Gov. McMaster to keynote SC Manufacturing Conference

Gov. Henry McMaster will keynote the 2019 S.C. Manufacturing Conference and Expo on Oct. 30 at the Charleston Area Convention Center in North Charleston. The governor also is scheduled to hand out awards during the Salute to Manufacturing luncheon following his address.

Gov. Henry McMaster

The conference and expo begins at 7 a.m. Oct. 29 and ends at 2 p.m. Oct. 30.

Since McMaster became governor in January 2017, the state has announced more than 26,000 new jobs and more than $8.2 billion in capital investment, much of it in the manufacturing sector. Then lieutenant governor, McMaster was elevated to the governor’s office when Gov. Nikki Haley was named ambassador to the U.N. He was elected to his first full term last November.

“We’re glad to have the governor — who knows and appreciates the role of manufacturing in our state — join us along with an impressive list of speakers and instructors for what has become on of the largest manufacturing events in the Southeast,” said Rick Jenkins, conference director and publisher of GSA Business Report. “With more than 3,000 expected to attend from all over the country, along with 250 vendors in our expo, this is the most significant manufacturing event of the year for South Carolina.”

The show is presented by SC Biz News, SC Aerospace and SC MEP — the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership. The conference is produced by SC Biz News, the only statewide business news organization, which includes GSA Business Report, the Columbia Regional Business Report, the Charleston Regional Business Journal and SCBIZ magazine.

“The anchor event for the conference, the governor’s speech and the Salute to Manufacturing luncheon and awards program, has a 22-year history of its own,” Jenkins said. Thirty manufacturing awards will be handed out in 10 categories, including the award for lifetime achievement in manufacturing.

Also scheduled to speak is Bobby Hitt, South Carolina’s secretary of commerce. He will address the economic forecast session at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 29. Hitt had a lengthy career in journalism before going into economic development, according to his online biography. He played a role attracting BMW to South Carolina and later worked for the German automaker before being appointed to head the commerce department in 2011.

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