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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, Manufacturing 4.0 Breakfast, Executive Women’s Panel, Manufacturing Apprenticeship Breakfast, 17 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.


Featured Speakers

Henry McMaster

State of South Carolina

Bobby Hitt

Secretary of Commerce
South Carolina

Nick Bowman

VP Engineering, Technology & Quality
GKN Aerospace

Suzanne Dickerson

Director of Logistics
SC Council on Competitiveness

Dan Ellzey

Exec. Director, Workforce Innovation

Sky Foster

Manager, Corporate Communications
BMW Manufacturing

Mike Fox

GM and Site Director
Lockheed Martin

Rob Morris

Global Head of Consultancy
Ascend by Cirium

Jim Newsome

President and CEO
SC Ports Authority

David Pritchard

Aerospace Researcher
SUNY Empire State College

Bob Quinn

Executive Director

Steve Townes

CEO, Founder
Ranger Aerospace


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 17 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.


DAY 1, MORNING SESSION: The Rise of Technology Leads to Fundamental Shift in Way We Do Business

“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:


DAY 1, AFTERNOON SESSION: Luncheon and Economic Forecasts for Tire, Auto, Aero Industries

The luncheon will feature two keynote speakers. Following the luncheon, SC Secretary of Commerce, Bobby Hitt, will speak in advance of the economic forecast session. Four industry experts will discuss what's on the horizon and take a stab at predicting the future.


DAY 2, MORNING SESSION: Apprenticeships are Changing Culture; Women Execs Lead the Way

The morning session includes an opening keynote followed by two panel discussions. Experts will discuss the popularity and benefits of apprenticeship programs, followed by a quartet of female business executives discussing their path to the top of the manufacturing mountain. Both panels include a moderator and four experts.


DAY 2, AFTERNOON SESSION: Governor Keynotes; Manufacturers Compete for Excellence Awards

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:


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

More than 230 booths have been reserved so far. LESS THAN 40 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:


Conference Host Embassy Suites by Hilton Conveniently Attached to Convention Center

This all-suites hotel offers a host of complimentary amenities for conference attendees. The conference can be accessed by an indoor walkway. 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.

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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 managing the state’s industry clusters and providing research and resources industry clusters require to thrive.

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