COLUMBIA — Gov. Nikki Haley received the 2013 Roger Milliken Defender of Manufacturing Award last Thursday for her role in bringing new levels of manufacturing businesses, investment and jobs to South Carolina.
Established in 2006, the S.C. Manufacturers Alliance’s Defender of Manufacturing Award recognizes individuals in the public and private sectors who have worked to advance the manufacturing industry in South Carolina. Recipients are chosen by the SCMA executive committee.
Since January 2011, South Carolina has announced 233 manufacturing expansions and openings, resulting in 26,000 new jobs and over $8 billion in capital investment. This year alone, more than 30 existing manufacturers have expanded, representing $1.4 billion in investment, and nearly 3,300 jobs.
“From day one our focus has been on bringing quality jobs to South Carolina and with 26,000 manufacturing jobs created and over $8 billion in new investment, it’s clear that South Carolina is in the midst of a manufacturing renaissance,” said Haley. “We build great things in this state and we are going to keep building great things here – and with the help of committed groups like the SCMA, our ability to attract and grow manufacturing jobs and businesses will remain second to none.”
South Carolina’s manufacturing industry experienced a greater than 18percent increase in output from 2010 to 2012. Currently, South Carolina has the fastest growing manufacturing GDP on the East Coast. Between 2011 and 2012, real manufacturing GDP increased 6.8 percent in South Carolina compared to a 5.1 percent increase in Georgia and 2.7 percent gain in North Carolina.