New South Carolina Manufacturing Facility Bringing More Jobs Back from Overseas
Prepare for Jobs like These in Just 1.5 Years at ECPI University’s Nearby Columbia Campus
Sumter Easy Home LLC has announced its purchase of a 104,000-square-foot building in Sumter County, South Carolina. In a news article published in the Columbia regional Business Report, officials outlined plans to invest $37 million dollars to establish the company’s first U.S. advanced manufacturing facility. For the past decade, this maker of household products had been producing its good in Asia. The new South Carolina facility is expected to employ approximately 88 people.
“This new facility will help us better service our customers by reducing lead times and controlling costs,” said company CEO Michael Lu in a news release. “We feel as if we’re not just coming to Sumter, we’re coming home.”
“Our state’s workforce has proven that it’s one of the best in the world, and that’s why we know Sumter Easy Home will succeed here,” South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster. “We are grateful for the commitment this investment shows in our state and look forward to seeing this great company prosper here for a long time.”
It seems like every day we hear about another company expanding or opening a new manufacturing operation somewhere in the southern United States. Some are coming back after using cheaper foreign labor, while other companies are foreign-owned and are establishing U.S. operations for the very first time. So, why is this happening? Technology. By using robotics and automated systems, companies need fewer people to produce their goods, which means cheap labor can no longer offset the considerable cost of shipping from overseas.
Yes, there are fewer workers in each plant, but the people who do work in these facilities are hardly manual laborers. They are engineers and technologists who work with sophisticated electronic, mechanical, and computer systems.
To get one of these jobs, you generally need some college, but not necessarily a four-year degree. For instance, Sumter Easy Home’s new facility is near ECPI University’s Columbia campus which offers a program directly aligned with the needs of advanced manufacturers.
ECPI University’s Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Engineering Technology program is designed to teach students how to:
- Identify, analyze and solve technical problems
- Use testing and measuring instruments to acquire data, analyze problems, and design a system or process
- Analyze and implement systems containing hardware and software components
- Work with computer programs and networks
Best of all, ECPI University offers a year-round, accelerated schedule, which means you can earn that associate’s degree in as little as 1.5 years. Want to learn more? Connect with ECPI University and its Columbia campus today. A helpful admissions advisor will be happy to answer all of your questions.
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