The act of moving goods from place to place, whether from an airport, the waterfront, a railyard, a truck terminal or a warehouse, is getting a lot of love in South Carolina these days.
Last week, leaders from the so-called supply chain industry got together with business, public policy and government representatives in Columbia for the New Carolina’s annual South Carolina Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Summit.
This week, the S.C. Commerce Department and the State Ports Authority are two of the top sponsors of the Industrial Asset Management Council spring meeting at Charleston Place. The four-day conference is titled: “Ship-to-Shore, Door-to-Door: Our Evolving Global Supply Chain and Its Impact on Industrial Assets.”
Now, the College of Charleston is following up with the inaugural South Carolina Supply Chain Summit at its School of Business. It takes place Friday in the Beatty Center on Liberty Street. The all-day event is designed to form a cohesive strategy to meet needs of South Carolina businesses in areas such as logistics, transportation and supply chain management.
The list of speakers includes Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt and ports chief Jim Newsome. The panel discussions feature executives from some high-profile Palmetto State manufacturers such as BMW, Michelin and Boeing.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner has been making regular trips to Asia in the wake of a pair of smoky battery incidents on Japanese-owned 787 Dreamliners and their subsequent grounding.
Along with the 787 program’s chief engineer, Conner apologized to the Japanese and said they expect the jet to return to commercial service in a matter of weeks.
With the fix now being tested as part of a Federal Aviation Administration-approved process, the top local Boeing executive will be making a public appearance tour of his own this week.
On Tuesday, Jack Jones is scheduled to deliver the keynote address, “Boeing South Carolina: Making History” at the Industrial Asset Management Council forum at Charleston Place.
On Thursday, Jones, whose title is vice president and general manager, is the featured speaker at the Salute to Manufacturing luncheon in Greenville.
Other executives also will be making the rounds. Geoff Shuler, Boeing’s site integration leader, will be talking exports at a World Trade Center Charleston meeting Wednesday.
And to round out the week, Ray Healy, Boeing South Carolina’s director of production engineering, will address the S.C. Supply Chain Summit at the College of Charleston on Friday.
Ready for take-off
A year and a half after Anita Zucker and son Jonathan Zucker announced a subsidiary of their family-owned holding company would expand in North Charleston, the composites factory is ready for its close-up.
Gov. Nikki Haley will be on hand this afternoon to cut the ribbon at the Palmetto Commerce Parkway facility.
The plant will be the sixth location for The InterTech Group Inc. aerospace subsidiary TIG Hitco and will supply aircraft makers throughout the Southeast. TIG Hitco, which supplies parts for Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, also has facilities in Atlanta and Mexico.
The factory sits next to a series of data centers and across from the Daimler van making factory and the Streit car-armoring plant.
Going up in phases, it is expected to eventually cost as much as $40 million and employ 350, about a fifth of whom will be engineers and skilled technical workers.
It is supported by a government incentives package, including workforce training from ReadySC.