Why join SCMA?

As a member of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (SCMA), your company has access to programs, services, events, and resources specifically designed to meet the needs and interests of manufacturers.  SCMA’s policy priorities, initiatives, and activities are determined and driven by our members.  The SCMA leadership and staff strive every day to bring value to our membership.

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Legislative Advocacy

SCMA is the most influential organization representing manufacturers before the South Carolina legislature and regulatory agencies.  We have a dedicated government relations team who are the leading advocates for the state’s manufacturing community.  Policy priorities include: workforce and education, taxes and economic development, environment, energy, infrastructure, legal reform, employment, and other issues impacting manufacturing.

SCMA supports pro-business political candidates. Member companies are encouraged to contribute to our Good Government Fund, a political action program designed to support candidates that recognize the value manufacturing brings to our state.

Programs and Initiatives

SCMA hosts a variety of educational and informational conferences, meetings, programs, and initiatives that focus on several key areas:  human resources, plant management and operations, workforce development, safety, environment, taxes and economic development, energy, legislative and government relations, and other industry specific and regional matters.

In addition, SCMA’s industry sector and regional councils are an important part of our organization.  These councils are designed to address specific needs and issues impacting our membership.  Councils include the South Carolina Chemistry Council, the Lowcountry Manufacturers Council, the South Carolina Automotive Council, and the South Carolina Textile Council.

Regulatory Influence

SCMA works closely with state agencies including the SC Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the South Carolina Department of Revenue, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, the South Carolina Technical College System, and the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce.  We often collaborate with agencies on special projects, and we frequently provide regulatory comments and participate in stakeholder processes to support manufacturing interests.  In addition, the SCMA government relations team is available upon request to assist and advise member companies with state agency interactions.

SC Future Makers

SC Future Makers is SCMA’s signature workforce development initiative connecting South Carolina manufacturing and information technology companies with middle and high school students, technical college students, and four-year college students.   In partnership with STEM Premier, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, the South Carolina Department of Education, the South Carolina Technical College System, and the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, SC Future Makers tells the story of South Carolina manufacturing and information technology careers and demonstrates the educational and career pathways students can follow to realize their dreams and make their futures come true.

Go to www.scfuturemakers.com to create a company profile showcasing your company and the career opportunities you offer.  The site also provides a one-stop shop for students, parents, and educators to learn about manufacturing and information technology careers and how to connect to these jobs and postsecondary opportunities.

Strategic Connections

An extensive and wide-ranging calendar of conferences, meetings, and networking events offer members the opportunity to develop professional relationships, gain industry insights, exchange ideas, and share resources and information.  The knowledge obtained and relationships built through these opportunities provide a strategic advantage to members in their daily operations.

Association Health Care Plan

SCMA members have access to an association health plan that is provided in partnership with BlueCross BlueShield of SC and NFP. Under the plan, known as the SCMA Group Insurance Trust, SCMA member employers have access to medical plans as well as options for dental, vision, life, and disability. The plan is designed to meet the needs of any sized employer; however, there are significant advantages for smaller businesses. This plan can be a great alternative to small business plans that are subject to provisions of the Affordable Care Act.


Membership Directory – This members-only, user-friendly online database contains contact information for member companies, individual member company representatives, and SCMA Board of Directors and various committee and council contacts. View Membership Directory.

Legislative Newsletter – Distributed weekly during the South Carolina legislative session, this e-newsletter allows members to stay up-to-date on the latest developments on legislative issues impacting manufacturing.

Manufacturing News – Members receive electronic communications regarding important manufacturing updates and announcements.  From hot topic industry issues to exciting success stories, you will be informed of important developments in the South Carolina manufacturing community.

Data and Statistics – The SCMA team can provide industry specific data and information on manufacturing-related topics as requested.

Membership Eligibility

Companies operating machines for the manufacturing or processing of products in at least one plant in South Carolina are eligible for membership in SCMA. Manufacturing companies headquartered in South Carolina are also eligible to join.

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