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Manufacturing Day 2016 Success

October 12, 2016

Manufacturing Day 2016 was a huge success and we would like to thank all of you who participated! This national program was designed to expand knowledge about and improve the perception of manufacturing careers and manufacturing’s value to the North American economy. Carolina CoverTech, Harsco Rail, and EdVenture were postponed due to weather conditions from Hurricane Matthew. Stay tuned for make-up dates.

Tuesday, October 4th, was Open House at our Headquarters in Columbia, SC. Light hors d’oeuvres were served and several of our staff members were in attendance. Clemson University Workforce Development was also on-site for Virtual Reality demos.

CFO, Stacy Smith, and Sales Office Coordinator, Tina Coolidge, are Manufacturing Heroes at Open House! #MFGDAY16

Wednesday, October 5th, was the Bausch + Lomb plant tour in Greenville, SC. Bausch + Lomb, a Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. company, is a leading global eye health organization that is solely focused on protecting, enhancing, and restoring people’s eyesight. They globally develop, manufacture and market one of the most comprehensive product portfolios in the industry, which are available in more than 100 countries.

Also on Wednesday, October 5th, was the Alfmeier Friedrichs & Rath plant tour in Greenville, SC. AFR’s expertise is in sophisticated plastic injection molding. The majority of their products are for cars for GM, Chrysler, Ford, BMW, Mercedes, Hyundai, Volkswagen, and other original equipment (OE) vehicle manufacturers. Though they qualify their products through the OE’s, they focus working and on selling to Tier 1 companies – those that sell larger systems directly to the car manufacturers.

Thursday, October 6th, was the ZF Transmissions plant tour in Gray Court, SC. Roughly 240 attendees were present, including over 140 students from surrounding counties. ZF Transmissions Gray Court, is the production site for the 8- and 9-speed automatic transmissions for passenger cars. For those who have any interest in the automotive industry and its latest news, then it’s safe to say you’ve probably heard of ZF’s latest technology, the 9-speed automatic transmission (9HP) for passenger cars, the revolutionary transmission, which was first revealed at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.