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Greenville Chamber to Celebrate Upstate Manufacturers

Published Tuesday, September 25, 2018 11:55 am

(Greenville, SC) The Greenville Chamber will celebrate Upstate manufacturers at the annual BBQ Bash on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at the Greenville Technical College Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI). This is the sixteenth year the Greenville Chamber has held the annual celebration of this important sector.

This annual event brings together around 400 attendees to honor and celebrate the manufacturers who choose to operate in the Upstate. In addition to the manufacturing community, other attendees include suppliers, staffing professionals and other service providers.

During the Bash, attendees enjoy networking, BBQ, robotics demonstrations from high school students, live music and tours of CMI. This is the only event in Upstate SC that serves as purely a celebration of manufacturers.

This event is one of several events the Greenville Chamber is hosting throughout the week. On Wednesday, the Chamber’s Leadership Greenville program participants will tour facilities including Bausch + Lomb, Hubbell Lighting, Michelin North America, JTEKT North America Corporation and Sandvik Coromant. Prior to the BBQ Bash on Thursday, approximately 70 guidance counselors and school administrators will tour the CMI facility to learn more about advanced manufacturing. On Friday, during the National Association of Manufacturers Manufacturing Day®, the Chamber is partnering with Greenville County Schools and Greenville Technical College to showcase Upstate manufacturing opportunities to hundreds of high school seniors. The half-day event seeks to inform students and guidance counselors of opportunities in the advanced manufacturing sector and encourage students to consider it a viable career option.

The Manufacturing Institute estimates that, nationally, more than 2 million manufacturing jobs of the 3 million coming open through 2025 will not be filled for various reasons. With more than 1,800 manufacturing firms in the Upstate employing more than 100,000 people, we must do better than that. It is imperative that we showcase manufacturing opportunities to students and to those that can influence our future workforce. The BBQ Bash is not only a platform to thank manufacturers for choosing the Upstate, but also an opportunity to educate the community on the impact of and the opportunity afforded by this important sector.

Manufacturers receive three complimentary registrations to the event. To learn more and to register, visit

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