SC Port CEO Newsome receives Lifetime Service Award
THE South Carolina Ports CEO Jim Newsome received the BlueCross BlueShield Outstanding Manufacturing Lifetime Service Award for his role in supporting South Carolina's advanced manufacturing sector
08 November 2020 - 19:00
Mr Newsome has been the president and CEO of SC Ports since 2009 where he worked to ensure the Port of Charleston remains globally competitive in the top 10 of US container ports.
He also successfully pursued vital infrastructure projects and harbor deepening which grew operations and doubled cargo volumes.
'The success of the port has been inextricably linked to the success of manufacturing in South Carolina. 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,' said Mr Newsome.
During the first quarter of the fiscal year 2021, SC Ports handled more than 73,000 vehicles for automakers, up 25 per cent compared to 2019.
'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. The manufacturing industry really taught us how to be an incredibly reliable port,'he said.
BMW's growth spurred the opening of the Inland Port Greer, an inland terminal that connects upstate to the Port of Charleston.
Said SC Ports chairman Bill Stern: 'SC Ports offers ample capacity and reliable operations for companies needing to move cargo between South Carolina and global markets. Jim's excellent leadership abilities at SC Ports have made a tremendous impact on South Carolina.'
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