerce and job growth. Hear from top manufacturers about the issues they find with state infrastructure and ideas they have to improve it. What are the future needs of manufacturers and is the state prepared to address those needs? The panel will address these infrastructure concerns, which is the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s #1 legislative issue for 2016. This panel discussion will be held Wednesday, April 20th, 2:45 p.m. and is free with registration for a Panel Discussion Pass.

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT (Best Practices for Finding, Training and Retaining Workers)

With a growing manufacturing sector comes a never-ending need to identify, hire and train new employees. Top executives from a number of staffing agencies will inform manufacturers how they can streamline the hiring and training process in order to keep the best employees. They will explain regulations that might impact your company’s ability to build a workforce and outline resources manufacturers can use utilize that can help them meet their hiring needs. Also, if you are looking to find jobs in the manufacturing sector, this session insures you’ll pick up some information that could help you land your dream job. Job seekers and employers alike will learn “tricks of the trade” from experienced, professional recruiters.  This breakout session/panel discussion will be Wednesday, April 20th, at 4:00 p.m. and is free with registration for a Panel Discussion Pass.


This update will include information on union activity in South Carolina and the efforts of the Union Free South Carolina Initiative. The session, presented by attorneys from Ogletree Deakins and Nash Smoak & Stewart, will inform attendees about HR practices as they relate to NLRB updated rules and regulations. Participants will leave armed with proper steps to take in the event their company is faced with union activity and will learn ways to reduce your company’s risk of organizing threats.  Learn why South Carolina is now the least unionized state in the country. This breakout session/presentation will be Wednesday, April 20th, at 4:00 p.m. and is free with registration for a Panel Discussion Pass.

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT (Filling the Educational Pipeline)

For manufacturers to succeed in the highly competitive global marketplace, the availability of an educated, flexible and knowledge-based workforce is paramount. The panel will discuss some of the key drivers to create the workforce of the future and innovative solutions to establish a pipeline of future workers. Thursday, April 21st, 7:30 a.m.  There is a $35 charge to attend this breakfast event. Tickets can be purchased on the registration page. That can be done by clicking the “REGISTER” button at the top of this page. SPONSORED BY:




Industry and consumers have relied on large quantities of easily accessible material resources, abundant, low cost energy and negligible waste disposal costs to enjoy unprecedented improvements in health and prosperity over the past 200 years. In the last 25 or so years, enlightened companies and consumers have embraced a more regenerative way of existence in which material resources, energy and waste outputs are all viewed as sources of untapped value via their conservation, reuse and recycling. In the context of continued population growth, greater global competition for material resources and increasing demand from consumers for sustainable products, the industry will inevitably find ways to take advantage of the untapped value gained by regenerative manufacturing.

Manufacturers that embrace the concept of regeneration in product, process and downstream applications will continue to thrive.  Business model innovation and new partnerships are key elements to realization of the vast, untapped potential regenerative manufacturing offers.  While regulatory oversight may take a larger role, economic benefits will drive assimilation of regenerative manufacturing around the world.

The panel will discuss emerging business models, partnership approaches and technologies that take advantage of this shift in opportunity and the challenges that remain in adopting regenerative manufacturing. Thursday, April 21st, 9:45 a.m. Free with registration for a Panel Discussion Pass. SPONSORED BY:



Advancements in additive manufacturing (AM) are not only forcing innovations in product development, but transforming company supply chains and service delivery, leading to a ripple of impacts across company functions and roles. The presenter discusses strategies to solve the skills gap companies will face over the next five to 10 years as AM technologies become more widespread. Thursday, April 21st, 11:00 a.m. Free with registration for a Panel Discussion Pass.


Imagine a world where metal objects will be flawlessly printed on a machine rather than cut, soldered or molded. More interestingly, imagine that embedded electronics such as smart sensors could be printed into objects by machines that could mix different “inks” such as metals, plastic and glass. The presenter explores this new world. Thursday, April 21st, 11:30 a.m. Free with registration for a Panel Discussion Pass. Both presentations SPONSORED BY: