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.

Linda Bacigalupo, President and CFO

Tri-Tech USA, Inc.


Linda Bacigalupo is President and CFO of Tri Tech USA, Inc., an advanced contract manufacturing company founded in 1985 and co-owned by Linda and her husband, Joe Bacigalupo.  The Bacigalupo’s joined the Pickens County community when they relocated their company from Burlington, Vermont to Pickens Commerce Park in 2009.


In addition to her years at Tri Tech, Linda spent over 13 years with Dwight Asset Management Company, an investment advisory firm specializing in fixed income securities and located in Burlington, VT, where she rose to the position of CFO and Treasurer.  Linda attended Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT and Trinity College of Vermont where she studied Accounting.  Linda currently serves on the Tri County Technical College Foundation Board and is Secretary/Treasurer of the Homeowners’ Association for her community in West Union, SC.   She previously served as a member of the Clemson Outdoor Lab Advisory Group.  Linda is a water activities’ enthusiast and enjoys boating, kayaking, swimming and snorkeling along with a passion for gardening and cooking.




John Cutchin, President

Palmetto Plating Company, Inc.


Johnson Hunter Cutchin started Palmetto Plating Co., Inc. in 1961 at age 17 and incorporated the business in 1964.  One year at University of Georgia and two semesters at Clemson College (now Clemson University).  Married with two children.  Company specializes in metal finishing treatments of large stainless steel components.




Michael R. Fee, Vice President and Owner

Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc.



  • Married to wife, Melanie, and together have six children.


  • Bachelor of Science, Finance | Boston College | 1979

  • Masters of Business Administration | Hofstra University | 1981


  • Vice President & Owner – Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc., Liberty, SC

    Manufacturer & Distributor of Fire Protection Equipment Employing 700 Plus Worldwide


  • Boston College Athletic Development Board

  • Notre Dame University

  • Clemson University – Athletic and Development

  • Tri County Technical College Foundation Board of Directors

  • Chaminade High School’s Torch Fund

  • New Hope Baptist Church & Crossroads Baptist Church

  • St. Ann’s Church & St. Mary’s Church


  • Adaptive Sports Foundation Board Member – PSIA Level I Ski Instructor for handicap children and military personnel

    for the Wounded Warrior Project

  • The Family Effect Board of Directors

  • Wounded Warrior Project

  • Habitat for Humanity

  • Lead the Way Foundation’s Army Rangers

  • United Way of New York and South Carolina

  • Pickens County Meals on Wheels, South Carolina

  • Miracle Cancer Foundation

  • Boy Scouts of America

  • The INN Keepers, New York, NY

  • National Eating Disorders

  • Shriners Burn Institute

  • Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

  • Department of Social Services South Carolina – Foster Parents

  • Louder Than Words – Honduras Mission Team


  • National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA)

  • American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA)

  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

  • International Fire Sprinkler Association (IFSA)

  • Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition




Jim Kaplan, President

Cornell Dubilier


Jim Kaplan graduated from Clemson University in Ceramic Engineering in 1987 and received an MBA from the College of William in Mary in 1992.  He is president of Cornell Dubilier (CD), a manufacturer of industrial capacitors.  They have plants in New Bedford, Mass., Liberty, SC, Barre, VT (closing next month) and Mexicali, Mexico.  He has been working for CD since 1987 and has been a process engineer, line supervisor, manufacturing manager and his current position for 15 years.  In addition, he ran the production control department at the Mexican for three years.


Jim’s specialties are acquisitions and general manufacturing.  He has bought eight companies in the past 13 years and integrated all of them into existing facilities.  He is involved in all aspects of acquisitions from pricing, negotiating, contract drafting to facility move and consolidation.  He is intimately involved in all aspects of manufacturing and currently spends most of his time managing the R&D group for new products.


He has a great passion for community work.  He raised all the money and spearheaded the Pickens Playground of Promise and organized 150 volunteers to build a three acre playground in one week.  He has been fundraising chairman for Pickens County United Way and the Pickens County Red Cross.  Currently, he is on the board on the Pickens County United Way and the Alliance Pickens Economic Development.


Jim lives in Pickens with his wife, Julee and three kids, Jamie (19), Claire (16) and Tomson (11).  Jim would rather be fly fishing or quail hunting as opposed to working but needs the money.




Edward Martin, Owner and Managing Partner

MST Concrete Products, Inc.



   1980   D.W. Daniel High School, Central, South Carolina

   1982  Tri-County Technical College, Pendleton, South Carolina

               Associates Degree – Civil Engineering Technology

   1985  SC General Contractors License


   Russell Dam Power House Project

           Field Engineer, 1982 -1983

   Duke Power Bad Creek Project

           Field Engineer, 1983 - 1984

   MST Concrete Products, Inc.

           Owner and Managing Partner, 1984 – Present

   Newly Formed Central Business Council

            Chairman, 2002

   Pickens County Alliance

             Member, 2003-2006

    Pickens County Transportation Committee

            Chairman, 2003 – 2011

    Clemson Chamber of Commerce

            Board of Directors, 2004 – 2008

   Member of ASTM International

             Voting member, 2009-present

   Board of Directors for Fort Hill Natural Gas Authority

              Director, 2011- present




Tom O’Hanlan

MCPC Chairman

Sealevel Systems, Inc.


Founded in 1986 by Tom and his wife, Susan, Sealevel provides innovative, reliable hardware and software products to enable computer connectivity and control. With more than 300 standard I/O products, the company constantly develops new products that leverage emerging technology. The company’s customer base ranges from Fortune 500 companies to militaries around the world.


In 1984, O’Hanlan designed the first RS-422/485 communication adapter for the IBM PC. In 1985, at the age of 30, Tom was granted the first of two patents: the first was an error detecting system (US Patent No: 4,513,420), and the second patent, awarded in 1997, was a communication device for transmitting asynchronous formatted data synchronously (US Patent No: 5,689,643).  Along with his mentor and industry expert, Jon Titus, O’Hanlan also co-authored The Digital I/O Handbook: A Practical Guide to Industrial Input and Output Applications.


Sealevel Systems, Inc., is headquartered in a 48,000 square foot facility near Greenville, South Carolina, employs 50+ people, and contributes to a number of charities including Helping Hands, United Way, March of Dimes and local schools.


O’Hanlan is a native of Waynesboro, Virginia and graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech at Blacksburg.  Now, O’Hanlan's community service includes being a member of the Society of International Business Fellows, a member of the Baptist Medical Easley Hospital Board of Directors, Chair of the Pickens Innovation Center Board of Directors, and is Chair of March of Babies 2016 campaign for Pickens County. Tom is founder and member of Manufacturers Caring for Pickens County whose goals are to reach out to our Pickens County community, to enhance, develop, and enrich our socioeconomic values and conditions to higher and higher levels.


O’Hanlan is a former member of the Clemson University Research Foundation Board, Furman University Advisory Board, South Carolina Independent College and University Board, Greenville County Museum Association Board, the Federal Reserve Small Business Advisory Committee, Pickens County Economic Development Alliance, and a City Councilman for the City of Liberty.  He was the recipient of the 1995 Economic Development Ambassador award for Pickens County.


O’Hanlan is an avid reader whose intellectual pursuits has led him to wood working, music production, bird hunting, and most recently tree farming. He is the proud grandfather to 6 grandchildren.  In his spare time, he enjoys travelling with his wife and developing his 490 acre Mill Pine farm.




Tom Strange, Director of Research and Development

St. Jude Medical


Thomas Strange has an extensive background in materials science, and is the author of forty five patents and numerous papers over the last two decades, covering all aspects of capacitor development. Following his undergraduate degree and graduate studies in Physics at the University of South Carolina, he joined Philips Components as a member of the research staff.


During his 15 years with Philips Components in Columbia SC, and 2 years with Aerovox Inc. in Huntsville AL, he participated in or led the research activity involving development of electrochemical and AC film capacitors. He was a member of a small team of entrepreneurs who, from 1993 to 1996, developed and produced the pioneering flat medical grade electrolytic capacitor that made thoracic implantable cardioverter defibrillators possible. Now 16 years at St Jude Medical in Liberty SC following a successfully managed buyout, Strange and his team comprise the Power Technologies Group for IESD, and continue to define state of the art in implantable medical devices for both pacing and arrhythmia correction, as well as neuromodulation power devices.

1985 North American Philips Corp. Creative Innovator award, highest honor for NAPC.

1998 St. Jude Medical Hendrickson Award for his work on development of flat capacitors, highest honor for SJM.

2001 InnoVision Award for technology development in the upstate of South Carolina.

2002 Appointed Economic Ambassador for Pickens County by Governor Jim Hodges.

2005 St. Jude Medical Patent Hall of Fame award.

2007 University of SC Distinguished Alumni

2009 Dr. Charles Towns Individual Achievement Award


He also Chairs or serves on the board of directors for:

Alliance Pickens Economic Development (Chair)

South Carolina Research Authority

SC Launch! (Past-Chair)

InnoVision Technology Awards

SC Bio (officer)

Warehouse Theatre (Pres)

Trustee - Tri County Technical College – Pickens County

Past President Greenville Museum of Art Association

Past President Pickens County Red Cross




Jim Wanner, CEO

KeyMark Inc.


Jim Wanner is the CEO of KeyMark Inc., a systems integrator, headquartered

in Greenville, SC and founded in 1996. KeyMark has also been named by Inc.

Magazine as one of the 500 fastest growing companies in the United Sates

in 2004 and as one of the 5,000 fastest growing companies 2007. Jim has a

background in automated data management and graduated from James Madison

University in 1988 with a BBA. Before forming KeyMark, Jim worked for a

systems integrator in Northern Virginia and for a marketing firm in South Carolina.




Robert Thomas, CFO

Alice Manufacturing Company, Inc.


Robert Thomas is the CFO of Alice Manufacturing Company, Inc.  Family owned since 1923, Alice Manufacturing Company has earned the reputation of a global leader in the textile industry. The company has developed a state-of-the-art manufacturing operation providing the highest quality fabrics to a diversified customer base which includes the home furnishing, apparel and health care industries.


Previously, Robert served as an audit manager for Ernst & Young. Robert sits on the Board of the South Carolina Manufacturer's Alliance and is a member of the tournament committee of the BMW Charity Pro Am Golf Tournament. Robert is a graduate of Presbyterian College and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business, Accounting and Applied Mathematics.





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