Friday, November 10

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (EST)
Manufacturing Expo

Visit the Manufacturing Expo to have access to our Exhibitors. The Expo Floor spans approximately three football fields in size and attendees are encouraged to explore the entire space.

8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (EST)
GETTING TECHNICAL: How your company can successfully navigate the digital transformation landscape

Technological advancements in the manufacturing industry are occurring at a rapid pace. Adapting to the digital revolution is crucial — and expensive. Our panel of experts will offer tips and best practices to implement a cost-effective digital transformation strategy at your company that ushers in a new era of production while preparing your workforce for the next wave of automation.


  • Andy Bonnett, manufacturing engineering manager, Sargent Metal
  • Ramy Harik, professor of mechanical engineering, University of South Carolina
  • Grant Phillips, CEO, United Robotics Group Americas
  • Toby Stansell, CEO, Cargo
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (EST)
26th Annual SCMEP Salute to Manufacturing Awards Luncheon, keynote and lieutenant governor address

The 26th annual awards luncheon will honor South Carolina manufacturers in a variety of categories. The judging process is coordinated by the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership. Lunch will be provided, and pre-registration is required.

KEYNOTE: Rodger D. Fuller, chief operating officer, Sonoco Products Co.

Rodger D. Fuller leads global manufacturing for Sonoco Products Co., a publicly traded global provider of packaging products based in Hartsville, S.C. With net sales of approximately $7.3 billion in 2022, the company, founded in 1899, has approximately 22,000 employees working in more than 300 operations around the world, serving the world’s best-known brands. Before becoming COO, Fuller was executive vice president of Sonoco, overseeing all industrial and consumer operations globally which served customers across 36 countries as well as Sonoco’s Supply Management and Logistics organization.

Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette address:

Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette will deliver remarks following the keynote.

Nominations are now closed.