Articles by SCMFG/Staff

Carolina Handling celebrates 55 years

The following content was provided by WSPA’s Livin’ Upstate Brent Hillabrand grew up in a forklift family, watching and learning the ins and outs of the industry from his father’s lift trucks dealership. Today, Hillabrand leads a team of more than 600 associates as President & CEO…


AMBAC International Open Book Management gets Results

AMBAC International achieved a huge turn-around at their Elgin, South Carolina plant. This 100 year-old, employee-owned facility already had great talent but they were struggling financially. In 2018, their CEO, Robert Isherwood, implemented a new management operating system which not only engaged the workforce but also unified…


PolyQuest, Inc. rebrands in celebration of over two decades in business

Wilmington, N.C. (October 19, 2021) – PolyQuest, Incorporated (PolyQuest), the leading distributor of PET resins and a manufacturer of recycled PET resins in North America, announces a rebrand that unveils a new and improved website, an updated logo, and enhanced communication materials.   The company’s brand refresh is…


Who is Gretchen Philyaw?

Who is Gretchen Philyaw? Gretchen Philyaw is an industry CEO and noted columnist for a variety of global publications including Innovation & Tech Today and Plastics News.  With her industry-specific experience and flare for marketing, Philyaw brings a human element to the sectors of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Her dedication to the revival of American manufacturing extends […]



Press Release: SCMA Statement on SC Ports Authority Leadership Change Announcement

(Columbia, South Carolina) – The South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (SCMA) released the following statement from its President and CEO, Sara Hazzard, regarding the announcement made during the State of the Port 2021 that Jim Newsome, President and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority, will retire in…


Just like it was yesterday

I didn’t think I would get emotional on the 20-year anniversary last month. My wife and I were driving east on Interstate 20 coming into Atlanta following a visit to see our granddaughters in Texas. It was the morning of September 11th. Nearly every overpass was full…


Stanley Black & Decker Connected Factory Improves Operations & Increases U.S. Jobs

The OpExChange closed out Q3 of 2021 with a visit to Stanley Black & Decker’s (SB&D) state-of-the-art facility in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Several peer OpExChange members traveled from across the Carolinas to participate. In addition to sharing their Industry 4.0 progress they also provided guidance to…


PolyQuest forms Renuva Plastics to acquire U.S. division of Faith Group Company

Wilmington, N.C. (October 5, 2021) – PolyQuest, Incorporated (PolyQuest), the leading distributor of PET resins and a manufacturer of recycled PET resins in North America, announced today the formation of Renuva PlasticsTM, LLC (a wholly-owned subsidiary of PolyQuest dba Faith Group USA), which will acquire the U.S. division…


Daedalus Industrial is ready to add a Senior Mechanical Engineer to their team

Daedalus Industrial is looking for a Senior Mechanical Engineer. If you are interested in this position, send your resume to info@daedalusindustrial.com. Position requirements: 1. Must have 3D Modeling Experience – software can vary (Solidworks preferred) 2. Participate as a member of the Engineering team, working to design…