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Why Celebrate Manufacturing?

Posted by: Megan Campbell on Tuesday, September 30, 2014
The 17th Annual Manufacturer's BBQ Bash is right around the corner! This Thursday, we will once again celebrate with great food and lots of fun - including Lonny Tolbert, DJ SOUNDSOLUTION, the RE/MAX hot air balloon, door prizes, and more! The BBQ Bash is a great party, but it's more than just that. It's a time to really celebrate and honor our manufacturing industry for the true impact it has made on our local economy. Why celebrate manufacturing?
  1. Manufacturing is everywhere. Approximately 1,600 manufacturing establishments are located in the Upstate.
  2. Manufacturing provides jobs. Almost 100,000 Upstate residents are employed directly by manufacturers.
  3. Manufacturing provides income. More than $1 out of every $4 paid in employee compensation in the Upstate is paid for by manufacturers.
  4. Manufacturing drives innovation. Nationally, manufacturers account for 68% of private sector R&D.
  5. Manufacturing drives productivity. Nationally, 22 percent of manufacturers introduce new processes each year to increase productivity. Only 8% of non-manufacturers do so.
  6. Manufacturing provides opportunity. Over the past 4 years, economic development organizations have announced the creation of more than 11,000 new manufacturing-related jobs in our region.
The BBQ Bash is just a small way we're saying thank you to our manufacturers who have chosen to grow their business in Greenville. To show our appreciation, manufacturers receive three complimentary registrations to the event. The Tent Party also raises money to fund a scholarship in advanced manufacturing at Greenville Tech. This is one party you don't want to miss! Join us at the Hartness Estates from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Register today at


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