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2-DAY CONFERENCE AND EXPO

OCTOBER 29-30.2019

CHARLESTON AREA CONVENTION CENTER // NORTH CHARLESTON, SC

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 Economic Forecast, Workforce Development Breakfast, Executive Women’s Panel, Manufacturing Apprenticeship Breakfast, a dozen 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.

THE COUNTDOWN TO THE 2019 CONFERENCE HAS BEGUN!

EXPOSITION

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

Our exhibitors get plenty of perks, including entry into a private B2B Matchmaking Event with the state's largest OEMs and 1st tier suppliers. Reserving a booth is easy. Just click "MORE INFO" to download a booth reservation form and to see a list of last year's exhibitors. PRESENTED BY:

EXHIBITOR SPOTLIGHT

SIKA CORPORATION offers a full range of industrial and commercial floor and wall solutions

Sika will be exhibiting at the SC Manufacturing Conference and Expo for the third year. Sika is not a one-solution-fits-all supplier. They will work with a company's design team to understand facility needs and budget, time allowance and aesthetic requirements.

B2B Matchmaking Event

Meet OEMs and 1st tier suppliers in one-on-one setting. Make connections. Sell your wares.

One of the most popular events at the SC Manufacturing Conference is the annual B2B Matchmaking Event. Coordinated by the South Carolina Dept. of Commerce, this event provides the opportunity for qualified companies to meet large manufacturers in the hopes of making a "match."

AGENDA & SPEAKERS

Keynote Speakers. Economic Outlook. B2B Event. Panel Discussions. A Dozen Courses. MORE!

Although the agenda and speaker line-up for the 2019 SC Manufacturing Conference has yet to be announced, it won't be long! Attendees can expect highly renown speakers providing keynotes at four luncheon and breakfast events. And a dozen courses for manufacturing employees are planned.

AWARDS LUNCHEON

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. Click "MORE INFO" to apply for this year's awards. PRESENTED BY:

WORKFORCE BREAKFAST

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:

APPRENTICESHIP EVENT

Manufacturers Can Grow Skilled Talent Pipeline With On-the-Job-Training Program for Students

South Carolina manufacturers are discovering that registered youth apprenticeship is a proven method to addressing skills gap issues. Apprenticeship programs combine classroom studies with supervised training in an actual work setting. Get all the details. PRESENTED BY:

PREFERRED HOTEL

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

SC Aerospace Joins 2019 SC Manufacturing Conference and Expo

SC Council on Competitiveness’ SC Aerospace Cluster Partners with SC Biz News and SCMEP on State’s Most Significant Manufacturing Event

SC Aerospace, an industry cluster supported by the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, has partnered with SC Biz

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Sponsors and Partners

Title Sponsors

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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