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 458 West Blackstock Road , Spartanburg, SC, US, 29301

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Hejaz Shrine Circus
Spartanburg Memorial AuditoriumApril 14, 2015 7:00 PM
385 North Church Street
Spartanburg, SC 29303
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S.c. Manufacturing Conference & Expo 2015
TD Convention CenterApril 14, 2015 8:00 AM
1 Exposition Drive
Greenville, SC 29607
Agenda MONDAY April 13th  5:30 p.m. VIP Cocktail Reception (Invitation Only) Venue: Commerce Club, located at top of One Liberty Square, downtown Greenville. TUESDAY  April 14th 7:45 a.m. -- Registration and Refreshments 8:30 a.m. -- Conference Welcome Speaker: Grady Johnson, President and Group Publisher, SC Biz News, Charleston, SC 8:45 a.m. -- Keynote Welcome Keynote Speaker: TBA   9:30 a.m. -- Cyber-Threats and the Future of Security for Manufacturers Topic Summary: As computing becomes more sophisticated and integrated into the manufacturing process, so does the potential for hackers to penetrate manufacturing systems and intellectual property. The panel will explore the current challenges facing IT departments and new ideas for cyber security in manufacturing. Session Chair: Michael McGrath, Consultant, Sr. Tech Advisor at Analytic Services, Reston, VA Panelist: Keith Stoufer, Mechanical Engineer, Intelligent Systems Division, NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), Gaithersburg, MD Panelist: John Toomer, Director of Intelligence, Information and Cyber Systems, Boeing, Washington DC   10:45 a.m. Venture Capital and Creating Ecosystems for Manufacturing Start-ups  Topic Summary: Many small to medium-sized manufacturers have difficulty finding funding programs to bridge the gap from R&D to commercialization due to long-term return on investment, risk, and many other factors. The discussion will give an overview of established programs and explore existing and future funding models.  Session Chair: Bill Mahoney, Chief Exec. Officer, SCRA Applied Technologies in Columbia, SC  Panelists: TBA   Noon Salute to Manufacturing Awards Luncheon  A number of excellence awards, including the prestigious Silver Crescent Award, will be handed out to South Carolina manufacturers at this annual luncheon. This award recognizes exemplary manufacturing operations, which demonstrate superior performance in seven categories, including: Citizenship, Employee Engagement, Customer Satisfaction, Environmental Stewardship, Innovation, Financial Performance and Longevity Plan. Ticket purchase required. Emcee: Tom Crabtree, News anchor, WSPA-TV, 7 On Your Side, CBS affiliate, Spartanburg, SC Keynote Speaker: Nikki Haley, Governor, South Carolina   2:00 p.m. Challenges and Opportunities for Next-Generation Manufacturing Topic Summary: Customers design and quantity requirements are increasingly pushing suppliers into flexible manufacturing systems that allow transition from large-scale production to small runs and back again. The presenter will discuss opportunities presented by todays manufacturing challenges to profitably determine the path of products and process innovation. Presenter: Tom Kurfess, Professor and HUSCO/Ramirez Distinguished Chair in Fluid Power and Motion Control at Georgia Institute of Technology,Atlanta, GA. Director, Campbell Graduate Engineering Center Topic Summary: Manufacturing success in the future will increasingly rely upon international coordination and cooperation in research and development between governments and other entities. The presenter will outline some existing models for international cooperation and coordination. Presenter: Dan Nagy, Managing Director, Inter-Regional Secretariat at Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS), Arlington, VA 3:15 p.m. Digital Manufacturing and The Future of Long-Term Data Retention  Topic Summary: Traditional product timelines from R&D to production are lengthy and capital intensive. The presenter will explore innovations in digital manufacturing strategies to reduce the time and cost of producing complex systems and parts, strengthen the supply chain and reduce acquisition costs.  Presenter: Dean Bartles, Executive Director, Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute at UI Labs, Chicago, IL  Topic Summary: As manufacturers design and plan on digital platforms, international standards for data storage and retrieval need to be established to mitigate data loss due to future obsolescence of IT systems. This session explores the need to create a system that has the staying power of paper blueprints.  Presenter: Don Hemmelgarn, Sr. Executive VP, International Technegroup, ITI, Inc., Milford, OH 4:30 The State of Manufacturing in South Carolina  Keynote Speaker: Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce, South Carolina    5:00 -- Press Conference  Location: GSA Business, 7 On Your Side Media Center (on Exhibit Floor)    5:15 p.m. Cocktail Reception  Location: Exhibit Floor   WEDNESDAY April 15th 7:30 a.m. Creating a Skilled Workforce A breakfast will be served prior to the panel discussion. Topic Summary: Manufacturers throughout South Carolina continue to struggle to find qualified employees to fill myriad of open positions. High school seniors are increasingly beginning to make manufacturing their career choice. However, the gap between available jobs and available homegrown talent remains significant. Panelists will explore ways to close that gap. Ticket Purchase Required. Moderator: Chris William, Executive Producer, Carolina Business Review Panelist: Jimmie Williamson, President, SC Technical College System, Columbia, SC Panelist: Molly Spearman, State Superintendent of Education, South Carolina Panelist: Dr. Keith Miller, President, Greenville Technical College Panelist: Henry Giles, President, Spartanburg Community College Panelist: Cheryl Stanton, Executive Director, SC Dept. of Employment & Workforce 10:30 a.m. Supply Chains of the Future Topic Summary: Many global supply chains are not equipped to cope with a future where the relative advantage of manufacturing locations can change quickly. Some innovative manufacturers are preparing themselves by splintering their existing supply chains into smaller, nimbler ones to manage higher levels of complexity and reconfiguring their manufacturing footprints as hedges against uncertainty. The panel will look at how leaders are preparing today to get more from their supply chains in an uncertain future. Moderator: TBA Panelist: Peter Straub, Executive Director, South Carolina Applied Research Center for Supply Chain and Logistics, Summerville, SC Panelist: David Stieren, Technical Manager, Program Development, NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), and Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Gaithersburg, MD Panelist: Alfred Haas, Dept. Mgr., Material and Transportation Control, Delivery Assurance, BMW Manufacturing Company Greer, SC   LUNCH ON YOUR OWN  1:15 p.m. -- Opportunities in Additive Manufacturing  Topic Summary: The U.S. Department of Energy anticipates that, compared to todays subtractive manufacturing processes, additive processes will reduce energy use by more than 50 percent. Combined with shorter lead times, mass customization, reduced parts count, more complex shapes, parts on demand, and less material waste, its no wonder that additive manufacturing is generating interest. Experts in the field will give the latest insights on how additive manufacturing will impact small to large manufacturers.  Moderator: Andy Owens, Managing Editor, SC Biz News  Panelist: James Simmons, Director of Additive Manufacturing, SIMT (Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing Technology), Florence, SC Panelist: Jim Williams, Vice President, Aerospace & Defense, R&D, 3D Systems Corporation, Langhorne, PA Panelist: Mark Cotteleer, Research Director, Deloitte Services, LP, Milwaukee, WI 2:30 p.m. Additive Manufacturing Demonstration  Presenter: Kevin Hunter, President, Simplified Office Systems   3:00 p.m. The Future of Intellectual Property for Manufacturers  Topic Summary: Some products which formerly were manufactured physical products are now being sold in digital form, with no manufacturing required. The internet of things, the open-source movement and the proliferation of 3D printing are producing an increased need for manufacturers of all kinds to secure returns from assets by paying more attention to IP issues. The panel will discuss this evolving playing field and look at ways to protect assets and take advantage of new business opportunities.  Moderator: TBA  Panelist: Natalie Corella, Exec. Vice President, Contracts & Compliance, SCRA, Summerville, SC  Panelist: Jason Allen Jennings, Attorney, Dority & Manning P.A., Greenville, SC Panelist: Douglas Kim, Attorney, McNair Law Firm, P.A., Greenville, SC   4:15 p.m. The Future of Manufacturing in South Carolina  Keynote Speaker: Pete Selleck, Chairman and President, Michelin North America    5:00 -- Press Conference Location: GSA Business, 7 On Your Side Media Center (on Exhibit Floor)    5:15 p.m. Cocktail Reception  Location: Exhibit Floor     OTHER CONFERENCE EVENTS  Monday Manufacturing Tours. Tour four Upstate manufacturing facilities on the Lean Process Improvement Journey  Tuesday Greenville Tech Advanced Manufacturing Job Fair   Tuesday and Wednesday -- 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Exposition for Manufacturing Suppliers    Tuesday and Wednesday Workshops, provided by AME (Association for Manufacturing Excellence)   Wednesday SCRA High School Career Fair
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2015 Greenville Technical College Advanced Manufacturing Job Fair - For Job Seekers
TD Convention CenterApril 14, 2015 9:00 AM
1 Exposition Drive
Greenville, SC 29607
Welcome to the 2015 Greenville Technical College Advanced Manufacturing Job Fair EventBrite page for Job Seekers! Please pre-register for this event today - It's Free! Meet with employers and APPLY on the spot!Learn how to qualify for thousands of high-paying jobsFind out how you can upgrade your manufacturing job skills with career training options This event is open to the public and is part of the 2015 S.C. Manufacturing Conference and Expo. We encourage attendees to dress as though attending a job interview and to bring at least 20 copies of their resume.
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Furman University Paladins Baseball vs. Usc Upstate Spartans Baseball
Latham Baseball StadiumApril 14, 2015 6:00 PM
3300 Poinsett Highway
Greenville, SC 29613
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Hejaz Shrine Circus
Spartanburg Memorial AuditoriumApril 15, 2015 7:00 PM
385 North Church Street
Spartanburg, SC 29303
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Hejaz Shrine Circus
Spartanburg Memorial AuditoriumApril 16, 2015 7:00 PM
385 North Church Street
Spartanburg, SC 29303
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