Did you know...The PDCA South Carolina Chapter
incorporated as a registered nonprofit organization 20 years ago this month and held its first Membership Meeting
on May 6, 2003. The Chapter affiliated with the international organization and was designed to provide a local presence that, to this day, serves and educates the driven pile industry primarily in The Palmetto State
while also reaching interested parties in North Carolina and Georgia.
The first meeting of the PDCA South Carolina Chapter was held at T-Bonz, a former steakhouse in Mount Pleasant, SC. The charter leadership team consisted of founding member and president Harry Robbins
of Palmetto Pile Driving
, vice president John King
of Pile Drivers, Inc.
, and secretary/treasurer Andrea Edwards
of what was Cox Industrial
and today is Koppers
. The initial at-large board members included John Parker
of Parker Marine Contracting Corp., Richard Gilbert
of Nucor Skyline Steel
, Bob Musselwhite
of Cape Romain Contractors
, and Keith Plemmons
of The Citadel
While some of the founding members have entered retirement or moved on in different capacities, some of them are still active with PDCA today. Several of them participated in a Charleston golf outing this month and gathered to commemorate the 20-year anniversary of the PDCA Chapter they established. And if you know anything about the PDCA South Carolina Chapter, you know that they are strong proponents of industry swag...and as you would expect, they produced a stadium cup to mark their two decades in existence.
PDCA thanks all current and former members of the PDCA South Carolina Chapter for its work in establishing a strong, singular voice for the driven pile in a critical, American marketplace. In addition to its work successfully building a robust coalition of contractors, equipment manufacturers, industry suppliers and civil engineers, it has also started and continues great industry traditions such as the Annual Oyster Roast
which draws attendees from throughout the eastern U.S. to Charleston every January. Make sure to watch the PDCA Events
calendar for upcoming dates for all PDCA Chapters.