UofSC joins Samsung to develop advanced appliances

The University of South Carolina is joining Samsung Electronics America and Clemson University to create the Palmetto Consortium for Home Appliance Innovation [PCHAI], a robust R&D program designed to catalyze innovation, foster public/private collaboration, and nurture the next generation of advanced manufacturing professionals in South Carolina. 

The creation of the consortium comes six months after Samsung announced it would open a new state-of-the-art home appliance manufacturing plant in Newberry, South Carolina, where production of washers will begin in the first quarter of 2018. It will be a critical component in Samsung’s commitment to researching, developing and manufacturing quality products in South Carolina, and accelerate delivery of premium appliances to customers across the United States.

“We are delighted to welcome Samsung to the Palmetto State,” said USC President Harris Pastides. “The University of South Carolina brings an array of expertise and experience to this new consortium—from engineering and computing to design and global business knowledge and are eager to get started on new innovations that benefit both consumers and our work force.  Our researchers and students have a long track record of successful private sector partnerships, from Boeing to IBM, and we are committed to helping bring new technologies to market.”

More than 350 employees have been hired to work at the Newberry facility, and by 2020 the plant will create nearly 1,000 local jobs.

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