CHARLESTON, SC — NOV. 2, 2020 — SC Ports President and CEO Jim Newsome received the BlueCross BlueShield Outstanding Manufacturing Lifetime Service Award for his dedication to supporting South Carolina’s advanced manufacturing sector.
SC Biz News and the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership honored Newsome with the prestigious award during SC Biz News’ annual S.C. Manufacturing Conference and Expo, which was held virtually this year. The S.C. Manufacturing Extension Partnership honored Newsome and 30 S.C. companies during the 23rd annual Manufacturing Excellence Awards.
Newsome has served as president and CEO of SC Ports since 2009, during which he has worked to ensure the Port of Charleston remains globally competitive as a top 10 U.S. container port.
He has successfully pursued vital infrastructure projects and harbor deepening, significantly grown port operations and doubled cargo volumes over the past decade.
“The success of the port has been inextricably linked to the success of manufacturing in South Carolina,” Newsome said. “Our port has doubled cargo volumes over the past 10 years based on the doubling of advanced manufacturing jobs in the state. That’s really a testament to the many companies that manufacture day in and day out in South Carolina. I am proud that SC Ports has played a role in this growth, and I appreciate this wonderful recognition.”
During the first quarter of fiscal year 2021, SC Ports handled more than 73,000 vehicles for automakers, up 25% year-over-year.
SC Ports has decades of experience and expertise in moving goods for manufacturers who operate just-in-time production facilities.
“We are pros at handling high-demand supply chain needs for the automotive and advanced manufacturing industry, which will translate seamlessly into supporting retail distribution,” Newsome said. “The manufacturing industry really taught us how to be an incredibly reliable port.”
BMW’s growth in the Upstate spurred the opening of Inland Port Greer, an inland terminal that connects the Upstate to the Port of Charleston via overnight rail. BMW was the anchor customer when Inland Port Greer opened in 2013. SC Ports now operates two rail-served inland ports in Greer and Dillon, S.C., enabling the efficient movement of goods around the Southeast and beyond.
Newsome said that cargo growth related to the manufacturing sector also supports SC Ports’ investments in big-ship infrastructure, such as building Phase One of the Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal, which opens in March.
“SC Ports offers ample capacity and reliable operations for companies needing to move cargo between South Carolina and global markets,” SC Ports Board Chairman Bill Stern said. “Jim’s excellent leadership abilities at SC Ports have made a tremendous impact on South Carolina.”
About South Carolina Ports Authority
South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA), established by the state’s General Assembly in 1942, owns and operates public seaport and intermodal facilities in Charleston, Dillon, Georgetown and Greer. As an economic development engine for the state, Port operations facilitate 225,000 statewide jobs and generate nearly $63.4 billion in annual economic activity. SCPA is soon to be home to the deepest harbor on the U.S. East Coast at 52 feet, and the Port is an industry leader in delivering speed-to-market, seamless processes and flexibility to ensure reliable operations, big ship handling, efficient market reach and environmental responsibility. For more information on SCPA, please visit www.scspa.com.