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Manufacturing’s Continued Relevance in South Carolina
posted April 12, 2008
In the Courts of Conventional Wisdom, the evolution of the American
manufacturing industry sometimes suggests decline and, certainly,
anxieties are fueled when factory doors are closed and workers face the
challenge of re-entering the job market. However, we at the Silver
Crescent Foundation recognize that manufacturing remains a vital sector
of the South Carolina economy, and continues to foster economic
strength, provide jobs, and fuel a higher standard of living for our
In South Carolina, our ability to capitalize on the opportunities
afforded by the dynamic manufacturing industry, which is increasingly
innovative and changing at an increasing rate, will depend upon our
abilities to evolve and adapt in keeping with the challenges of this
emerging environment. This forces us to break free of our
“conventional” thinking about manufacturing, and further requires us to
become more innovative and proactive in preparing current and future
workers to successfully meet the demands of the manufacturing world.
The greatest need now cited by CEOs and economists is for highly
trained and motivated people to bring creativity, skill, and innovation
to the new world of manufacturing. Most workforce development
initiatives however, address the needs of current workers and tend to
focus on near-term pay back. Developing the future workforce that
possesses the discipline, culture and skills necessary to successfully
compete in the new world of manufacturing will require engaging the
next generation youth at an early age.
The Silver Crescent Foundation is dedicated to addressing the needs of
our future workforce pipeline by supporting programs that capture the
imaginations of our young people and foster a desire to become the
designers, engineers and manufacturing leaders of tomorrow. The
foundation draws on more than 30 years of experience in supporting
education, engineering and technology development in South Carolina.
Our programs are designed to foster a culture of creativity and
innovation among young people, while simultaneously helping them
understand the rewards of applying those skills to engineering and
manufacturing applications. As young people come to understand ways
engineering innovation betters people’s lives, and as they grasp the
connections between manufacturing vitality and personal economic
success, their interest in these areas will only grow.
The Foundation collaborates with a number of other nonprofit
organizations, business leaders, institutions of higher learning and
public school systems to accomplish this goal. We also strive to lead
the discussion among stakeholders addressing the future of
manufacturing in the region. Our intent is to attract, organize and
cultivate collaboration among the state’s most innovative manufacturing
leaders as we promote the business case for why manufacturing will
remain a cornerstone of South Carolina’s economy in the future.
South Carolina continues to attract and retain a large number of
manufacturing jobs and investment. In fact, the South Carolina
Department of Commerce recently reported another record-breaking year
for job creation and investment as numerous world-renowned businesses
chose to site new operations or expand existing ones in South Carolina.
World-class companies like Adidas, Carolina Fabrication, Cytec Carbon
Fibers, DuPont, Eastman Chemical, Starbucks, and National Choice Bakery
are just a few of the businesses that will continue to provide
opportunities for South Carolinians looking to enhance their quality of
life through jobs in manufacturing.
South Carolina’s global companies manufacture products consumed not
only by South Carolinians but also by consumers around the world. BMW
X-5s are made only in Greer, but are driven throughout the world. Aiken
is home to Kimberly-Clark’s largest North American manufacturing
operations for its globally-consumed personal care products, such as
Huggies® diapers and Kleenex® tissues. And in North Charleston,
fuselages are being made for Boeing’s newest airplane, the 787
Dreamliner, which will carry passengers around the globe.
While the products are vastly different, these companies rely on
cutting-edge technology and a knowledgeable workforce to be
competitive. If companies are going to continue to choose South
Carolina for their manufacturing operations, it is imperative that we
keep the pipeline full of capable and engaged workers. That’s what
makes our work to encourage the next generation to pursue careers in
engineering, technology and manufacturing so important.
On Monday, May 5th, the Silver Crescent Foundation, along with the
South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership, will host the 13th
annual Salute to Manufacturing at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention
Center. We will pay tribute to those manufacturing companies that find
value in achieving success in the marketplace, in their community and
in the hands and hearts of their employees.
We will also recognize students that participate in the South Carolina
Design Challenge – a program that gives students in grades 1 – 12 an
opportunity to learn about the role of manufacturing and engineering in
South Carolina. Competitors create graphic designs portraying a
dynamic, positive image of manufacturing and engineering in their local
communities and throughout the state.
By participating in the Design Challenge, these young people begin to
realize the importance of the industry and become aware of career
opportunities within manufacturing, technology and engineering. The
winning students receive scholarships and their schools receive
No other sector contributes more – whether it’s job creation, high
wages, tax payments or community support than the more than 4,800
manufacturers that are the economic backbone of our state. And making
sure that South Carolina has the pipeline of engaged and creative
professionals ready to lead us into the next generation is paramount to
our state’s ongoing economic growth and prosperity.
Tony M. Smith
Tony Smith is President of the Silver Crescent Foundation.
For more information, visit http://www.SalutetoManufacturing.org
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