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Alliance tackles manufacturing issues

The South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance has been working during the COVID-19 pandemic to help Palmetto State industries navigate issues including worker safety, lack of child care, supply chain interruptions, unemployment, and a thicket of local, state, and federal health/behavior guidelines and mandates. That’s according to John Wall, guest speaker for Capital Rotary’s July 29 Zoom meeting.

Wall is vice president of government relations and general counsel for the group that represents 400 manufacturing facilities and 880,000 employees. He noted manufacturers have been proud to “fill in the gaps” by supplying personal protective equipment, hand sanitizer, gowns, and masks to combat the coronavirus. They also “stepped up in a big way lead the charge for contact tracing in the workplace,” Wall said.

While COVID-19 is today’s chief concern, Wall noted one of industry’s future legislative goals is business license tax reform setting a standard filing date, application form, appeals process, rate and class schedule, and a portal for online access.

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