From the Upstate's textile past, to the modern manufacturing of today, 7 On Your Side takes a look at the workforce. Hear from the leaders, the workers, the trainers, and the dreamers as Up Front takes a closer look at jobs.
With the help of Furman University, this special takes a look back at the time when the Upstate was the "Textile Capital of the World" and the transition to the international manufacturing community that exists today.
7 On Your Side gives viewers a rare look inside Milliken - a company on the cutting edge of innovation. Some seven thousand associates around the world, including three thousand in the Upstate are at work creating the new products of the future. Because they don't sell many things directly to consumers, they're the often un-sung heroes of products - adding color to detergents and making food containers clear. It's that constant innovation that has allowed the company to stand the test of time.
Up Front also takes a look at companies willing to pay to train their own workforce.
Bosch Rexroth recently expanded, making its Fountain Inn location, the largest hydraulics production campus in the Americas. With the expansion, comes the need for more highly skilled workers. Their apprenticeship program fills the gap. The program is a partnership between the company, area schools, and colleges.
It's the same German jobs method at work at BMW - growing talent within the company. The BMW Scholars Program helps students earn an associate degree at one of three local colleges, while the company helps pay the way. The students work part-time at BMW.
Before BMW rolled in to South Carolina, there was Michelin. In 1973, the tire company came to the state - proving a company could be successful here. More than a third of Michelin's 22 thousand North American employees work in South Carolina.