Chuck Spanger

President, South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership


Chuck has over 30 years of experience in a variety of different industries, including Milliken & Company, Michelin, Willis Hosiery, and the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP). He has been with SCMEP for 23 years in a variety of roles including Manufacturing Specialist, Field Manager, Chief Operating Officer, and now President.

As President, Chuck develops strategy, manages the organization’s budget, and develops new programs to promote growth. He is also responsible for cultivating a network of resources throughout South Carolina which include the SC Department of Commerce, economic developers, Chamber of Commerce, and private consultants. In 2015, SCMEP had a statewide impact of $1.083 billion and served over 320 manufacturers in South Carolina. A champion in the development of the Competitiveness Review (CR) assessment tool, trained manufacturing and technical specialists can quickly identify the top two to three issues that have the greatest impact on a company’s competitiveness and profitability. It has helped develop holistic improvement plans for over 1,800 manufacturing clients since 1996. In recognition of these achievements, Chuck was selected Practitioner of the Year at the 2001 Modernization Forum, the annual MEP conference attended by centers across the country. Chuck serves as a Board Member on the Advisory Committee of Workforce and Development at Clemson University as well as the Editorial Board for South Carolina Manufacturing. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Textile Management from North Carolina State University and is married with three boys.