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OCTOBER 29-30.2019


Don’t miss the annual SC Manufacturing Conference and Expo, which has quickly become one of the largest manufacturing events in the Southeast. The most significant manufacturing event of the year will include: the Salute to Manufacturing Awards Luncheon (pictured at right), the Aerospace Luncheon, 2020 Auto, Aerospace and Tire Economic Forecasts, Workforce Development Breakfast, Executive Women’s Panel, Manufacturing Apprenticeship Breakfast, 16 courses for manufacturing executives, VIP cocktail receptions, VIP dinners and MUCH more!


The conference also includes an exposition large enough to set up on two football fields of space.  Exhibitors, which traditionally come from more than a dozen states, will have the opportunity to meet individually with 20+ OEMs and 1st tier suppliers from across South Carolina. This B2B event is coordinated by the SC Dept. of Commerce and SC Aerospace.

Join manufacturing professionals from across the Southeast to discuss the latest manufacturing trends and topics, share their vision, become inspired and immerse yourself in manufacturing culture.


Henry McMaster

State of South Carolina

Bobby Hitt

Secretary of Commerce
State of South Carolina

Mike Fox

GM and Site Director
Lockheed Martin

Suzanne Dickerson

Director of Logistics
SC Council on Competitivess

Dan Ellzey

Exec. Director, Workforce Innovation

Rob Morris

Global Head of Consultancy
Ascend by Cirium

Barbara Melvin

Chief Operating Officer
SC Ports Authority

Rodney Rusk

i4.0 Business Leader
Bosch Rexroth


More than 20 Speakers Slated for October's Manufacturing Conference

Although a complete agenda is still coming together, a full roster of community leaders and industry experts will be on hand. Keynote speakers will include SC Gov. Henry McMaster, Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt and top execs from BMW, Boeing, Bosch, GKN Aerospace and the SC Ports Authority.


From Robotics to Cyber Security to Kata to AI. There's Something for Everyone

Manufacturers can choose from 16 training courses, presented by the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership. Courses will be held in meeting rooms close to the expo floor. Instructors include business owners, c-level execs and world-renowned speakers. There is a small fee for each course.


230 Exhibit Booths. Three Networking Lounges. Two Football Fields of Space. 3,000 people!

More than 200 booths have been reserved so far. LESS THAN 30 LOCATIONS REMAIN. Exhibitors get plenty of perks, including entry into private B2B Matchmaking Event with state's largest OEMs & 1st tier suppliers. Click "MORE INFO" to download booth reservation form and to see list of exhibitors. PRESENTED BY:


Manufacturers Compete for Excellence Awards in Innovation, Transformation, Community Outreach

The 22nd annual Salute to Manufacturing Awards Luncheon is the anchor event of the SC Manufacturing Conference. Join 500+ manufacturing execs to see who takes home the top prizes, including the Lifetime Achievement Award. SC Governor Henry McMaster will give a keynote and present awards to the winners. Click "MORE INFO" to apply for awards. PRESENTED BY:


See What the Future Holds for the Aerospace, Automobile and Tire Industries

South Carolina re-invented itself when the textile industry all but disappeared in the 70s. Since then, it has transformed itself into one of the leading manufacturing hubs in the Southeast and is now the Tire Capital of the US, producing and exporting more tires than any other state.


Tackling the Skills Gap is Priority for the State's Vibrant Manufacturing Community

Nationally, the manufacturing industry faces labor shortages at a scale not seen in decades. Studies indicate that half the manufacturing jobs created in the next 10 years will remain unfilled because of a skills shortage. Companies must be proactive in their search for answers. PRESENTED BY:


The Rise of Technology is Pushing the Industry in Directions We Never Dreamed Possible

“Smart” factories are now home to machinery augmented with web connectivity and tied to a system that can visualize the entire production chain and make decisions on its own. Learn what’s new from experts living on the cutting edge of the “fourth industrial revolution.” PRESENTED BY:


Women Executives are Becoming More Common in Today's Evolving Manufacturing Industry

A quartet of female business executives will discuss their path to the top of the manufacturing mountain. This event will be a moderated panel discussion. Panelists include execs from BMW, SC Ports Authority, Bausch Health and Wholesale Boutique.


Kyocera -- Multi-National Electronics & Ceramics Manufacturer Celebrates 60 Years

From waterproofing to scratch-proof screens, discover the rugged mobility technology that makes Kyocera perfect for business. They are a leading supplier of solar power generating systems, mobile phones, printers, copiers, LCDs and electronic components.


Conference Host Embassy Suites by Hilton Conveniently Attached to Convention Center

This all-suites hotel offers a host of complimentary amenities for conference exhibitors, sponsors and attendees. A block of rooms offering competitive rates just for conference participants has been reserved. Click "MORE INFO" for further details about the hotel and to reserve a room.

Conference Spotlight

Registration Now Open for B2B Matchmaking Event

Registration is now open for the B2B Matchmaking Event that will take place on October 29th. Exhibitors and other pre-qualified suppliers will be able to meet representatives from large manufacturing companies in the hopes of “making a match.”…

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Sponsors and Partners

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SCMEP: Providing Solutions for South Carolina Manufacturers

Operating under the US Dept. of Commerce, the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP) is a private, non-profit group that exists to help small and mid-size manufacturing companies compete, grow and win.

SC BIZ: South Carolina's Media Engine for Economic Growth

SC Biz News publishes a family of award-winning business journals serving senior-level business decision-makers throughout South Carolina. Subscribers receive a print business journal, daily digital business news updates and a variety of business resource guides.

The Council: Driving Economic Success Through Collaboration

The South Carolina Council on Competitiveness (The Council) is a non-partisan, business-led, non-profit driving long-term economic growth by stewarding the state’s industry clusters and providing research and resources industry clusters require to thrive.

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