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Apr 7, 2021  |  4th Manufacturers and Technology Expo Held for Students in Sumter And Lee Counties
March 31, 2021 For Immediate Release Contact: Erika Williams 803-464-8880 EkWilliams@sumtersc.gov   (Sumter, SC)—TheLINK Economic Development Alliance and the South… (more)


Apr 7, 2021  |  From SKF Sumter to Mars: Bearings produced at local plant used in Perseverance rover
BY BRUCE MILLS bruce@theitem.com Sumter's manufacturing base has always been known for making products used across the globe, but now… (more)


Mar 26, 2021  |  We got it MADE - Right HERE
For the past year, all of us have had to adjust our lives to deal with the global pandemic.  The… (more)


Mar 11, 2021  |  Opportunities take flight: Crestwood High School begins Sumter School District’s first drone certifi
BY BRUCE MILLS bruce@theitem.com Given the digital age we live in, you may see drones regularly flying around Sumter in… (more)


Mar 5, 2021  |  BD Breaks Ground for Phase 2 of Expansion Project
SUMTER, S.C., March 5, 2021 — After extended negotiations starting in 2016, The Sumter Economic Development team announced BD’s major… (more)


Mar 1, 2021  |  King Machine Selects Sumter County for Expansion Project
SUMTER, S.C., March 1, 2021 — Through the combined efforts of TheLINK Economic Development Alliance, Sumter Economic Development, The City… (more)


Feb 3, 2021  |  Shaw AFB Invites Local Manufacturing Companies For A Base Tour And A F-16 Demonstration
We are grateful for the strong relationship that exists between Shaw AFB and Sumter area manufacturers.  After leaders from Shaw… (more)


Jan 27, 2021  |  Virtual Career Fair for Shaw Air Force Base and the SC Military Community
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 27, 2021 Contact: James Richter Phone: 803.528.1288 Email: james@myscma.com (Columbia, SC) – Today, SC Future Makers, a… (more)


Jan 14, 2021  |  Team Sumter hosted Senator Tim Scott’s team for a meeting
Sumter Economic Development and TheLINK Alliance, the City of Sumter, and Sumter County hosted Senator Tim Scott’s team for a… (more)


Jan 7, 2021  |  Shaw AFB Wing Commander And Command Chief At Pilgrim’s, Continental & BD
Sumter Economic Development and TheLINK Alliance facilitated a series of Sumter based manufacturing familiarization tours with the leadership from Shaw… (more)



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We’ve made great strides. But now it’s time to shift our focus inward and really zero in on our number one asset: our people.”
Greg Thompson
Chair, Sumter Development Board