Manufacturing a major economic driver in SC

Oct 9, 2019

On October 4, we recognized National Manufacturing Day and the importance of manufacturing in the United States. Manufacturing is also a major economic driver in South Carolina, with $33.89 billion in manufactured goods exports in 2018, I am thankful for the jobs created.

Through the years, South Carolina has remained competitive in creating manufacturing jobs for South Carolinians through commitment to regulatory reform, apprenticeship programs, and state incentives.

I am grateful for the growth of manufacturing in South Carolina’s Second District. This past August, I visited Swiss Krono USA in Barnwell, who are creating 105 new jobs in the area, and Charter NEX Films in Columbia, who are working on expanding and adding additional jobs.

With manufacturing being such an important industry to South Carolina, I am a strong proponent of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). In South Carolina, over 14,000 jobs depend on manufacturing exports to Canada and Mexico. It is time to put America first and pass the USMCA. Every day this is delayed by Congress hurts American jobs and the sales of products made in America.

Whether I am visiting one of the remarkable schools in the Second District’s technical education system, including the technical colleges in Aiken, Midlands, and Orangeburg-Calhoun, or a local manufacturing facility, the message is the same—the job market is changing rapidly, and it is our duty to prepare the new generations to succeed.

South Carolina has made creating and supporting manufacturing jobs a priority, as shown by a commitment to regulatory reform, apprenticeship programs, and state incentives. Together, this has created an environment that helps families, manufacturers, and our state succeed. It is vital that we continue to emphasize the importance of manufacturing in South Carolina and the United States and pass the USMCA.

Read this piece in the Augusta Chronicle here