Thursday, November 7

South Carolina Manufacturing Expo
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 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. – 9:30 a.m. (EST)
COFFEE KICKOFF/ Palmetto Proud Unveiling

This networking mixer will serve as the official welcome to the 2024 South Carolina Manufacturing Conference and Expo and the unveiling of the Palmetto Proud Made in SC program. Attendees will have a chance to vote for the most interesting products being manufactured right here in South Carolina during the manufacturing conference and expo. We’ll celebrate the winner during a special Friday event.

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. (EST)

PLUGGED IN: Connecting private investment with public infrastructure in EV manufacturing
What: Tech talk

South Carolina has experienced more than $5 billion in capital investment in EV/EV battery manufacturing over the past two years, yet the state ranks 37th in the nation for new EV purchases, and 23rd in the nation for the number of public electric charging stations. This session addresses what is being done to unify private investment with public infrastructure and sentiment in South Carolina.

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (EST)
Inaugural Best Places to Work in Manufacturing Awards/keynote address

This inaugural awards event recognizes the best places to work in manufacturing in South Carolina, honoring employers going above and beyond to elevate the workforce, followed by a keynote address.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EST)
ALL ABOUT AI: How your company can leverage artificial intelligence to enhance production and increase success
 What: Tech talk

Artificial intelligence is changing the face of the manufacturing industry, creating a new era of optimization. Our panelists address challenges posed by this emerging technology and reveal how you can leverage neural networks to improve production and take your company to new heights.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (EST)
PACKAGED WITH CARE: How a circular economy can drive sustainability in South Carolina
 What: Tech talk

 South Carolina has one of the worst corporate recycling rates in the country. Sustainability and the demand for more circular materials — packaging that can be reused, recycled or composted — is driving innovation like never before. Our panelists offer advice and best practices to implement a circular materials program at your company that can improve efficiencies and help save the environment.