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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 Platinum Status Medal for 2016 Accomplishments

Congratulations to the members of Chapter 430 for achieving Platinum Status for the fourth year in a row for accomplishments achieved during 2016. We are the only chapter to achieve this award four years in a row since the SME award program started in 2011. The Chapter set goals to maintain and improve each year and we continue to meet those goals. Our Platinum award was for success in 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.
  • Communication to members and the community through passive (up-to-date website or social media page) and active means (email blasts, bulletins, phone calls).
  • Advancement in Manufacturing, including interaction with other chapters and community outreach.
  • Merit, such as submitting a best practice and net membership numbers.

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 and interaction with local manufacturing, schools, community, leadership development and best practices.



  • SME Chapter 430's 7th Annual Golf Event was a big success raising $8,800. This will be used to support local schools and our Chapter. See Gallery for details
  • SME Greater Charleston Chapter 430 is proud to be a partner and a sponsor for Woodland's Iron Wolverines FIRST Robotics Ream 4083. See Gallery for details.
  • Woodland High School Robotic Team launches balloon into space.

    Click on link to see the article and video clip. Click Here 

  • SME Chapter 430 and the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce team up to make Manufacturing Day on Oct. 3rd, 2014 a big success. See Gallery for details.

  • SME Chapter 430 is once again proud to sponsor the Laing Middle School First Lego League teams for the 2014-2015 school year. See Gallery for details.

  • SME Chapter 430 is once again proud to sponsor the West Ashley High School Vex team for the 2014-2015 school year. See Gallery 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.

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Chapter Chair

Dick Tiano 
Email: dick.tiano@ati.org
Phone: 843-509-6010
Kevin Beers

Treasurer                         Chris Duchaine          Email:chris.duchaine@trimech.com
Phone: 802-249-0751

Nate Andrews
(843) 847-1109

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Chapter 430 Newsletters (coming soon)

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1st Quarter 2016

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The Governor of the State of South Carolina has signed a Proclamation proclaiming
The week of 3 October "Manufacturing Week" and 7 October "National Manufacturing Day in South Carolina."

Click here to see the Proclamation

ASQ Charleston Section 1122 News and Upcoming Events. Click here for details.

SME Charleston Chapter 430 Event Calendar - Click here