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largest and most efficient container
ports in the U.S., averaging 41
moves per hour per crane (U.S. port
average 25 moves).
Training and
Workforce Development
South Carolina, tied with North
Carolina, is the fastest-growing
economy in the Southeast. Manufac-
turing, the state’s flagship of eco-
nomic growth, experienced a more
than 18 percent increase in output
from 2010 to 2012. South Carolina
leaders and industries know that a
sustainable, highly trained workforce
is critical in securing this growth.
German companies in the state have
taken responsibility and are applying
apprenticeship models to their U.S.
manufacturing sites. For instance,
BMW Group of North America
employs more than 7,000 workers in
South Carolina, and 70 apprentices at
the facility are training for BMW
careers. The apprenticeship program
in Spartanburg, SC has been in place
since 2011 and works closely with
three local technical colleges.
In addition, Clemson University’s
International Center for Automotive
Research provides research, vehicle
prototypes and technology research
to manufacturers. It is also the
nation’s only graduate department of
automotive engineering.
MTU America, Inc. launched a
vocational program in Aiken County,
SC in 2012 that has sparked interest
nationwide – even in the White
House. The program, which has been
set up in partnership with the Aiken
County School District, the Aiken
County Career and Technology
Center and Aiken Technical College
combines high-school education,
classroom technical training and
hands-on learning at the MTU Aiken
Plant. Graduates of the vocational
training will be the second class in
the nation to be examined by
German-industry standards (PAL) in
the summer of 2014.
The German American Chambers of
Commerce are advocating for a more
integrated and vocational training
system in the U.S., and are liaising
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A. Berger
Spartanburg
ADO Corporation
Spartanburg
DAA Draexlmaier
Automotive of America, LLC Duncan
Daimler Vans
Manufacturing, LLC
Ladson
Driam USA, Inc.
Spartanburg
Erhardt+Leimer, Inc.
Duncan
Fränkische USA, LP
Anderson
Gedore Tools, Inc.
N. Charleston
Goettfert, Inc.
Rock Hill
Groz-Beckert USA, Inc.
Fort Mill
Hartmann USA, Inc.
Rock Hill
Hengst
of North America, Inc.
Camden
Hubtex
of North America, Inc.
Greer
IFA Rotorion North America,
LLC (Manufacturing)
Ladson
Keller USA, Inc.
Fort Mill
Kufner Textile Corp.
Simpsonville
Kusters Zima Corp.
Spartanburg
Linde Group
Summerville
LTG Incorporated
Spartanburg
Mahlo America, Inc.
Spartanburg
Polydeck Screen Corp.
Spartanburg
Prettl Electric Corp.
Greenville
Prym Consumer USA, Inc.
Spartanburg
redi-Group
North America LLC
Greenville
Renk Corporation
Duncan
Schaeffler Group USA, Inc.
Fort Mill
Stueken LLC
Fountain Inn
The Q Works Group
Fort Mill
Weima America, Inc.
Fort Mill
German Companies in South Carolina
Continental Tire, state and local officials break ground
at the Continental Sumter Plant site on March 28, 2012.
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