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April Allen Elected Chairman of the SC Manufacturers Alliance

April Allen Elected Chairman of the
SC Manufacturers Alliance

June 10, 2020
Contact: Tim Kelly
Phone: 803.665.4475

(Columbia, SC) – The South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (SCMA) has elected April Allen, US Director of Government Relations for Continental AG, as the next Chairman of the organization’s Board of Directors. Allen is the first female to serve as Chairman in the 118-year history of the organization.

“I am honored to have been elected to serve as the Chair of such an important and prestigious organization for South Carolina’s manufacturers,” said April Allen, SCMA Chairman. “South Carolina and the nation have experienced tremendous challenges recently, but it is clear the manufacturing industry will serve a pivotal role in the recovery and rebuilding of our economy. As the voice of South Carolina manufacturing, the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance works every day to ensure our state has the best environment possible where manufacturers can successfully operate, grow, and prosper. I look forward to continuing the important work done by SCMA to advance the manufacturing industry.”

“This is a historic event for the S.C. Manufacturers Alliance as we welcome April Allen as the first woman elected to chair our 118 year-old organization,” said Sara Hazzard, SCMA President and CEO. “April is a proven leader in our state’s manufacturing and economic development communities, and we are fortunate to have the knowledge and experience she brings.”

April Allen is a graduate of Columbia College and has more than 20 years’ experience in government relations, construction, economic development, and manufacturing. She has previously chaired the South Carolina Economic Developers Association (SCEDA) and the SC Tire Council. She is a member of the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee (EOC), the SC Business Council, as well as the government relations committees for both the US Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) and the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA). In her role as US Director of Government Relations for Continental AG, which includes all Tire, Automotive and ContiTech facilities in the United States,  Allen is responsible for developing government relations strategy and closely monitors legislation that impacts manufacturing, trade, autonomous and connected driving, environmental policy, workforce development and training, tax incentives, and exemptions in all 50 states.

For interview opportunities with Sara Hazzard and April Allen, please contact:
Tim Kelly


About SCMA

The South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance is the only statewide organization dedicated exclusively to the interests of manufacturers. Its mission is to elevate the quality of life for all South Carolinians by advancing the state’s manufacturing industry. The SCMA membership comprises more than 200 manufacturing companies that represent more than 80,000 associates in South Carolina.

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