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Congratulations to the KIYATEC team! Greenville based KIYATEC got a nearly $2M boost from the National Cancer Institute to advance predictive cancer diagnostics. The award will allow the company to expand its 3D technology in treating breast cancer and a type of brain cancer. The funded contract has the potential to radically change the future of cancer patient care. KIYATEC’s COO, David Orr, chairs the Upstate SC Alliance bio task force. Congratulations to the entire KIYATEC team! Bio business moves in Upstate South Carolina!

KIYATEC wins $2M cancer research contract | Upstate Business Journal

Official Press Release:

KIYATEC announced today that it has been awarded a $1.975 million, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II Contract from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), one of the 27 institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Over the course of the two year award, KIYATEC will expand its 3D breast cancer model to address two issues at the forefront of cancer therapy strategies: 1) cancer’s interaction with the patient’s immune system (immuno-oncology) and 2) cancer’s interaction with the patient’s blood supply (angiogenesis).  The award will also allow KIYATEC to broaden its technology platform beyond its current use in primary ovarian cancer and breast cancer testing and into glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a type of brain cancer with a five year survival rate that is less than 10 percent.  The funded contract has the potential to radically change the future of cancer patient care.

The NCI contract will further KIYATEC’s mission to arm doctors with drug response profiling (DRP) information that indicates how a patient will actually respond to cancer drugs by growing and treating their live cancer cells in a laboratory.  This will allow the doctor to choose the best drug for that particular patient based on prediction of their response, before the patient starts therapy.  KIYATEC applies a unique approach by using 3D cell culture techniques designed to maximize the accuracy of that prediction, thus also maximizing the patient’s treatment outcome and benefit. The approach also translates to late stage “pre-clinical” drug screening, wherein pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies are deciding which drug among a short list of final candidates to advance into a clinical trial for use with patients.

"This contract is exciting because it recognizes the great potential of our technology, team and strategy to have significant impact on drug development and clinical care." said Matt Gevaert, Ph.D., KIYATEC’s CEO. "The immediate impact will be to use our 3D breast and GBM models to identify the most active therapies prior to being tested in patients, but our ultimate goal is to use our 3D micro-tumors as a diagnostic in a clinical trial setting or for real-time clinical decision-making by oncologists.” The KIYATEC team on the contract is led by Hal Crosswell, MD, KIYATEC’s chief medical officer and contract principal investigator, and Tessa DesRochers, Ph.D., a principal scientist at KIYATEC and the contract’s co-principal investigator.

KIYATEC’s success in this project would expand the number of options oncologists have to more effectively fight cancer alongside their patients.  For example, the growing field of immuno-oncology seeks to reduce cancer associated inflammation or harness the body’s innate ability to generate an effective immune response against tumor cells. Recreating these delicate relationships is complicated and involves creating living, interacting versions of both the patient’s tumor and their immune system, which is difficult to do in conventional 2D and mouse models and is a goal of KIYATEC’s award.  “Clever incorporation of this kind of complex biology, for example inflammation and the immune system, into our collective tool belt has the potential to completely transform how we treat cancer,” said Larry Gluck, MD, medical director of Greenville Health System’s Cancer Institute. “Working in conjunction with the GHS Institute for Translational Oncology Research, KIYATEC is well positioned to help individualize therapy and markedly increase the effectiveness of the therapies we administer.”

The SBIR program provides federal funding to small Research/R&D businesses that have a potential for commercialization.  In September 2013, KIYATEC was awarded an approximately $295,000 Phase I NCI SBIR contract upon which this larger Phase II contract builds.  The Phase II contract is being funded in whole or in part with federal funds from the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services under Contract No. HHSN261201400019C.

For more information on KIYATEC visit http://www.kiyatec.com/.

ABOUT KIYATEC, INC.

KIYATEC prioritizes accurate ex vivo prediction of patients’ response to drug treatment, with a focus on data correlation to human clinical outcomes. The company creates and utilizes live phenotypic 3D cell-based models for drug response profiling.  These models are applied in order to generate information relevant to preclinical testing, clinical trials and clinical diagnostics applications. By accurately predicting patient drug response without ever exposing actual patients to drugs, KIYATEC will create informed drug selection that minimizes clinical trials’ failures and maximizes patient outcomes in the clinic. For more information, please visit www.kiyatec.com or follow KIYATEC on Twitter (@KIYATEC).

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Tags: KIYATEC, south carolina, SC, Greenville Health System, breast cancer, Institute for Translational Oncology Research, National Cancer Institute, 3D

Clemson University automotive engineering graduate student and champion of STEM education named university’s first Bosch Fellow Monday

As employers worldwide are coping with significant talent shortages, German engineering company Bosch is combating the manufacturing industry’s shortage of a skilled workforce with an eye toward the future, inspiring the next generation workforce with the Bosch Community Fund (BCF) and fellowship program.

South Carolina –based Clemson University is realizing the impact of the program after Mike Mansuetti, President of Robert Bosch, LLC , pledged $500,000 for Clemson’s automotive-engineering fellowships and named automotive engineering graduate student Vismita Sonagra as Clemson’s first Bosch fellow on Monday.  

As part of this fellowship, Sonagra received $20,000 to support her work at local elementary and middle schools, where she participates in activities that focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Mansuetti is confident in the positive impact of STEM education on tomorrow’s workforce, as quoted in Clemson University’s news release:

“Vismita and her classmates represent the workforce of the future. She is well on her way, and we are excited by the potential of those who will follow in her footsteps in the future. Together, Bosch and Clemson will help move students into STEM-related careers and help individuals reach their full potential. We see tremendous opportunities now and in the future for students with a strong STEM background.”

Recruiting and keeping students in the STEM fields is a national problem raising concerns that a significant portion of the population could be neglecting some of the country’s fastest-growing and highest-paying job opportunities. According to the U.S. Department of Education, only 16% of high school students are proficient in mathematics and interested in a STEM career. Bosch funding will help develop and inform students about the opportunities available in STEM fields.

Other STEM initiatives are beginning to gain footing in the Upstate, including A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering, South Carolina’s first engineering and technology elementary which opened in 2009.  The school focuses on developing critical thinking and communication skills and fostering creativity through engineering, team work and technology. Industry partners include Fluor, GE Energy, Hubbell Lighting and Michelin who provide a variety of support, including hands-on learning opportunities.

Middle and high schools in the Upstate have also implemented new curriculum with a focus on project-based learning programs that will prepare students for the subject matter and soft-skills they’ll need in college and their careers. Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School opened in August on the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) Millennium campus, offering opportunities for CU-ICAR students to visit the school and collaborate with young students —one of the core reasons the Bosch Fellowship was designed.

Imtiaz Haque, founding chair of the Clemson University automotive engineering department and executive director of the Carroll A. Campbell Graduate Engineering Center at CU-ICAR commented:

“She [Sonagra] is the first of what will be many fellows who will help keep America competitive in the 21st century. The Bosch endowment helps us attain two major goals, namely bringing exceptional talent to the automotive engineering program and creating an exceptional talent pool for the STEM fields that are so critical to our future success as a nation.”

Bosch operates in nearly 50 countries, with more than 30 locations in the U.S., including three in the Upstate of South Carolina. In addition to the Bosch endowment, the company has partnered with Clemson University for a cooperative education program since 2000.

Posted in: Colleges & Universities, News you can use, Upstate Thoughts

Tags: STEM, education, next generation workforce, Clemson University, Bosch

The power of innovation is an ongoing discussion throughout the manufacturing industry – what’s not to be overlooked is the power that a strong advanced manufacturing society can have on driving innovation. Developing an innovation “eco-system” is one of the key priorities for the Upstate in its mission to expand the value chain of its existing advanced manufacturing economy.

In a recent article on America’s manufacturing future, Jefferey L. Chidester, Director of Policy Programs at the University of Virginia's Miller Center,  discussed America’s ability to win in the future in manufacturing with big trends and small firms: “The future of American manufacturing will be won by innovative small and medium-sized companies out to change the world – but only if they have the tools they need to compete.”

While many areas throughout the country have innovative companies, not everyone has a tool box that includes state and private funding, university-research driven education, creative incubation hubs and most importantly, stories of success.

For the State of South Carolina, the Upstate is leading the innovation game. In total, the Upstate accounted for more than 60% of the patents from the state’s top metro areas over the past decade. In the Upstate patents originate from both large multi-national organizations such as GE Power & Water, Electrolux, Michelin, and Milliken in addition to applied research at Clemson University, which has resulted in several successful spin-off companies like Poly-Med, Kiyatec, and Advanced Photonic Crystals. 

Earlier this year, GE Power & Water announced plans to invest more than $400 million over the next ten years in Greenville, S.C., the Upstate’s biggest city, to “drive development of best-in-class technology,” with the expansion of the company’s advanced manufacturing capabilities, including the construction of a state-of-the-art Power & Water advanced manufacturing facility. Check out this video for GE’s take on a new era of manufacturing and how innovation is impacting the industry today:

As the Upstate’s manufacturing strength grows, the state of South Carolina has demonstrated its commitment to leading innovation with the Department of Commerce’s new  Office of Innovation. This office is focused on strengthening the innovation and technology-based job creation power in South Carolina. One example of these efforts is the South Carolina Innovation Challenge, providing up to $2.5 million in competitive funding for projects that focus on fostering technology-based economic development, entrepreneurship and innovation through university collaboration, local government participation or public-private partnerships. Projects at 14 organizations throughout the state have already received funding, including four projects in the Upstate: the NEXT Ecosystem Expansion, Innovate Electric City, STEMLinx: South Carolina’s One Stop Discovery Site for STEM Resources and Spartanburg Entrepreneurial Resource Network.

The Upstate Carolina Angel Network (UCAN), a group of accredited investors who invest in and support start-up companies and early-stage high growth businesses, has also been instrumental in supporting projects in the Upstate. UCAN was recently ranked No. 8 out of 370 angel investor groups by CB Insights, a New York City firm that tracks investments in private companies. The funding that UCAN provides helps keep entrepreneurs in the Upstate for development—a crucial element in sustaining the Upstate’s innovation eco-system. Further, angel investment groups like UCAN have helped nurture the success of small to midsize start-ups in South Carolina such as Selah Genomics, which  was acquired by EKF Diagnostics, a UK-based point-of-care diagnostics firm in April 2014 in a deal valued at over $70 million—more than 10 times UCAN’s investment.

Industry and education collaboration is another important way that the Upstate is sustaining innovation in manufacturing. As many companies in the U.S. are facing a manufacturing talent shortage, the Upstate is building the pipeline for industry-ready educational development.

Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research provides a great example on the graduate level, but the Upstate is also exploring ways to implement innovation and creative inquiry based curriculum much earlier in the educational experience beginning with the opening of A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering in 2009, the first engineering and technology based elementary school in South Carolina. The start of the 2014 school year has also brought new developments in a STEM-based education program at three Upstate middle schools and two high schools, where classrooms are starting to look more like a technical work place than a classroom, with the goal of preparing students for the jobs of the future.

While it’s clear that the Upstate holds a wide breadth of industry expertise today, it is forward-thinking moves like South Carolina’s creation of the Office of Innovation and the integration of STEM based curriculum and creative inquiry at all stages of the education system that have the power to sustain an ecosystem of innovation in the long term. The nexus between education, industry and government in the Upstate is the catalyst for its future success.

For more information on how the Upstate has become a center for innovation, please visit: http://www.upstatescalliance.com/about-upstate/upstate-sc-overview

 

Posted in: News you can use, Rankings & Recognitions, Upstate Thoughts

Tags: innovation, manufacturing, technology, STEM, GE, patent

$3 million investment by automotive component manufacturer to create 20 new jobs

Emitec, an exhaust technology company and wholly owned subsidiary of Continental, is expanding its Laurens County manufacturing plant to boost capacity and serve new automotive customers. The $3 million investment, which will add new equipment to manufacture catalytic converter substrates, will create 20 new jobs.

Emitec was previously a joint venture of international automotive suppliers Continental and GKN prior to Continental acquiring 100 percent ownership of the company in July 2014. The company operates at 400 South Nelson Drive in Fountain Inn, where it has produced automotive exhaust parts since 1997. The Fountain Inn facility currently employs around 55 personnel.

The company expects to begin hiring for the new jobs in first quarter of 2015. Those interested in the positions - which include both hourly production associates and salaried associates - may apply by submitting resumes to Emitec at 400 South Nelson Drive, Fountain Inn, SC 29644.

Founded in 1986, Emitec employs approximately 900 staff across its locations on three continents. It operates production sites in Germany, France, India and South Carolina. Emitec customers include global car, truck and motorcycle manufacturers, as well as makers of off-road machinery in such sectors and agriculture and construction. 
 
QUOTES
 
"Emitec is proud to call South Carolina home and could not be more pleased to be able to announce a further step of growth to our facility here in Fountain Inn. We are hoping to continue our growth into the future together with the fine state of South Carolina and the Upstate." -Juergen Wagner, VP of Operations, Emitec, Inc.

 "For nearly 20 years, Emitec has been a strong member of our state's business community, and we couldn't be more excited that they are expanding and creating 20 more jobs in Fountain Inn. Bringing new companies to South Carolina will always be important, but so is taking care of the ones we already have, and this is a great example of how those efforts are paying off."  -Gov. Nikki Haley
 
"South Carolina's automotive sector, including tires, employs nearly 60,000 in the state. Expansions like this one are more proof that automotive manufacturing is driving the economy here in the Palmetto State." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

 "We are thrilled that Emitec chose Laurens County for this expansion. We have had a great relationship with Emitec for almost twenty years, and we look forward to many more.  This expansion is just one more example of Laurens County being a great place to do business." -Jim Coleman, Chairman of Laurens County Council
 
FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Exhaust technology manufacturer Emitec is expanding its Laurens County manufacturing facility.
  • $3 million investment is expected to create 20 new jobs.
  • Emitec is a wholly owned subsidiary of Continental, one of the world's leading automotive suppliers.
  • Positions to be filled include hourly production associates and salaried associates.
  • Interested candidates may apply for the new jobs beginning in the first quarter of 2015.

About Emitec
Emitec now being a wholly owned part of the international automotive supplier Continental AG and part of the business unit "Fuel and Exhaust Management" will add to the comprehensive portfolio of components for exhaust aftertreatment and enable Continental to now offer end-to-end systems.

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Tags: Emitec, Announcements, Expansions, economic development, Laurens County, south carolina

How can a company attract, develop and sustain a highly-skilled workforce?  That’s the million dollar question.

Not surprisingly, when considering relocation, expansion or site selection for facilities, executives reported that skilled labor is the most important factor, according to Area Development Magazine’s 28th  annual survey of corporate executives released earlier this year. The magazine goes on to suggest that in the coming years, what will be increasingly important for companies of high growth potential looking to attract, develop and sustain this skilled workforce is quality of place.

As the economy improves, skilled workers are becoming more mobile with more opportunities to choose locations with a desirable quality of life to live and work. Companies actively competing to win these skilled workers are giving more consideration to life outside the workplace as means to make the companies themselves more desirable.

A happy life outside the workplace is important to initially attract this workforce of the future, but the payoff continues with returns on productivity and creativity in the workplace. Popular topics of discussion and research among many of today’s leading economists and psychologists are the relationships between happiness, productivity, creativity and success. Tuning into the TED conference’s “Work Smarter” playlist illuminates some of the findings about these relationships with profitable applications for business leaders.

Selecting the right location should not be overlooked as one of many ways to help employees lead satisfying professional and personal lives. There are many organizational  factors that help create conditions for a happy and productive team, such as giving employees enough time off—and encouraging them to take it—or offering a wellness program to encourage exercise. It’s not a far leap to suggest that the right location might make it easier to act on these small but highly effective changes in the workplace.   

For example, taking a vacation is found to be a driver of productivity, so living within a day’s drive to the mountains or beach or having access to a nearby airport or interstate removes any location barrier to enjoying the ever-important vacation, especially for those a budget. Additionally,  research suggests that physical activity and spending time outdoors improves brain health that is vital for memory, concentration and mental sharpness. Engaging in these activities is arguably more convenient in places with a favorable climate and an abundance of recreational opportunities (which are of increasing importance to executives, according the same Area Development survey).

So, with all of this in mind, here are just a few highlights that business leaders should know about quality of life in the Upstate: 

  • Situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Upstate residents have convenient access to a myriad of outdoor activities including hundreds of miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking, campgrounds and waterfalls.
     
  • The Upstate is home to several beautiful lakes, including Lake Jocassee and Jocassee Gorges, recognized as one of the “50 of the World’s Last Great Places” in National Geographic.
     
  • The Upstate has a pleasant, moderate climate with four distinct seasons.
     
  • Upstate residents have the Greenville Spartanburg International Airport for domestic and international travel. Fares for Greenville Spartanburg International Airport are lower than the national average and lower than the rates at neighboring Charlotte and Atlanta airports.
     
  • Upstate residents have easy access to popular cities like Charlotte and Atlanta by way of 1-85.
     
  • The Upstate is also only a three hour drive from Charleston, S.C., which was ranked the #1 city in the United States in Condé Nast’s Readers' Choice Awards for the third consecutive year.
     
  • For years South Carolina has registered a lower cost of living compared to the national average by about 10 %. This map by the Tax Foundation and shared in Forbes estimates that $100 buys $110.25 in value of goods in South Carolina.
     
  • The Upstate’s biggest city, Greenville, S.C., has seen some impressive rankings in recent years, such as:
     
    • Inclusion in Forbes list of top Ten Transformed Neighborhoods, 2013
    • Named America’s 2nd Best Town Ever-Popular Vote Winner in Outside Magazine, 2013
    • Named “The Next Big Food City of the South?” in Esquire Magazine, 2013
    • Greenville’s Falls Park on the Reedy named 9th Best Park in the US on TripAdvisor, 2013

For more information on quality of life in the Upstate, visit http://www.upstatescalliance.com/about-upstate/information-downloads#lifestyle

Posted in: News you can use, Upstate Thoughts

Tags: quality of life, quality of place, cost of living, skilled workforce

As the U.S. turns a corner on the road to economic recovery, data supports claims that the manufacturing sector in particular has seen an impressive resurgence. A recent report by the Institute for Supply Management stated its manufacturing index rose to 57.1 in July, the highest levels since April 2011. (Note: Any index number above 50 indicates growth). Furthermore, the Commerce Department recently reported that orders for durable goods were also on the rise, climbing 0.7 percent in June 2014 with business investment planning rising 1.4 percent.

 

Specifically within South Carolina, manufacturing accounted for 17.3 percent of the state GDP in 2013 according to figures published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis and 24/7 Wall St. According to those same reports, manufacturing within the automotive industry accounted for nearly $4 billion of the state GDP, led by Michelin and BMW—both of which call South Carolina’s Upstate home.

 

“There are a number of key drivers in the resurgence, or the on-shoring, of manufacturing,” says South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “One is logistics – companies are seeking savings in transportation costs. Workforce considerations – rising labor costs abroad and the ability to have influence over the quality of the finished products – are of great importance, as are competitive costs for both utilities and land.”

(South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt with BMW's new X4 sports activity coupe. BMW's Greer-based facility is the German automaker's only manufacturing plant in the U.S.)

While all signs point to continued growth in automotive manufacturing, as well as an uptick within the advanced materials, biosciences and aerospace sectors, it’s no secret that the modern-day manufacturing facility no longer looks and operates the way it did when U.S. manufacturing was at its peak throughout much of the 20th century. Today’s manufacturing facility is one that requires streamlined access to international export and import capabilities, a highly-skilled and trainable workforce and the resources to innovate at a rapid pace.

 

So how is the state of South Carolina and the Upstate rising to meet the difficult demands of the modern manufacturer, thus leading this industrial resurgence?

 

“South Carolina is uniquely positioned to remain at the forefront of today’s manufacturing renaissance,” says Hitt. “Our infrastructure network, including a world-class port and now the inland port in the Upstate, allows companies to get products to market faster. Our skilled workforce, favorable energy costs, the availability of land and our state’s track record for attracting foreign-direct investment – all make South Carolina an attractive place for manufacturers to call home.”

 

In order to better understand the Upstate’s unique position in the industrial sector, we must look at the key factors behind the region’s success.

 

Globalization

South Carolina, led by the Upstate region, has proven to be an exception business climate for many of the world’s biggest companies. The Upstate alone is home to more than 375 international companies from 31 countries, including the likes of Michelin, Fujifilm, Bosch, ZF and BMW.

 

“There is no greater evidence of South Carolina’s ability to lead in manufacturing than the BMW success story in the Upstate,” says Hitt. “As the state’s first automotive manufacturer, BMW is the corporate model for a successful manufacturing operation in the Palmetto State, and their presence has been a catalyst for the state’s automotive sector.”

 

This year alone has been an impressive one for foreign direct investment (FDI) in the Upstate, accounting for more than 2,100 announced jobs and $2.2 billion in announced capital investment.

 

Additionally, the Upstate region has one of the highest concentrations of jobs supported by FDI according to a recent report by the Brookings Institution.  Almost 11 percent of the Upstate region’s jobs are in foreign owned enterprise, which is double the national average. When combined, the Anderson, Gaffney, Greenville, Greenwood, Seneca, Spartanburg and Union metro and micro areas housed 50,600 jobs in foreign-owned enterprises in 2011.

 

Logistics

Alongside its supportive international community, the Upstate also provides an expansive transportation network allowing companies to operate efficiently, importing and exporting their products worldwide with ease.

 

Among the resource available to manufacturers is the South Carolina Inland Port, which extends the Port of Charleston’s reach all the way to Greer, S.C. in the Upstate. This provides shippers with access to more than 95 million consumers within a one-day drive, significantly boosting efficiency for international freight movement.

 

Workforce

One of the biggest challenges every modern manufacturer has is finding a highly trained workforce. A recent survey by Manpowergroup claims that as many as 39 percent of U.S. employers have trouble filling talent positions, with skilled trade workers ranking year-over-year as the hardest position to find.

 

Understanding the importance of providing a highly-trained workforce for manufacturers, the Upstate has proven to be a significant labor resource for international businesses by combining competitive labor costs with impressive productivity, along with the 2nd lowest unionization rate in the nation and a workforce highly skilled in engineering and technical work.

 

Each of the counties in the Upstate have committed to the state of South Carolina’s Work Ready Community initiative which rallies community leaders behind the concept of a ready-to-work workforce. The initiative certifies the quality of the workforce based on goals met for high school graduation, soft skills development, business support, and National Career Readiness Certificate holders.

 

The Upstate is served by more than 20 institutions of higher education, including four technical colleges focused on serving the needs of local business and industry. These educational centers and innovative programs provide advanced technical training and workforce development. The technical college system works hand-in-hand with affiliate programs, including readySC, Apprenticeship Carolina and Quick Jobs Carolina, so companies locating in the area can take full advantage of an extensive education and training network.

 

Innovation

The Upstate holds a wide breadth of industrial focus and expertise, but its true value to the manufacturing resurgence lies where industry and education align. While the area has earned an impressive reputation for its ability to design and produce some of the world's most advanced products, the Upstate is specifically accelerating growth in the specific areas of AutomotiveAerospace, Advanced Materials, and Biosciences.

 

The impetus behind much of the Upstate’s success in manufacturing is innovation spurred by local university and private sector research.

 

Local research and development by BMW, General Electric, Michelin, Timken, Capsugel, Milliken and St. Jude is redefining what's possible in several industries while universities like Clemson lead the way with groundbreaking work at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR), the Advanced Materials Research Lab ,the Greenwood Genetics Center and the Biomedical Engineering Innovation Campus.

 

Small business entrepreneurialism also thrives in innovation hubs and incubators like the Tyger River Campus of Spartanburg Community College, the NEXT Innovation Center, and The Iron Yard.

 

So while most of the world races to piece together the right combination of resources to effectively support the growth in the manufacturing sector, South Carolina’s Upstate continues to serve as one of the world’s most unique business climates and arguably one of the only ones that can fully meet the needs of the modern manufacturer.

 

“Businesses can take advantage of excellent quality of life and all of the transportation infrastructure – from port to inland locations – connecting our state to the world,” says Hitt. “And, as our innovation sector continues to grow, manufacturers will increasingly recognize that South Carolina has the technology and the people with the expertise to provide the landscape necessary for success in modern manufacturing.”

 

For more information on ways businesses can capitalize on Upstate South Carolina business climate, please visit http://www.upstatescalliance.com/.

Posted in: Upstate Thoughts

Tags: manufacturing, innovation, labor, inland port, Bobby Hitt, BMW, Manufacturing Renaissance, global

$2.9 million investment expected to create 167 new jobs

 Providence Home Care of SC, a Greenville-based healthcare services provider, is expanding its Greenville County presence due to increased demand for in-home and in-facility care. The company's $2.9 million investment in its corporate headquarters is expected to create 167 new jobs over the next decade.

Providence Home Care of SC provides skilled nursing and personal care and transportation services to Medicare and Medicaid recipients in the state of South Carolina. The company is expanding its mission statewide to include skilled nursing to clients in the private sector, and the company will soon be certified to provide additional behavioral healthcare services to Medicare and Medicaid clients. Providence also intends to add medication management and medical supply sales to its offerings.

Providence Home Care is located at Millport Circle in Greenville, with a current staff of around 28 administrative, sales and healthcare professionals. The new positions will be located in the Greenville headquarters. Those interested in working for the company are encouraged to visit Providence Home Care of SC's careers page for information on current openings and how to apply. 

QUOTES

"Providence Home Care of SC would like to express our sincere gratitude to Governor Nikki Haley and the South Carolina team, which have helped our company continue to grow and succeed." - Johnathan Sumter, president of Providence Home Care of SC 

"We couldn't be more excited to celebrate yet another expansion as Providence Home Care of SC invests an additional $2.9 million and creates 167 new jobs in the Upstate. This expansion demonstrates once again that South Carolina continues to be a place where businesses can not only grow but also find success year after year." - Gov. Nikki Haley 

"We are continuing to see diversity in our economy, with manufactuing, service industry and innovative companies locating and growing in our state. The future of South Carolina's economy is bright and we are excited for what lies ahead." - Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt  

"This decision by Providence Home Care to expand its operations and headquarters here in Greenville County validates this region's focus on providing a robust and vibrant business climate, world-class healthcare services, and a superb quality of life that attracts and appeals to both individuals and companies. We salute their job creation and economic investment in this community." - Richard (Dick) Wilkerson, chairman of the Greenville Area Development Corporation 

FIVE FAST FACTS 

  • Providence Home Care of SC is expanding its Greenville County presence due to increased demand for in-home and in-facility care.
     
  • $2.9 million investment expected to create 167 new jobs over the next decade.
     
  • Company provides skilled nursing and personal care and transportation services to Medicare and Medicaid recipients and is expanding its mission.
     
  • Providence currently employs 28 personnel in its Greenville headquarters.
     
  • Those interested in working for the company are encouraged to visit Providence Home Care of SC's careers page for information on current openings and how to apply.

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Tags: Providence Home Care, greenville county, economic development, expansion

What began as just an idea in 2003 has grown into a 250-acre advanced technology research campus, which operates as a unique nexus of academia, the automotive industry and government. Strategically located along Interstate 85 in one of the fastest growing automotive regions in North America, Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) is home to the nation’s first PhD program in Automotive Engineering as well as cutting edge research to solve some of the most challenging problems of the automotive industry.

 

Led by Fred Cartwright, a veteran of the automotive industry with 32+ years of experience, CU-ICAR continues to garner national and international attention for its innovative model of applied research and industry partnerships that effectively produces a workforce that satisfies industry needs. In fact, on a recent visit to the CU-ICAR campus, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker called the CU-ICAR concept “exactly what we need to replicate nationwide to promote economic growth,” according to a Clemson University media release

 

One such CU-ICAR initiative gaining worldwide attention is the vehicle prototype program known as Deep Orange. The program provides students with experience in financial and market analysis, vehicle design, development, prototyping and production planning and gives them an opportunity to work with numerous automotive industry partners to develop next-generation vehicle concepts. Sponsors of the program have included BMW, Toyota, Mazda and General Motors. The skills and experience students gain during the hands-on Deep Orange program are one of the many reasons CU-ICAR is developing not just graduates, but leaders in automotive engineering.
 


(See how BMW’s is successfully partnering with CU-ICAR to shape the automotive industry.)
 

The model seems to be working as 93% of graduates are employed in the automotive industry, 22% of which are in South Carolina. CU-ICAR graduates have gone on to work at places such as Ford, Chrysler, General Motors, Toyota, Honda, Audi, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, Daimler, BMW, Michelin, Tesla, Goodyear, Navistar, Caterpillar, Mitsubishi, Bosch, Cummins, John Deere and Magna.

 

Of course, essential to the success of this model is CU-ICAR’s impressive roster of industry partners, including  Michelin, BMW, Sage Automotive, Koyo JTEKT, Ford, Toyota, Staubli, Bridgestone, Mazda, Bosch, GM, Timken, Chrysler and many more. Together, CU-ICAR and partners benefit from engaging the knowledge of the industry with the new talent of automotive engineering, evidenced by both the ideas and the graduates coming out of the Deep Orange program, as just one example.

 

This industry-driven model has led to successful partnerships with companies from around the world, many of whom are realizing new opportunities and efficiencies in their CU-ICAR partnerships and Upstate South Carolina-based facilities.

 

In the past two years, Michelin and BMW have announced major expansions in their manufacturing output from Upstate South Carolina facilities. Since Michelin’s 2012 announcement of a $750 million earthmover tire facility in an Anderson, S.C., factory, South Carolina is now the nation’s leading producer of tires for the third straight year. BMW also made a 2014 announcement of a $1 billion investment to boost its production out of Spartanburg, S.C. by 50 percent. Both companies cite a response to global demand, workforce and preparation for a competitive position in long-term future of the automotive industry as determining factors in their decision to expand in South Carolina – and it’s no coincidence that both companies were founding partners of CU-ICAR.  

 

But Michelin and BMW are not the only ones significantly benefiting from operating in South Carolina. The state is home to more than 250 automotive-related companies and suppliers, employing more than 45,000 South Carolinians. Adding to this is the growing roster of industry partners-from start-ups to more mature companies-that are locating on or near the CU-ICAR campus to take advantage of its research capabilities and expertise.

 

The takeaway: the best-in-class collaborations between CU-ICAR and its partners puts the program at the forefront of the race to shape the future of transportation. As the economics of innovation and technology take on paramount importance for movers and shakers of the automotive industry, CU-ICAR’s pioneering model may very well be what propels a few ahead of the pack.

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