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S.C. Automotive Council plans summit

Staff Report
Published Dec. 10, 2012

The South Carolina Automotive Council, a statewide organization that seeks to advance the state’s automotive manufacturing sector, announced plans for the second annual Automotive Summit Feb. 5-7, at The Hyatt in Greenville.

Topics of discussion include growing investments in the Southeast, workforce development and the automotive industry’s economic outlook. The sessions will be led by executives of Bosch, Bridgestone, Daimler and General Dynamics, as well as S.C. Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. The summit will feature keynote speaker Jochen Etzel, CEO of Continental Tire the Americas LLC.

“The S.C. Automotive Council will provide manufacturers expert insights into the future of the automotive industry in South Carolina. This summit will continue the momentum and growth of the auto cluster while maintaining our position at the forefront of a competitive, global industry,” said Lewis F. Gossett, president and CEO of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance.

The southeastern automotive cluster has played an important role in the growth of the South Carolina economy. Since 2011, more than 6,800 new automotive jobs have been created in South Carolina, which is home to more than 300 manufacturing facilities that have generated $4.4 billion in new investments, according to a news release.

Sponsorship opportunities for the 2013 Automotive Summit are available. For more information on the council or to register for the summit, visit

The South Carolina Automotive Council is a division of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance.

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