South Carolina selected as site for major aerospace conference


South Carolina’s emerging presence in the aerospace sector is forcing others to take notice. SpeedNews, a news and information source for aerospace executives around the world, will hold its 4th Annual Aerospace Manufacturing Conference in Charleston May 3-4.

The event will focus on key manufacturing aspects including tooling, machining, equipment, components, electronics, advanced materials and manufacturing, engineering, and technological systems.

Steve Townes, Chairman, SC Aerospace and CEO, Ranger Aerospace, said SpeedNews is a leading voice in the industry and SC Aerospace is honored and proud they have selected South Carolina as the location for the national conference.

The global aerospace industry is watching the growth of the Southeast, arguably the fastest-growing regional concentration of aerospace and aviation companies in the world, he said. The SpeedNews conference will bring together the leaders of major manufacturers and suppliers in the aerospace industry to discuss manufacturing capabilities and processes, best practices, advancements and innovations, automation, industry trends and forecasts.

In addition to offering a tour of aerospace facilities in the Charleston area May 4, the conference will also provide company presidents, vice presidents, directors, C-level executives, general managers, procurement, production, sales and marketing, R&D, engineers, investment, and quality control professionals, the opportunity to network and gain a full understanding of the aerospace manufacturing industry.

Sen. Tim Scott credits the state’s manufacturing prowess for attracting international notoriety and industry-specific events.

Over the past decade, South Carolina has seen its economic renaissance led by manufacturing and aerospace manufacturing has been a huge part of that, from small businesses in the supply chain to international leaders, he said.  This year’s Aerospace Manufacturing Conference in Charleston will serve to showcase the capabilities and innovations of the industry and why they have become so important to South Carolina and the national economy.

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