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3-DAY CONFERENCE AND EXPO

OCTOBER 28-30, 2020

GREENVILLE CONVENTION CENTER // GREENVILLE, SC

 

THE CONFERENCE

The 5th annual SC Manufacturing Conference and Expo has quickly become one of the largest manufacturing events in the Southeast. The most significant manufacturing event of the year in South Carolina will include anchor events such as: the 23rd annual Salute to Manufacturing Awards Luncheon, State of the Aerospace Industry Luncheon and the 2021 Automobile and Aerospace Economic Forecasts. Additional events include: Industry 4.0 Ted Talks, Building the Workforce of the Future, Executive Women in Manufacturing, 20 training courses for manufacturing employees, SHRM-accredited training for HR execs, and much more. THERE TRULY IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!

THE EXPOSITION

An exposition runs concurrently with the Manufacturing Conference. In 2019, more than 280 companies from across the Southeast set up exhibit booths to show their wares to 3,000+ conference attendees. The show floor is the equivalent size of three football fields and includes house exhibits such as: The Industry 4.0 Pavilion, Lockheed Martin’s F16 simulator (left), OEM Vendor Training Center, the Robot Wars Grandstand, networking lounges, coffee shops, and more. 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!

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APPLY: MANUFACTURING EXCELLENCE AWARDS

APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED: Excellence Awards Available in Five Categories

Awards winners will be honored at 23rd annual Salute to Manufacturing Awards Luncheon, the anchor event of the SC Manufacturing Conference and Expo. Award categories include: Innovator of Year, Outreach, Operational Excellence, Emerging Manufacturer and Lifetime Achievement. Judging process coordinated by SC Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

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EXPOSITION: 300+ Exhibitors From Across Southeast Anticipated to Show Wares

The annual exposition will run concurrently with all other conference events. The expo sets up on approximately three football fields of space and conference attendees must walk through show floor to get to all other events, ensuring maximum traffic for exhibitors. Click RESERVE to see exhibitor benefits, expo floor diagram and a list of current exhibitors.

HUMAN RESOURCE EXECUTIVE TRAINING DAY

DAY ONE, FULL-DAY SESSION: Participants Also Receive Manufacturing Conference Pass

HR execs from all industries will have opportunity to earn professional development credits (SHRM- and HRCI-certified) at full-day training session. Training day will include keynote speakers, workshops, vendor networking and a cocktail reception to end the day. Participants will also gain entry into "Building the Workforce of the Future." Check back often for more info.

BUILDING THE WORKFORCE OF THE FUTURE

DAY 2, MORNING SESSION: Manufacturing Execs and Educators Share Hiring Strategies

Workforce development issues continue to plague manufacturers as they struggle to fill open positions with qualified candidates. Industry 4.0 has changed the nature of existing jobs. Now employees are needed to operate within smart factories and learn nascent technologies, such as additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence and virtual reality. Event presented by:

STATE OF AEROSPACE INDUSTRY LUNCHEON

DAY 2, AFTERNOON SESSION: Luncheon to Feature Two Keynote Speakers

Since 2009, when Boeing selected North Charleston for its final assembly and delivery facility, the state's aerospace sector has soared. Now, with an annual economic impact of more than $9 billion, aerospace has evolved into a major pillar of South Carolina's economy. At this luncheon you'll hear experts talk about the state of the industry and what's on the horizon.

2021 AUTO & AERO ECONOMIC FORECASTS

DAY 2, AFTERNOON SESSION: National Experts Attempt to Predict the Future

The economic forecast session will follow the State of Aerospace Industry Luncheon. South Carolina is not only home to the BMW, Volvo, Mercedes and Boeing assembly facilities, but also thousands of other support companies that service them. What does the local, national and global future look like for these two booming industries? Find out at this luncheon. Event presented by:

EXECUTIVE WOMEN IN MANUFACTURING

DAY 3, MORNING SESSION: 10 Women Executives, 10 Mini Keynotes

A highly-qualified group of female business executives will discuss their path to the top of the manufacturing mountain. Hear how these women broke through the glass ceiling in an industry long dominated by their male counterparts. C-level executives will share their stories and provide advice for those that follow in their footsteps. Event presented by:

23RD MANUFACTURING AWARDS LUNCHEON

DAY 3, AFTERNOON SESSION: Manufacturers Compete for Excellence Awards; Keynote TBA

The 23rd annual Salute to Manufacturing Awards Luncheon is the anchor event of the SC Manufacturing Conference and Expo. Join 500+ manufacturing executives to see who takes home the top prizes, including the Outstanding Lifetime Service Award. Click MORE INFO to register for the event, apply for awards or see last year's winners. PRESENTED BY:

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.

Conference Partners

SC Tech College System

Comprised of 16 colleges located strategically across the state and two internationally-renowned statewide programs: readySC and Apprenticeship Carolina, the SC Technical College System is dedicated to furthering economic and workforce development in the state. It serves more than a quarter million South Carolinians each year.

SC Research Authority

By working in close alignment with academic institutions, entrepreneurs and industry, SCRA has defined three areas of focus: Advanced Manufacturing & Materials, Information Technology and Life Sciences. These sectors align with the strengths of the state’s workforce, institutional research and existing companies, and are drivers of innovation.

SC Dept. of Commerce

From assisting with the location of new sites and buildings to offering grants for community development and infrastructure improvement, the South Carolina Department of Commerce helps grow new and existing businesses. SC Commerce promotes economic opportunity for individuals and business through initiatives like workforce training.

Skyline Exhibit and Design

Skyline Exhibit and Design works closely with conference exhibitors to help with expo booth design ideas and inspiration. They help companies transform their brand into a larger-than-life event for conference attendees. They create exhibits with creative architecture, bold graphics and interactive elements.

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