For the second year in a row, Governor Nikki Haley has proclaimed the first week in October as South Carolina Manufacturing Week in recognition of the important role manufacturing plays in our local economy. Governor Haley also encouraged South Carolinians to join with employers, their employees, and families across the nation to celebrate National Manufacturing Day on October 7, 2016.
The manufacturing industry plays a key role in economic growth in South Carolina with $3.01 billion in manufactured goods exports in 2015. Advanced manufacturing firms employ more than 231,600 individuals in our state, representing approximately 12% of the workforce, with an average annual compensation of $68,676. Manufacturing jobs in South Carolina grew 13.5 percent from January 2011 to December 2014, nearly double the 7 percent average of all other Southeastern states. Much of this growth is the result of new investments right here in the Lowcountry by industry leaders such as Boeing, Mercedes-Benz Vans, and many others. Volvo Cars will also soon be contributing to the state’s continued growth in manufacturing jobs.
“Manufacturing jobs in South Carolina are highly-skilled and represent various technologies including everything from robotics to 3-D printing on the factory floor,” explained Dr. Nancy Muller, director of the Lowcountry Graduate Center. “In order to meet the workforce development needs of today and tomorrow, it will be important for us to continue to expand access to graduate education in such fields as engineering, project management, and computer science. We appreciate the Governor’s unending support for these efforts.”
To celebrate Manufacturing Week in the South Carolina, the Lowcountry Graduate Center has partnered with the Charleston chapters of SME and ASQ to host a panel discussion on Tuesday, October 4 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. as part of the 2016 Lowcountry Manufacturing & Quality Expo. This free event is intended for any students who want to learn more about a career in advanced manufacturing, engineering, or computer science and will feature panelists from Aerotek and the South Carolina Office of Career and Technology Education. Click here to learn more about the Engineering and Manufacturing Career Panel.