Advancing Manufacturing in South Carolina

For more than a century, the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance has been the voice for manufacturing in South Carolina. As the state’s preeminent industrial trade association, the SCMA is the single most effective advocate for advancing manufacturing in South Carolina.

The SCMA recognizes the numerous challenges manufacturers face every day in an ever-changing and, at times, uncertain global marketplace.

The SCMA provides a vehicle for all manufacturers to advocate their interests at the legislative, regulatory, and executive levels in South Carolina. Our advocacy programs, seminars, and cooperative efforts are designed to add value to your South Carolina operations, assisting you in every aspect of your business from regulatory challenges to special public policy projects.

At every turn, we are working on behalf of manufacturers in South Carolina to advance policies and provide services that help manufacturers do what they do best: create economic strength and jobs. We constantly emphasize job creation in the private as the only way to regain our economic footing and to move South Carolina forward.

Our Mission & Goals


  • Preserve and promote the economic health of manufacturing industries in South Carolina by seeking positive action in state government.
  • Communicate with and educate South Carolina state and local officials and the general public on issues of importance to manufacturing industries-emphasizing that by maintaining strong manufacturing industries in the state, South Carolina’s economy will also remain strong.

Methods to Accomplish Goals

  • Foster member and staff involvement in monitoring issues, formulating positions and informing the manufacturing industries of government-related matters.
  • Increase manufacturing industry membership.

Means of Implementing Goals

  • Use of continuous strategic planning through frequent evaluation of organizational structure and allocation of resources.
  • Identify key measures of success and improvement, including but not limited to:
    • Percent participation in all activities
    • Tracking of favorable actions
    • Percent industry membership
    • Benchmarking

Organizational Structure

SCMA is the manufacturing industry’s¬†association in South Carolina, serving as its government liaison. The Alliance provides educational forums through committee and division conferences. SCMA maintains constant contact with state government agencies, the South Carolina General Assembly, educational institutions, and the media.

SCMA annually elects a Chairman, First Vice Chairman and Second Vice Chairman. These are industry executives and serve without compensation. The management and control of the Alliance and its affairs are vested in a Board of Directors. Directors are elected from the SCMA membership and are persons who currently exercise an active executive function in a member company.