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Thank you for your interest in SME Greater Charleston Chapter 430. We would like to encourage each you to visit SME online at sme.org for further details about membership and chapter events. If you have questions about the chapter, please contact us. You are a leader in the manufacturing community, and SME appreciates your contributions.

Chapter 430 Board Members                     
PO Box 42403
Charleston, SC 29423


Greater Charleston Chapter 430 is awarded the Silver Status Medal for 2012 Accomplishments

Congratulations to the members of Chapter 430 for achieving Silver Status for accomplishments achieved during 2012. The Chapter set goals to improve each year and improve we did. Our Silver award was for the following categories:
  • Professional Development, which includes not simply the number and quality of meetings held by the chapter, but how leaders are developed to continue the work of the chapter.
  • Advancement in Manufacturing, including interaction with other chapters and community outreach.

It takes a great deal of effort to make an SME chapter successful. What is the definition of chapter success? While this means different things to different people, we have to look at what SME states about its purpose. Through its integrated strategic areas — events, publishing, membership, training & development and the SME Education Foundation — SME acts as “the solutionist” to help manufacturing stakeholders overcome their challenges with innovative, practical solutions. SME is “Making the future. Together.” Our local chapter's ability to both link members together and to disseminate knowledge can be considered one measure of success. These can be facilitated by effective communication, interaction with local manufacturing, leadership development and best practices.


  • Laing Middle School does well in the district First Lego League competition held on Jan 18th - See Gallery
  • Re-Industrialization of America presentation given by Mr. Jeff Stanton, Director of Worldwide Manufacturing Engineering at Cummins Turbo Technologies.
  •  Chapter 430 holds annual dinner on Dec 2nd,  see Gallery page for details.
  •  Laing Middle School helps build a Cummins QSK95 engine out of 30,000 Lego bricks. See Gallery page for details. 






Gain recognition as the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking in the Greater Charleston, South Carolina region. We intend to be the primary conduit for bridging the knowledge gap and desire among Charleston area youth for fulfilling careers in manufacturing. 


To acquire and distribute quality manufacturing knowledge among its members as well as the broader community resulting in increased interest and improved manufacturing skill base in the area. We also desire to support our Charleston area youth in their knowledge and awareness of manufacturing as a viable career option.



Chapter Chair

Dick Tiano 
Email: tiano@scra.org
Phone: 843-509-6010
John Oldham 
Email: johno@homesc.com
Phone: 843-870-5182
Kevin Beers
Email: kevinbeers@gmail.com
Phone: 843-922-0304

James Zhang
Email: z.xinning@gmail.com
Phone: 843-442-3851


  1. IFA Rotorion Plant Tour

    Apr 17, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (ET)
  2. 2014 Chapter 430 Golf Outing

    May 17, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM (ET)
    Summerville, SC, United States



Chapter 430 Newsletters (coming soon)

SME Quarterly Newsletters

March ASQ Charleston Chapter Newsletter

Chapter 430 Highlights

1st Quarter 2014

Hard Work Pays Off for South Carolina Middle School Students 

4th Quarter 2013

Chapter 430 a Proud Sponsor/Partner

Outreach continues to local-area studentsMore




SME Chapter 430 Event Calender 2014

Carolina Low Country Quality Conference: "Quality in Practice"

Apex Expo March 25-27, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada

New Ideas for New Horizons





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