AFL Supports Operational Workforce Program for Second Consecutive Year

Spartanburg, SC – AFL, a leading manufacturer of fiber optic cable, equipment and accessories is continuing its Operational Workforce Program into 2019 with ten students joining the program from Byrnes High School. Through a partnership with Spartanburg Community College (SCC), the training program offers these students an introduction to manufacturing. Classes are provided at Byrnes High School by SCC professors.

“As a sponsor of this program, AFL is able to partake in training the next generation of manufacturing associates,” explained Ryan Burns, human resources director for AFL. “The course gives students a great springboard into our manufacturing workforce.”  

AFL pioneered the first Operational Workforce Program in Spartanburg in late 2017 when 20 students toured AFL and 10 were selected from interviews to join the program in January 2018. Four students completed the program and are now employed by AFL. Ten students are enrolled for the January 2019 semester.

Burns continued, “The landscape has changed and AFL is now competing with local manufacturers for headcount. This program helps to create awareness of who we are and our impact in the community as well as abroad.”

AFL began operations in Spartanburg County in 1984, manufacturing one product, Optical Ground Wire. Since then it has expanded its product portfolio to include additional fiber optic cable, connectors, fiber management systems, test and inspection equipment, education, training, services and more. For additional information about AFL, its products and services, visit

About Spartanburg Community College
SCC offers more than 70 academic programs of study including associate degrees, diplomas and certificates, plus University Transfer opportunities to four-year colleges and universities. SCC provides flexible class scheduling including day, evening, weekend classes with multiple start dates and more than 100 online classes through SCCOnline. Offering the lowest tuition in the region, convenient locations, and regional/national accreditations, SCC offers educational opportunities leading to high-growth, high-demand jobs. The SCC Corporate & Community Education Division provides job and career enhancement, workforce development and personal enrichment courses and training programs. For more information, visit

About AFL
Founded in 1984, AFL is an international manufacturer providing end-to-end solutions to the energy, service provider, enterprise and industrial markets as well as several emerging markets. The company’s products are in use in over 130 countries and include fiber optic cable and hardware, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectivity, test and inspection equipment, fusion splicers and training. AFL also offers a wide variety of services supporting data center, enterprise, wireless, and outside plant applications.

Headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit

Ryan Burns
Human Resources Director

Corie Culp
Public Relations Manager