Dorchester County Forms Collaborative Industrial Council

Summerville, South Carolina

April 20, 2009 - In an effort to build partnerships between the existing industries of Dorchester County, Dorchester County Economic Development recently formed the Dorchester County Industrial Council (DCIC). The group held its first meeting on March 31, 2009.

"It is important for industries to work collaboratively," commented Andy Gresham, Plant Manager of Raisio Staest, USA, Inc, and council co-chair. "The Industrial Council offers an opportunity for management teams to come together, communicate and build mutually-beneficial partnerships."

The group is open to the management teams of all Dorchester County industries and manufacturers.  DCIC will hold its next meeting on May 21, 2009, at 7:30 a.m. The meeting will be held in the boardroom of the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce, located at 402 North Main Street in Summerville.

Scarth MacDonnell, Plant Manager of Lafarge NA, Inc, and co-chair noted that, "A strong, unified voice is critical for the industrial and manufacturing community. The concept of the Council has received a very positive response. The progress we made at our first meeting was very positive, and we invite other industry leaders to take part."  

Dorchester County Council Chairman Jamie Feltner added, "Council understands how important the continued success of our existing industry is to the economic vitality of Dorchester County. It is exciting to see industry leaders come together in support and cooperation."

For more information about the Dorchester County Industrial Council please contact Wendy Smith, Existing Business Manager, at (843) 875-9109 or