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Women share manufacturing experiences during forum

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Women shared career development experiences, diversity strategies and workforce development opportunities at the Palmetto Women in Manufacturing Forum at Spartanburg’s Chapman Cultural Center on Friday.

“There was a real focus on the breadth of opportunities for women in manufacturing, the variety of roles across different skillsets and subject matters, as well as the ability for women to grow and develop in their roles and take on increased responsibilities,” said Sara Hazzard, CEO and president of the S.C. Manufacturers Alliance, which organizes the forum.

The event brought 150 attendees from across the state, including employees from  Caterpillar Inc.MillikenBMW Manufacturing, Jacobs Engineering GroupMermetFujiFilmMercedes Benz Vans and Roylco, among others. Spartanburg’s Magna Seating opened their plant for attendee tours on Friday.

Panelists included representatives from Nutramax LaboratoriesAFLContinental TireSage Automotive Interiors and Samsung.

“Last year was our first event,” Hazzard said in the email. “We heard directly from our members that they wanted us to highlight the opportunities for careers in manufacturing, particularly as it related to women, and to celebrate all that women are contributing to manufacturing.”


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