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 Info@ManufacturersCaringForPickens.com

 

 

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

By KATHERINE S. NEWMAN and HELLA WINSTON

 

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.

 

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Building an Educational Pipeline to Create a

Skilled Workforce

upstatealliance.com

 

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

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Manufacturers Caring for Pickens County Board

Linda Bacigalupo

Tri-Tech USA, Inc.

Tri-TechUSA.com

LindaB@tri-techusa.com

864.843.1100

 

John Cutchin

Palmetto Plating Company, Inc.

PalmettoPlating.com

jcutchin@palmettoplating.com

864.859.9314

Michael R. Fee

Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc.

ReliableSprinkler.com

mfee@reliablesprinkler.com

864.843.1700

 

Jim Kaplan

Cornell Dubilier

CDE.com

jkaplan@cde.com

864.843.2277

Edward Martin

MST Concrete Products, Inc.

MSTConcreteInc.com

ed@mstconcreteinc.com

864.639.2894

 

Tom O’Hanlan - Chairman

Sealevel Systems, Inc.

Sealevel.com

tboh@sealevel.com

864.843.4343

Tom Strange

St. Jude Medical

SJM.com

tstrange@sjm.com

864.843.8200

 

Jim Wanner

KeyMark Inc.

KeyMarkInc.com

Jim.Wanner@keymarkinc.com

864.343.0500

Partners

School District of Pickens County

pickens.schoolfusion.us

864.397.1000

 

TriCounty Technical Collage

TCTC.edu

864.646.1500

 

PO Box 830, Liberty, SC 29657 •  Info@ManufacturersCaringForPickens.com • 864.843.4343

 

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