Workforce

SCETV and Toppe Bros. Partner on Workforce Show

For too long South Carolina has lagged in workforce development, leaving our state short on skilled hands, headquartered companies, research, and development. THE ANSWER: An incumbent workforce of native South Carolinians, grown and nurtured inside one of our 46 counties, educated in our public schools and in our…



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 the last 14 years, nearly every chamber event […]


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…


Is there an echo in the room? Another South Carolina Company hinges success on Workforce

Recently, South Carolina Manufacturing (SCMFG) sat down with Preston Patnoude, the Managing Director of Edgewater Automation in Spartanburg, to discuss the state’s business climate, wants and needs. (SCMFG) What in-state organizations, fellow manufactures and business service providers did Edgewater Automation utilize to achieve its current market standing? (Preston…


Connecting the dots of opportunity

The following article is about how I “Connect The Dots” in a changing world.  During my career, I have developed an innate sense to help people with any issue they have by providing solutions. Sometimes that solution is just introducing people to other people that can help. I am…


Mechatronics and the future of the automated workforce

Advanced systems of manufacturing bring vibrant economic changes and business growth — two things that are beneficial to the business landscape of South Carolina. Think about the manufacturing evolution of antilock brakes, photocopiers and windshield wipers. All efficient, user-friendly products made from the use of advanced manufacturing…


South Carolina to lose 400 jobs in wake of Caterpillar layoffs

  Caterpillar is set to lay off more than 800 workers nationwide over the next year and a half, almost half of them in South Carolina. As part of a restructuring in the face of losses, the company will move production of its generator set business in…


Will Boeing cuts lead to job loss in South Carolina? Company Official says no

While Boeing is positioning to cut jobs globally, the cuts won’t impact the company’s operations in Charleston, a spokeswoman for the company said. On Wednesday, Boeing announced in an internal memo that it would cut 4,000 jobs by this summer to reduce costs and stay competitive. Some…