The SC Council on Competitiveness honored Deepal Eliatamby at its annual SC Logistics holiday reception, recognizing his service as 2018 Board Chair of the SC Logistics Executive Forum. Eliatamby, president of Alliance Consulting Engineers in Columbia, South Carolina, chaired the organization during a period of expansion and new partnerships for South Carolina’s logistics industry cluster. South Carolina Secretary of Commerce, Bobby Hitt, also attended the reception and thanked Deepal for his service.
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The first-ever study of South Carolina’s logistics industry shows that it is one of the largest industry clusters in the state. Authored by Dr. Joseph Von Nessen, the study finds that there are more than 600 logistics companies operating in the state, from transportation, to air freight providers, to warehouse and distribution centers.
SC Logistics is proud to welcome three new partners: BLG Logistics, Inc., Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, and Clemson University!
BLG Logistics, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of BLG LOGISTICS GROUP, a world leader in third-party logistics services. BLG plays an instrumental role in the supply chains of major automotive manufacturers and suppliers in the southeastern United States, with increasing focus on service and agile response for the manufacturing supply chains of major global brands. BLG recently opened its first office in South Carolina in Duncan, SC.
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport has been in operation for over 50 years and serves an average of 1.9 million passengers per year through 5 major airlines. GSP International is also home to a 120,000 square feet FedEx facility that can sort up to 3,000 packages per hour. President and CEO Dave Edwards serves on the SC Logistics Executive Forum.
One of the country’s most selective public research universities, Clemson University serves a uniquely driven and highly accomplished student body. Ranked as the 23rd best national public university by U.S.News & World Report, Clemson is a science- and engineering-oriented college dedicated to teaching, research and service. Clemson is one of 19 universities in the nation recently chosen by the U.S. Department of Transportation to lead a transportation center.
If you are interested in becoming a partner, please contact Suzanne Dickerson.
On March 10th, SC Ports Authority broke ground on the state’s second inland port. The newest facility in Dillon, SC is expected to open in Spring 2018 and will initially handle approximately 45,000 containers. Officials expect the facility to attract additional distribution centers and manufacturers, similar to the growth that the upstate has experienced near the Greer inland port. The $40 million facility in Dillon will be located on 163 acres at the Tri-County Gateway Industrial Park, about 10 miles from the North Carolina border.
Dillon County Council hopes that the new facility will create jobs for the county, which historically has one of the state’s highest unemployment rates. The facility also has the potential to diversify the industries in Dillon and surrounding areas.
Large area employer, Harbor Freight Tools has already committed to using the inland port and International Paper, QVC, Rooms to Go, and others are likely to take advantage of the facility as well.
This post contains excerpts from an article published by The Post and Courier. Read the full article here>>
The 2016 Manufacturing and Logistics National Report shows how each state ranks among its peers in several areas of the economy that underlie the success of manufacturing and logistics.
These specific measures include: manufacturing and logistics industry health, human capital, cost of worker benefits, diversification of the industries, state-level productivity and innovation, expected fiscal liability, tax climate, and global reach.
Learn more at conexus.cberdata.org.
Beyond Traffic is an invitation to the American public—including the users, developers, owners, and operators of the transportation network and the policy officials who shape it—to have a frank conversation about the shape, size, and condition of that system and how it will meet the needs and goals of our nation for decades to come.
Beyond Traffic is a draft framework for the future, it’s not prescriptive. It does not advocate for specific policy solutions. Rather, it underscores critical decision points facing the country, by means of data-driven analysis, research, expert opinions and public engagement.
Click here to view and download the report.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Commerce, South Carolina State Ports Authority, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, and other key stakeholders have updated the South Carolina Multimodal Transportation Plan (MTP), “Charting a Course to 2040”. The MTP is updated every 5 years to reflect the latest information on travel and growth trends, goals and objectives, infrastructure conditions, future deficiencies, and estimated funding. The MTP was adopted by the SCDOT Commission in December 2014.
The 2040 Multimodal Transportation Plan is comprised of several component plans that include the following:
- Executive Summary includes the vision, goals, objectives, and measures for the overall MTP, as well as analysis of transportation system needs and funding
- Interstate Plan includes the analysis of current congestion and forecast of future congestion
- Freight Plan includes inventory of infrastructure, condition, commodity flows, performance measures, and the identification of the Strategic Freight Network
- Strategic Corridor Network Plan includes the network evaluation and identification methodology, analysis of current congestion and forecast of future congestion
- Rail Plan includes freight and passenger service, performance, trends, and needs
- Statewide Transit Plan includes review of existing service, trends, human service coordination, and needs
- Regional Public Transit and Human Health Service Coordination Plans for each of the state’s ten regions and includes review of existing services, trends, human service coordination, and needs
- Appalachian Regional Transit Plan
- Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Regional Transit Plan
- Catawba Regional Transit Plan
- Central Midlands Regional Transit Plan
- Lowcountry Regional Transit Plan
- Lower Savannah Regional Transit Plan
- Pee Dee Regional Transit Plan
- Santee-Lynches Regional Transit Plan
- Upper Savannah Regional Transit Plan
- Waccamaw Regional Transit Plan
- The Statewide Strategic Safety Plan to identify emphasis areas and strategies aimed at eliminating highway fatalities and severe injuries. For more information on the Safety Plan visit the website: www.sctargetzeroplan.org
The South Carolina Council on Competitiveness receives federal funding to develop logistics industry cluster
The South Carolina Council on Competitiveness has received a federal grant to develop the state’s logistics industry cluster. The $175,000 investment from the United States Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration will partially fund the Council’s initiative to strengthen and develop the state’s logistics industry. The initiative is also funded by the South Carolina Department of Commerce.
“South Carolina has established itself as a key player in the logistics industry on the global stage,” said Ann Marie Stieritz, president & CEO of the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness. “Our geographic location at the center of the southeastern United States, in addition to our transportation infrastructure – highways, railways, inland ports, the Port of Charleston, and proximity to international airports – give us a natural competitive advantage.”
The Council received a similar federal grant in 2013 to launch its initiative to develop the aerospace industry cluster, now known as SC Aerospace.
Stieritz said, “There are some differences between aerospace and logistics, but the principle is the same. When the stakeholders come together to make a high-impact industry more competitive on the global stage, the result is economic growth that benefits South Carolina’s businesses and citizens. It’s about maximizing our competitive advantages to get the maximum return for our state.”
According to the South Carolina Department of Transportation’s Multimodal Plan, over 375 million tons of freight, valued at nearly $600 billion, moved across South Carolina’s freight network in 2011. That tonnage is expected to grow by 81 percent from 2011 to 2040.
Suzanne Dickerson, the former director of international business development for Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR), was recently hired to lead the Council’s effort. Dickerson says one of the first steps will be to conduct actionable research on the companies and assets within the industry.
“Our first step will be to understand what companies and assets we have in South Carolina’s logistics industry,” said Dickerson. “Once we have that information, we can analyze their current impact on the state’s economy and identify opportunities for growth.”
The Council’s initiative will also convene an Executive Form for the industry’s private sector leaders to establish goals and objectives for a strategic plan. The Council will also be working to support innovation by working with higher education institutions to develop an inventory of academic resources to solve industry problems.