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Statewide Asphalt Workforce Development Campaign Underway

Ashley Batson
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

How many times have you driven past road construction work and wondered about that whole process and what those jobs might be like?  Our next guest’s organization is in the middle of a campaign right now with an education mission of just that.

Mike Switzer interviews Ashley Batson, executive director for the South Carolina Asphalt Pavement Association.

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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.