Workforce

Not your general issue manufacturing recruiter

A profile of Micah Cantley, Kidder Group VP and former Navy SEAL In the Beginning Cantley was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1989 and graduated from Fort Zumwalt West High School in nearby O’Fallon. Growing up, the future SEAL was a Cardinal fan and avid hockey…


Where Should Workforce Development Start?

KTM Solutions will celebrate 14 years in business in 2019. My wife and I founded KTM Solutions after 22 years working for large corporations. While employed by world class aircraft companies, I heard a steady stream of reports about the eminent work force shortage, particularly engineers. During…


Workforce Wants and Woes; Recruiting Firm Talks Manufacturing Labor Concerns

Recently, South Carolina Manufacturing (SCMFG) sat down with Gary Tompkins, the CEO of The Kidder Group in Greenville, to discuss workforce concerns in South Carolina. As companies grow or look to expand their footprint in state or out, it is critical these manufacturers have access to quality labor. Many…


Aerospace


Game on; T-X Advanced Jet Trainer Competition

The US Air Force T-X advanced jet trainer competition is in the final stages of source selection with an award expected in the first quarter 2018. It is seen by many as a contest between two aircraft, the existing Lockheed Martin/Korean Air T-50  and The Boeing/Saab T-X…


Private Equity changing industry landscape in South Carolina

Like the textile industry in the 1930s, aerospace manufacturing in the Southeast is a booming industry, having grown primarily because of private equity. And prospects for the future are rosy, given the availability of private capital to invest in what some feel is a sure thing. Since…


Legislation

An Interesting thread to pull; The South Carolina R&D Tax Credit

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, “South Carolina is a branch manufacturing state.” They tell us there’s not enough headquartering here, not enough research and development, but what if I told you the Palmetto State has a solution, in theory. South Carolina’s Research and Development…


Decisions, Decisions: Tax Season 2018 looms for Manufacturers

You’re not the only one confused by the tax issue. While it’s true that it might be the opportunity of a lifetime for many companies, tax expert David Jones of GreerWalker says it’s time to proceed with caution. Should you change your filing status to drop your…


Simplifying Regulatory Framework for SC Manufacturing

Our nation’s chemical sector is an $812 billion industry that directly provides jobs for nearly 800,000 people and supports jobs for seven million people in related fields. South Carolina has been home to a manufacturing revolution over the past decade and the revolution relies heavily on the…