The program — made possible by $2.3 million from the National Science Foundation — was unveiled through two announcements at South Carolina’s epicenters for the two industries: North Charleston, where Boeing built an aircraft plant; and Greenville, where Clemson operates an automotive research park a few miles from BMW’s expanded U.S. factory and Michelin’s North American headquarters.
At the Greenville event, executives with the area’s biggest manufacturing employers — BMW, Michelin and General Electric — joined Clemson President Jim Barker at the university’s International Center for Automotive Research.
“We are going to build 270,000 BMWs this year in South Carolina, and therefore we need a motivated and highly qualified work force,” Josef Kerscher, president of BMW Manufacturing Co., said during the ceremony.
Kerscher said he is always asked, whenever he is at BMW’s headquarters in Munich, whether the South Carolina plant has enough trained workers.
“And I can promise you we are working hard and smart to do even more business here in South Carolina,” he said.
The new perk for manufacturers arrives at a time when the sector is growing again, holding out hope for eventual relief from South Carolina’s persistent high unemployment.
The state’s manufacturing employment turned the corner in 2010, adding 3,300 jobs for the first net gain in 13 years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
This year, South Carolina’s manufacturing employment has fared even better, growing every month through August for a net gain of 8,700 jobs.
And that doesn’t include 3,750 jobs announced for new or expanded plants to make transmissions and tires in Laurens, Aiken and Sumter counties, factories that haven’t come online yet.
Greenville site consultant Mark Sweeney, who helps companies such as Nissan and Boeing find locations for new facilities, said some manufacturers with job openings can’t find the skills they need among the ranks of the unemployed, and the new program should help solve that problem.
After reading the above news I feel that US is coming out of recession slowly and steadily.Rest your call.......Dow closed at 11869 today here which is exhibiting enough strength for me to conclude that USA slow growth will not be too long......