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Manufacturing Human Resources Professionals Share Best Practices at Virtual Conference

By September 1, 2020September 2nd, 2020Manufacturing News

Manufacturing Human Resources Professionals Share Best Practices at Virtual Conference

Date: September 2, 2020
Contact: James Richter
Mobile: 803.528.1288

(COLUMBIA, SC) – Human resource professionals from South Carolina’s leading manufacturers discussed issues such as workforce training and recruitment, drug testing, workplace violence, and managing employees in the wake of COVID-19 at the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance Human Resource Conference, conducted virtually on September 1-2, 2020.

“As we all know, the only constant in life and in business is change,” said Ryan Burns, Human Resources Director for AFL and chairman of the S.C. Manufacturers Alliance Human Resources Committee. “Human resource leaders must constantly adapt to new developments and new challenges for the workforce, and this conference provided us an opportunity to come together to share best practices and gain new insight for managing human resources.”

SCMA President and Chief Executive Officer Sara Hazzard said the virtual conference is another way the Alliance has adapted to continue providing value to its members even during an unprecedented health and economic crisis.

“Since the outbreak began, SCMA has continued to be the voice of our state’s manufacturers, advocating on behalf of companies and their employees, providing the latest information on responding to COVID-19, and shifting our training and outreach for a virtual world,” said Hazzard. “While we have to rethink the way we do things in the wake of COVID-19, SCMA and our member companies will continue to be leaders and innovators in strengthening South Carolina’s manufacturing community.”

Speakers at the two-day conference addressed several issues currently affecting manufacturers and their employees, including:

● Current legislative issues
● New regulations
● CBD and marijuana drug testing
● The after-effects of workplace shootings
● Workforce training, recruitment, and retention

ABOUT THE 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 is comprised of more than 200 manufacturing companies that represent more than 80,000 associates in South Carolina. For additional information about the SCMA, please visit