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The Importance of Mechatronics

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By Richard K. Blackwell   Advanced systems of manufacturing bring vibrant economic changes and business growth -- two things that are beneficial to the business landscape of South Carolina. Think about the manufacturing evolution of antilock brakes, photocopiers and windshield wipers. All efficient, user-friendly products made from the...

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Site Selection: A Changing Art

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By Richard K. Blackwell Site selection is a process that is becoming highly critical for communities to be aware of and compete within but also for businesses involved as their success is tied to getting it right. In a nutshell, site selection is the process of choosing...

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Job Skills Needed

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By Richard K. Blackwell and Trent Acker A major part of any economic development plan is people. Without a well trained workforce, a community cannot expect to bring in and create new jobs no matter how much money is put into buildings, infrastructure and sustainability. Identifying and...

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Industry 4.0 and what it means to you

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by Richard K. Blackwell The Upstate economy has made great strides coming out of the “Great Recession” thanks to a vibrant manufacturing base that calls our ten-county region home. As this large sector continue to hum along, one theme to watch for in 2016 is the idea...

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