Panel to Feature Manufacturing Leaders

Manufacturing continues to be a key driver in the South Carolina economy. With recent capital investment announcements, the future for manufacturing looks bright, The Society of Marketing and Professional Services (SMPS) Palmetto Chapter is hosting a Manufacturing Panel Discussion at CU ICAR on August 25, 2015.

Panelists include:

  • Catherine Hayes, Executive Director, SC Automotive Council
  • Andy Carr, Regional Vice President, SC Manufacturing Extension Partnership
  • Max Metcalf, Government & Community Relations Manager, BMW Manufacturing
  • Brian Gallagher, Marketing Director, O’Neal (Moderator).


The Port of Charleston and the Upstate’s I-85 corridor – two undisputed economic engines of South Carolina united by the newly established inland port. Volvo, Daimler and Boeing – three powerhouse manufacturers making blockbuster job announcements in the Lowcountry. BMW, Toray & Michelin – three of the Upstate’s nearly 1,400 manufacturers pledging over $3.95 billion in new building construction and expansion projects in the Upstate in 2014.

What do these numbers mean for South Carolina’s manufacturing industry, specifically in the ten-county Upstate region? Will Greenville remain in the top ten list of “America’s Engineering Capitals” (#6, Forbes, 2014) or will future growth head to the Lowcountry within the decade to come? Join representatives from South Carolina’s top manufacturing corporations and leading economic development officials on August 25th for a panel discussion as they weigh in on the state of manufacturing with regard to business recruitment, supply chain development, recent investments and challenges/opportunities for the A/E/C industry.


WHERE:     Clemson Univ. International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR)

5 Research Drive

Greenville, SC 29607



WHEN:           August 25, 2015

                           11:30 a.m. – Noon: Networking

                           Noon 1:00 p.m.: Program

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