The Mission:

Manufacturers Caring for Pickens County goal is to reach out to our Pickens County community, to enhance, develop, and

enrich our socioeconomic

values and conditions

to higher levels.

MCPC Board Members represents:

- $500 million in revenue

- 1500 jobs and

- $60 million in payroll

ALL right here in Pickens County!

In 2013 a group of business leaders formed Manufacturers Caring for Pickens County (MCPC) and set big goals to improve the economic development climate and attractiveness of Pickens County.


MCPC sponsors an event that gathers guidance counselors from all the Pickens County schools to learn about job outlooks, training programs, economic development benefits and strategy, and what skill sets local manufacturers look for and hire.  Manufacturers want and need skilled and educated employees in their work force.  They can reach these employees through various efforts in cooperation with the School District of Pickens County and Tri-County Technical College.  Better education does not only lead to better employees, but better parents, families and societal quality.


A well-educated work force will result in more companies expanding and moving to Pickens. More companies leads to more jobs, an increased tax base, and more money to be spent on education and social services.  There are many other intangible benefits that are driven by economic

development within the county and MCPC is striving to make this happen.


Tom O’Hanlan, CEO of Sealevel Systems, one of the founders sums up the goals of MCPC very nicely in saying, “the group was formed to advocate STEM education, economic development and social benefits, impacting quality of life and growth in Pickens County.”


For more information on Manufacturers Caring for Pickens County please contact us at



In The News

MCPC Supports STEAM Education in

Pickens County Schools


As part of their ongoing commitment to supporting STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art + Design, Math) education initiatives, Manufacturers Caring for Pickens County (MCPC) proudly donated funds to purchase art boards for the School District of Pickens County.


March 2017 was the first Youth Arts Months for Pickens County students. County art teachers alongside the Pickens County Museum of Art and History and the Pickens County Cultural Museum worked to expand the program to feature art at each of the four high schools. To properly display

Straight From High School to a Career



CANDIDATES from both parties have been talking a lot about the loss of American jobs, declining wages and the skyrocketing cost of college.


But missing from the debate is the fact that there are hundreds of thousands of “middle skill” jobs in the United States that are — or soon will be — going unfilled because of a dearth of qualified workers. Employers complain that electricians, pipe fitters, advanced manufacturing machinists, brick masons and radiology technicians are scarce. More than 600,000 jobs remain open in the manufacturing sector alone. These are jobs that provide a middle-class wage without a traditional four-year college degree.



Building an Educational Pipeline to Create a

Skilled Workforce


Upstate manufacturers seize opportunity.


In the Upstate, industries are heeding the call to raise awareness for manufacturing careers.


An integral part of the SC Technical College System, Apprenticeship Carolina™ has worked with nearly 200 companies across Upstate South Carolina to register demand driven apprenticeship programs in hundreds of occupations with the US Department of Labor. Although the majority of Upstate SC apprenticeship programs have been registered in the manufacturing sector, other industries


Manufacturers Caring for Pickens County Board

Linda Bacigalupo

Tri-Tech USA, Inc.



John Cutchin

Palmetto Plating Company, Inc.


Michael R. Fee

Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc.



Jim Kaplan

Cornell Dubilier


Edward Martin

MST Concrete Products, Inc.



Tom O’Hanlan - Chairman

Sealevel Systems, Inc.


Tom Strange

St. Jude Medical



Jim Wanner

KeyMark Inc.



School District of Pickens County



TriCounty Technical Collage



PO Box 830, Liberty, SC 29657 • • 864.843.4343


Manufacturers Caring for Pickens County is a Certified Nonprofit 501 3 C Corporation