South Carolina Council on Competitiveness’ SC Logistics initiative welcomes four new partners

Continental Tire, Senator International, Southeastern Freight Lines, and thyssenkrupp Supply Chain Services officially join initiative

Columbia – SC Logistics, an initiative of the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, is pleased to welcome Continental Tire, Senator International, Southeastern Freight Lines, and thyssenkrupp Supply Chain Services as its newest private sector partners.

With a focus on shaping the future of South Carolina’s logistics industry, SC Logistics supports the state’s robust logistics economy by providing actionable research, networking and education opportunities, with a focus on innovation and technology as well as thought leadership on trends changing the logistics landscape. Partner organizations provide crucial insight into the opportunities and obstacles facing the state’s logistics industry and their hands-on engagement is a key component of the initiative’s success.

“SC Logistics is one of the Council’s signature initiatives and has quickly established itself as a go-to resource for logistics companies of all sizes throughout South Carolina, so we are thrilled to have these four companies join us in our mission to advance the needs of our state’s logistics industry,” says Susie Shannon, President & CEO of the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness.

Continental Tire joins SC Logistics with a history of demonstrating its commitment to the state’s logistics industry.  The company has consistently been recognized as a community partner in regions across the state and in December 2017, Continental announced the establishment of an endowed chair for operations and supply chain at the University of South Carolina.

Senator International, a German Freight Forwarding Company and Logistics Provider with offices around the United States joins with an office located at the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport that operates three nonstop, roundtrip flights to and from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport in Germany with plans to increase to four flights later this summer.  “We have seen a great deal of success with our South Carolina based operation, in no small part due to the network of partnerships we have established in the state,” says Ralf Schneider, COO.  “As an SC Logistics partner, we look forward to building new relationships and continuing to be a part of South Carolina’s growing logistics industry.”

Southeastern Freight Lines, based out of Lexington, South Carolina joins SC Logistics with a 68-year history of meeting logistics needs throughout the region.  Tobin Cassels, President of Southeastern Freight Lines says that becoming an SC Logistics partner was an easy decision to make. “As SC Logistics partners, we’ll have a voice in what happens in the industry across the state, which is now more important than ever considering the rapid growth in the industry and new technology that’s being introduced daily. We want to have a seat at the table and be able to continue to make a positive impact on the industry.”

Brian Diephuis, President, of thyssenkrupp Supply Chain Services NA expressed equal enthusiasm for joining the SC Logistics initiative. “We are proud to be members of the ever growing South Carolina business ecosystem. The opportunity to continually grow our partnerships by adding value for our customers and establishing new, collaborative affiliations to increase manufacturing production make South Carolina a very exciting place to be.”

SC Logistics Director, Suzanne Dickerson, says she looks forward to the contributions that the four new partners will bring to the initiative. “Continental Tire, Senator International, Southeastern Freight Lines, and thyssenkrupp Supply Chain Services each play their own unique role in the state’s logistics industry.  They’re going to bring diverse and valuable perspectives to our group and will play a key role in forwarding the work of our mission.”

Bobby Hitt, Secretary of S. C. Department of Commerce echoes Dickerson, “South Carolina is a great place to do business.  We make it a priority to ensure that our industries have everything they need to thrive and the collaborative work between SC Logistics and businesses like Continental Tire, Senator International, Southeastern Freight Lines, and thyssenkrupp Supply Chain Services reflect that commitment.

For more information about SC Logistics, visit http://sclogisticsindustry.com or contact Suzanne Dickerson at sdickerson@sccompetes.org.