Post and Courier
November 23, 2014

Auto Briefs

Posted: 01/11/2014 12:01 a.m.
Updated: 01/12/2014 12:55 a.m.


Up with the show

Car enthusiasts can see - and in some cases, test drive - new autos and $1 million worth of exotic and luxury rides this weekend in Greenville.

The Upstate-based South Carolina International Auto Show promises more than 250 models including 2014 edition cars, trucks, SUVs and hybrids at the TD Convention Center through Sunday.

According to organizers, all-new or redesigned vehicles include the Acura RLX, Cadillac CTS sedan, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Dodge Durango, Honda Civic coupe, Jeep Cherokee, Fiat 500L, Ram 1500, Subaru Forester and Toyota Corolla. Display cars for 2015 also will be on hand, notably the Chevrolet Colorado, Silverado HD and Suburban and the GMC Yukon.

Attendees can take part in free on-site test drives of more than 25 vehicles from Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Fiat, Buick, Chevrolet and GMC.

Backers say the auto show is the ideal place to check out the brand new models, "inspect engines, kick tires, count cup holders, check trunk space, test drive vehicles in a no-pressure, non-selling environment."

The event also will be showing more high-end exotic cars than anytime in the past, organizers point out.

The South Carolina Automobile Dealers Association and The Greenville News sponsor the yearly show. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors 62 and above and children 7 to 12. Children age 6 and below get in free.

For more information, visit www.SouthCarolinaAutoShow.com.

Dorchester County 'representing'

Fitting for a country - Germany - known for its engineering, the German American Chambers of Commerce presents a Trainer of the Year award.

This year's winner Mike Bryan works in the upper part of South Carolina as training specialist at the Bosch Rexroth Fountain Inn Manufacturing Facility. He was recognized last month in New York for "his involvement with the company's apprenticeship program."

As it turns out, Bryan holds a Charleston area connection. According to the award announcement, the training specialist in 2008 "transferred to Rexroth's Fountain Inn facility from the Bosch facility (in Dorchester County) to implement the new apprenticeship program."

To date, Bryan has trained 769 apprentices covering 32 of his 36 years with Bosch. The announcement doesn't say how long he worked at the Bosch automotive plant off Dorchester Road or how many apprentices he trained there.

The German American Chambers of Commerce award, according to the group, honors employees at German subsidiaries "that demonstrate excellence in workforce training by fostering advanced skills and competence development, especially in young people."

As part of Bosch's investment in developing the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills of the next generation, the Fountain Inn two-year apprenticeship program, which Bryan oversees, allows engineering students to earn valuable on-the-job training and experience, the company said.

"The program consists of a fabrication shop, machine shop, sign shop, and engineering co-op programs. Through a partnership with Greenville Technical College, apprentices work at Rexroth's Fountain Inn facility and attend classes to gain advanced manufacturing skills," according to Bosch.

In addition, Bryan started a high school team in Laurens County School District to participate in FIRST Robotics, "a highly challenging, student-driven international robotics competition." Bosch noted that the school district "embraced" the program, which has grown into additional teams for the middle and elementary schools.

"This award is a tribute to Mike's dedication to help young people develop the skills that they - and Bosch Rexroth - will need for future growth in our rapidly changing economy," said Mike McCormick, technical plant manager for the Bosch Rexroth Fountain Inn facility.

"Manufacturing jobs - especially today's high-tech, well-paid manufacturing jobs - strengthen the foundation for vibrant, thriving communities," he said.

Bosch Rexroth offers its customers hydraulics, electric drives and controls, pneumatics, gear technology and linear motion and assembly technology all from one source.

To learn more, visit www.boschrexroth-us.com.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In fiscal 2012, its 306,000 associates generated sales of $67.5 billion. For more information, go to www.boschusa.com.