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SCMEP & SCDOC continue partnership with Michelin to provide access to Talents for Manufacturing Program

February 1, 2023

GREENVILLE, S.C. (February 1, 2023) — The South Carolina Department of Commerce, South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP) and Michelin North America, Inc. have committed to a second year of the Talents for Manufacturing program, making technical maintenance training available to all manufacturers in the state.

For more than 40 years, the Michelin AP Technical Training School has been committed to developing technical employees through innovative and effective world-class training. Michelin North America, headquartered in Greenville, made this training available to South Carolina manufacturers through its Talents for Manufacturing program in 2022.

Based on industry feedback, Michelin Talents for Manufacturing now includes new training in addition to core offerings from the previous year: a Mechanical Technology Hand Skills and Electrical Troubleshooting course. These new course offerings place students in a shop environment for 75% of the course allowing them to optimize relatable skills on task focused projects.

Working in partnership with the state Department of Commerce, SCMEP will provide funds to cover up to 50% of the cost of the registration fees for Talents for Manufacturing training classes for qualified* South Carolina manufacturers.

About Michelin North America
Michelin, the leading mobility company, is working with tires, around tires and beyond tires to enable Motion for Life. Dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility and sustainability, Michelin designs and distributes the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its customers’ needs. Michelin provides digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences. Bringing its expertise to new markets, the company is investing in high-technology materials, 3D printing and hydrogen, to serve a wide variety of industries—from aerospace to biotech. Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, Michelin North America has approximately 22,500 employees and operates 34 production facilities in the United States and Canada. (

About S.C. Manufacturing Extension Partnership
The South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership is a private, non-profit group that serves as a proven resource to South Carolina manufacturing companies, providing them with a range of innovative strategies and solutions. An affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), SCMEP operates under the U.S. Department of Commerce to promote innovation and industrial competitiveness.

About S.C. Department of Commerce
As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. With a strong international footprint, the Palmetto State has consistently been among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign direct investment on a per capita basis – recognized by multiple economic development publications for its pro-business climate. For more information, visit

*A qualified company is a company that is a manufacturer (approved NIST manufacturing NAICS code) and is located in South Carolina. S.C. Department of Commerce funds are not available to train employees that do not work in the qualified company’s South Carolina location(s). Funds will cover a portion of class registration fees only. Funds cannot be used to cover registrant travel, lodging, meals, or salaries. Funds cannot be co-mingled with other grant funds such as Incumbent Worker Training, Rapid Response, etc. Funds are available for classes that start after July 1, 2022, and will be completed prior to June 30, 2023. SCMEP does not offer memberships and previous engagement with SCMEP is not a requirement for eligibility. Please note that all qualified manufacturers must register through the SCMEP website to access available funding.