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Logistics cluster names panel to identify priorities for industry growth

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S.C. Logistics has formed an eight-member Executive Forum to identify strategic priorities aimed at advancing the state’s logistics industry.

Panel members include logistics providers and user organizations, such as advanced manufacturing, according to a press release from the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness.  The logistics cluster is an initiative of the council and the South Carolina Department of Commerce.

“The members of our executive forum will play an important leadership role in the work of SC Logistics,” said Suzanne Dickerson, director of logistics industry initiatives for the SC Council on Competitiveness.  “These experts know what our strengths are, and they know the challenges we face.  They are helping us secure the future of the industry here in South Carolina.”

Named to the forum were:

●      Deepal Eliatamby, president & CEO of Alliance Consulting Engineers (Chair)

●      David Edwards, president & CEO of GSP International Airport

●      Brian Gwin, industrial development manager at Norfolk Southern

●      Alfred Haas, manager, material control & supply assurance, BMW Manufacturing

●      Lee Luxmore, general manager, C.H. Robinson

●      Denver Merrill, president, Maritime Association

●      Clifton Parker, president, G&P Trucking

●      Elijah Ray, executive vice president, Sunland Logistics

SC Logistics was launched in 2016 to develop and strengthen the state’s logistics industry and is partially funded by a federal grant from the Economic Development Administration.

“The logistics industry is critically important to all business in South Carolina and is an embedded operation within the State’s advanced manufacturing economy,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.  “From ensuring that goods and services are transported efficiently to employees traveling safely to and from work, the state’s logistics network is important for economic growth and industry success in South Carolina.”

Other public-sector partners of the cluster include the S.C. Department of Transportation, and the South Carolina State Ports Authority. 

The cluster has also established a land-use subcommittee comprised of engineering firms, real estate firms and land owners/developers to provide the Executive Forum expertise in availability of property for infrastructure development and advice on infrastructure opportunities.

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