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Visualizing future factories

South Carolina Business Review
SC Public Radio

Factories of old are certainly not the factories of today. And factories of the future may not even be recognizable. Which is why our next guest’s institution of higher learning recently received $5 million in funding to study future factories. Their research will look at how factories of the future “think” and how humans and non-humans can interact to anticipate consumer needs and avoid supply chain issues like the ones we’re seeing now. Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Ramy Harik,  associate professor of mechanical engineering at the McNAIR Center at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC.

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.