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Upstate aerospace/automotive supplier announces expansion

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Most people are aware by now that our state has built and continues to build pretty impressive industries in automotive and aerospace. Our next guest is an example of one of the many cogs in those wheels that keeps growing and expanding. Mike Switzer interviews Matt Kelley, CEO of Kelley Engineering in Piedmont, 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.