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State’s Leading Manufacturing Organizations Announce Historic Partnership

June 28, 2022

South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance, South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership to increase collaborative efforts to further fuel manufacturing industry and companies

COLUMBIA, S.C., and GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 28, 2022) — Two organizations dedicated to supporting and growing the manufacturing industry and assisting manufacturing companies in the state of South Carolina have announced a formal partnership.

After working together as allies for many years, the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (SCMA) and the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP) have formalized their relationship with the goal of developing greater synergies and collaborative efforts that promise to further elevate the industry and manufacturers statewide.

Each organization provides valuable and unique services for the state’s manufacturing community. SCMA has a legacy of ensuring manufacturers have the right legislative climate and network that encourages growth and prosperity for the facilities operating in the state. SCMEP has a long history of providing a wide range of consulting and training services that helps small- to medium-sized manufacturers increase their competitiveness.

A primary aim of the partnership will focus on increased promotion of the services the two organizations provide, ensuring more companies are able to access their support and, in the process, further strengthening the state’s overall manufacturing environment.

“The S.C. Manufacturers Alliance and our colleagues at the S.C. Manufacturing Extension Partnership have always worked toward the same goal — creating the most supportive manufacturing environment possible,” SCMA President & CEO Sara Hazzard said. “By creating and committing to a more formal partnership, we will be better equipped to learn from each other, build on each other’s work, and provide a comprehensive resource for manufacturing companies in our state.”

“Our two organizations share a common vision, and our combined approach will help ensure manufacturers have the tools and environment they need to thrive,” SCMEP President & CEO Andy Carr said. “This is an important development for our industry, and I’m excited to start working more closely with the passionate team at SCMA on behalf of manufacturers in South Carolina.”

About S.C. Manufacturers Alliance
The South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance is the only statewide organization dedicated exclusively to the interests of manufacturers. Its mission is to strengthen and advance South Carolina manufacturing by advocating for our members, fostering a world-class workforce, and bringing together manufacturers to connect, share, and solve industry challenges. The SCMA membership is comprised of more than 200 manufacturing companies that represent more than 100,000 associates in South Carolina.

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.
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