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February 26, 2015   Chamber Website Facebook Twitter YouTube

Zeus: Infrastructure Needs Must Be Priority


By John Worley
With seven locations across the globe, Zeus Industrial Products, Inc. is proud to have chosen Orangeburg, S.C. as its company’s headquarters. The Palmetto State has so much to offer, from a great workforce to a wonderful quality of life. At Zeus, our products make everyday life a little better and safer. You’ll find Zeus technology in oil exploration and automobiles. You’ll find us in the Boeing Dreamliner made in Charleston, SC, and many medical devices used to improve your health and life.
Manufacturing is the cornerstone of South Carolina’s economy, and our sector is growing. With one of our facilities located on Interstate 26 in Gaston, all of our employees know firsthand the need for additional investment in our highway system. Congestion, safety and just in time delivery of goods and services all depend on a reliable highway network. When companies like Zeus expand or choose a state to locate in, infrastructure is a top priority. South Carolina lawmakers must proactively support economic development by investing in our roads and bridges, especially in our rural areas which are hungry for jobs.
When it comes to South Carolina infrastructure, nearly one-third of primary and interstate highways are in poor or mediocre condition. Secondary, two-lane roads are statistically the most dangerous highways, and South Carolina does not currently have a state funded construction program to make safety improvements. The expansion underway at the Port of Charleston is great news for South Carolina, but we must ensure that our infrastructure can accommodate the additional trucks and traffic. I know firsthand the congestion that occurs often on Interstate 26, and my counterparts across the state can attest to similar experiences.
Investing in infrastructure is a core function of government. With the strong link between infrastructure, safety, job creation and economic development, long term funding must be the top priority this legislative session. South Carolina’s elected officials must work together to develop and implement a comprehensive and recurring funding plan.
John Worley is CEO of Zeus Industrial Products, Inc.

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Leading the Way: Manufacturers Gather in Greenville

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce hosted the 5th Annual Manufacturers Conference, Leading the Way, February 11-13 in Greenville, presented by McNair Law Firm, P.A. Topics discussed included the national manufacturing agenda, South Carolina’s energy future, the Upstate Regional Export Plan, a National Labor Relations Board update, workforce development, tax reform, financial trends facing manufacturers and much more!  Special presentations featured Clark Gillespy, president of Duke Energy; Jack Ellenburg, senior VP of economic development and projects at the South Carolina Ports Authority; and, Brent Weil of the National Association of Manufacturers Institute.

Thank you, Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor
McNair Law Firm, P.A.
Platinum Sponsors
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Duke Energy
MAU Workforce Solutions
Gold Sponsors
Electrolux North America
WebsterRogers LLP
WDS, Inc.
Silver Sponsors
Carolina Pines Industrial
Elliott Davis Decosimo
Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands SC
MEDcare Urgent Care
Bronze Sponsors
Lockhart Power Company
NBSC, a division of Synovus Bank
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The South Carolina Chamber, the publishers of SCBIZ and the Best Companies Group have partnered for the 10th consecutive year to produce the Best Places to Work in South Carolina program. These awards are dedicated to identifying and recognizing South Carolina’s most innovative and top-notch employers. Upon completion of an assessment process, all participating companies will receive an Employee Feedback Report, which details results of their specific survey. Similar reports can cost thousands of dollars if initiated independently. Those companies selected as Best Places to Work will be honored during a reception and dinner scheduled for August 6 at the Columbia Marriott, presented by Colonial Life. To be eligible for consideration, companies must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity
  • Be a publicly or privately held business
  • Have a facility in South Carolina
  • Have a minimum of 15 employees working in South Carolina
  • Be in business a minimum of 1 year

View the 2015 program timeline. For questions regarding the registration process or if you do not receive your confirmation email within 24 business hours after submission, please contact Katie Springman at or call 877-455-2159.

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Federal Issues Discussion with Congress Coming to Columbia

Decisions made by the federal government can have dramatic effects on everyday lives. Come express your opinions and hear the responses of your members of Congress at Washington Night in South Carolina, presented by AT&T. This annual event is your opportunity to visit with and tell your congressional representatives how they can make federal policy decisions that will benefit South Carolina and enable the business community to prosper. Various sponsorship opportunities are available starting at just $300.

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IT-oLogy to Host Second Annual Statewide Summit on IT

IT-oLogy, in partnership with South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, SCRA and South Carolina Department of Commerce, will host the second statewide, day-long summit on IT in Columbia on March 18. Information technology (IT) is driving innovation and impacting job creation and growth across all sectors of our economy. 
Among the topics to be discussed:

  • Is South Carolina competitive on a national and regional level? 
  • What incentives and innovations are being implemented here and elsewhere and what best practices should we pursue? 
  • How does IT impact economic development? 
  • How does IT impact workforce development?
  • What are we doing to stay competitive with an educated workforce? 
  • What role does public policy play in making us a progressive and more IT/business friendly state?

Who should attend? IT leaders across all industry verticals, to include CTOs, CIOs, CEOs, IT Directors, IT decision makers of all types in education, state and municipal government, manufacturing, healthcare, professional services, banking, and entrepreneurship (the start-up community). Elected officials and economic development officials at all levels are encouraged to attend as well. 

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