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Luck Stone states that its mission is to “ignite human potential through Values Based Leadership and positively impact the lives of others around the world.” “When we bring a new site into our company, our associates become a part of that community, and that community becomes a part of us,” said John Pullen, Chief Growth Officer for the company. President and CEO, Charlie Luck added “Our growth in South Carolina aligns with our long-term mission to make a positive impact on the lives of people and on the welfare of the communities we serve.”
In partnership with the Historic Camden Foundation’s Joseph Kershaw Trade Program and Santee-Lynches Council of Governments, we thank Luck Stone for bringing its mission to Kershaw County.
In December, our partnership graduated the first Workforce Development class based on Historic Camden’s colonial brickyard. With Luck Stone’s industrial equipment and space, the program provided training and certifications needed to earn a living wage working on industrial jobsites for large national refractory contractors. Our students have their first jobs at REFTECH INTERNATIONAL and MCNEIL USA.
In addition to these first students, the program assisted in producing new collaborators around the region including the following companies who gave in-kind assistance to keep the program going during a challenging year:
Taylor Clay, Palmetto Bricks, American College of the Building Arts, American Safety Council, The Mobile Attic. Further Camden assistance was provided by Kershaw County School District, SC Works, Philip Hultgren, and Old McCaskill’s Farm.
The team at the Luck Stone Kershaw Plant provided equipment, advice, training and time. Matt Pullin, Plant Manager at the Luck Stone Kershaw Plant, reflects on our partnership at the graduation ceremony, “It’s an honor to support the work of Historic Camden,” he explained. “We really enjoyed working with the program participants and congratulate them on their accomplishment. This is a special community, and Luck Stone is proud to be a part of it.”
Through this process, Historic Camden Foundation was further able to meet our goal of producing a living history area based on the Kershaw Mercantile trades of brick making, pottery and woodworking. These skills are all ancient practices which helped guide the learning process for today’s students. Cary Briggs, the program supervisor notes that “Historic Camden’s project is a STEAM (Science, Technology Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) program, providing a new path for appreciating the work of specialized craftsmen, and applying those skills to current jobs and 20th century techniques.
Funding for future workforce classes is being discussed and as the weather warms, we look forward to continuing the brickyard and pottery experiences. We will begin to enhance our additions to the horticultural history, iron forge works, and colonial medical practices- engaging visitors in Kershaw County history and how these trades impacted the Revolutionary War story in South Carolina. Visit www.historiccamden.org/events to see our line-up for First Sunday Fireside Chats and Second Saturday RevWar Living History Days.