Articles by SCMFG/Staff

Area Manufacturers visit BMW to learn more about Cyber Security in the Digital Age

Concerned manufacturers from around the Upstate descended upon the BMW Zentrum in Spartanburg County last week to hear a panel of experts discuss the emerging threat of cyber attacks on manufacturing supply lines. Hosted by BMW and moderated by the U.S. Commercial Service, GreerWalker’s Jon Hightower and Gallagher Insurance’s Jennifer Bolling sat alongside Cyber Security […]


A Question of Ethics

The recent reports about production short cuts, blind-eye approvals, optional safety devices, and corporate management failures have been painful to read. I can’t comment on the truthfulness of the statements made about Boeing and their senior managers as I certainly don’t know all the facts. I spent…


Under Siege; State Manufacturers Dig-in against Daily Cyber Attacks

To keep up with the pace of production and satisfy customer demand, today’s manufacturers have gone digital. Although Industry 4.0 and the increasing use of automation and robotics on the manufacturing floor space have plugged them in, the daily barrage of cyber-attacks on their supply lines have them on their heels. “Cyber-attacks have become a […]


High Paying Jobs in Manufacturing – Fact or Fiction?

One can’t attend an economic development forum, technical college recruitment, or any chamber of commerce meeting without hearing the mention of high paying jobs in South Carolina. In addition, employers (large and small) continue to scream for skilled workers. I’ve heard comments like, “Attend a trade school;…



How safe is your supply chain? SC manufacturers brace for cyber attacks

Manufacturers are prepared for what they can see coming, whether it be a broken machine, a logistical snag due to weather or workflow patterns. But gaps in production and the delivery of those goods are not tolerated here. However, the emerging threat of cyber attacks can hit…


Drones – The First Step to Autonomous Human Flight

I received my first recreational drone for Christmas three years ago. It was a pretty simple system. The frame was light weight plastic with four independently powered props. It had an on-board camera that could take still pictures and videos. It also had colored tip lights to…


BASF ramping up Mauldin operations

German chemicals giant BASF is stepping up operations at one of its Upstate facilities in 2019 to enable production of pearlizers and opacifiers used in cosmetic products. The capacity addition will allow the company to meet the increasing demand for pearlizers and opacifiers, improve supply reliability, and…


OSHA’s new record-keeping requirements will impact entire state

Want to avoid a visit and possible fine from OSHA? New standards on electronic record-keeping has the organization coming to Greenville to highlight what South Carolina companies need to know in 2019. Life and Safety Consultant Inc. will host a free seminar Feb. 22, with Anthony Wilks,…


Could South Carolina Be The Place?

It’s a valid question. It’s not too presumptuous to think. Why not? Could South Carolina be the home to the next supersonic commercial airplane? Perhaps this isn’t on anyone’s radar screen yet. For decades, there has been discussion of a new supersonic commercial airplane. During my Boeing…