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.
Manufacturer's Golf Tournament:
Exclusive golf outing for Manufacturing Conference attendees to be held at The Preserve at Verdae in Greenville. Up to 100 golfers will get the chance to play one of the nicest golf courses in the Upstate.
RUNNING ALL DAY: Workshops presented by Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
Workshops include: Maximizing Value of Investments, Cyber Security Update, Tax Credits and Deductions for Manufacturers, Strategies for Controlling Cost and Improving Quality.
CONFERENCE OPENS: Registration, Refreshments
Registration and refreshments will begin Wednesday, April 20th at 7:30 a.m. Grady Johnson, SC Biz News President and Group Publisher, will kick off the conference at 8:00 a.m. Also speaking will be Greg Taylor, managing partner, Dixon Hughes Goodman, and Ted Pitts, President and CEO, SC State Chamber of Commerce. Free with registration for a Panel Discussion Pass.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Mark C. Fava, Chief Counsel, Boeing, South Carolina
Six Years Later & Over 100 Planes — Boeing’s Presence in South Carolina. Opening Keynote Speaker, Mark Fava, chief counsel for Boeing, South Carolina, will provide an insightful overview of Boeing’s phenomenal growth in the state. Boeing’s growth has not only been in advanced aircraft manufacturing, but also in research, technology, engineering and IT efforts in the Palmetto State. The keynote will be Wednesday, April 20th at 8:10 a.m. and is free with registration for a Panel Discussion Pass.
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.
PANEL DISCUSSION: Intellectual Property
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.
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
AFTERNOON SESSION WELCOME: John Uprichard, Chairman, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and CEO, Find Great People
South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Chairman John Uprichard will kick of the afternoon session Wednesday, April 20th at 1:45 p.m.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Ned Monroe, Senior VP, External Relations, NAM (National Association of Manufacturers)
Keynote Speaker Ned Monroe, from the National Association of Manufacturers, will speak on: Competing to Win — Implementing Federal Policies to Grow Manufacturing in the Unites States. Monroe will discuss manufacturing legislative issues and the implementation of federal policies necessary to grow the industry. As the backbone of the the economy, manufacturing is more than machines; it is also the people who unleash the power and innovation that preserves American Exceptionalism. In the midst of a Presidential election year, we need to consider the goals and develop policies necessary for America to continue to compete and lead. Monroe’s keynote will be Wednesday, April 20th at 2:00 p.m. and is free with registration for a Panel Discussion Pass.
PANEL DISCUSSION: The Role of Infrastructure in Manufacturing
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. To see panelist bios, click on “Speakers” button above. This panel discussion will be held Wednesday, April 20th, 2:45 p.m. and is free with registration for a Panel Discussion Pass.
BREAKOUT SESSION #1: NLRB Update
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. To see presenter bios, click on “Speakers” button above. This breakout session/presentation will be Wednesday, April 20th, at 4:00 p.m. and is free with registration for a Panel Discussion Pass.
BREAKOUT SESSION #2: 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. To see panelist bios, click on “Speakers” button above. 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.
DAY 1 -- CONFERENCE CLOSE: Ted Pitts, President and CEO, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
Day 1 of the SC Manufacturing Conference and Expo will close Wednesday, April 20th, at 5:00 p.m.
COCKTAIL RECEPTION: Reception Held on Exhibit Hall Floor
The Cocktail Reception will be held on the exhibit hall floor and is open to all exhibitors, sponsors and attendees. The reception will be Wednesday, April 20th, from 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
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.
PANEL DISCUSSION: Regenerative Manufacturing as a Profit Model of the Future
Enlightened companies and consumers have embraced a more regenerative way of existence in which the waste outputs of material resources and energy are viewed as sources of untapped value via their reuse and recycling. Manufacturers that embrace the concept of regeneration in product, process and downstream applications will thrive. Business model innovation and new partnerships are key elements to monetization of the vast, untapped potential regenerative manufacturing offers. 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. Panelists: Mark Housley, Sr. Program Mgr., SCRA (South Carolina Research Authority) and Sidney Locke, Director, Strategic Marketing and Communication, Sage Automotive Interiors. Other panelists to be announced soon. Grady Johnson, President and Group Publisher, SC Biz News, will moderate. To see panelist bios, click on “Speakers” button above. Thursday, April 21st, 9:45 a.m. Free with registration for a Panel Discussion Pass.
PRESENTATION: The Future of Additive Manufacturing
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, Mark LaViolette, Specialist Leader, Deloitte Consulting, Federal Supply Chain Practice, explores this new world. To see presenter bio, click on “Speakers” button above. Thursday, April 21st, 11:00 a.m. Free with registration for a Panel Discussion Pass.
PRESENTATION: Growing the Additive Manufacturing Workforce
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, Brenna Sniderman, Senior Manager, Deloitte Services, LP, Deloitte Center for Integrated Research, will discuss strategies to solve the skills gap companies will face over the next five to 10 years as AM technologies become more widespread. To see presenter bio, click on “Speakers” button above. Thursday, April 21st, 11:30 a.m. Free with registration for a Panel Discussion Pass.
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)