Case | HBS Case Collection | October 2013 (Revised November 2015)

Southwire and 12 For Life: Scaling Up? (A)

by Jan W. Rivkin and Ryan Lee


Southwire, a leading maker of cable based in rural Georgia, has partnered with the local school system to staff a factory with at-risk high school students. The positive impact on student outcomes has been remarkable, and the factory makes a profit for the company. Now leaders of the effort wonder how they can encourage other businesses to launch similar win-win partnerships with educators.

Keywords: Partners and Partnerships; Production; Education; Business and Community Relations; Manufacturing Industry; Education Industry;


Rivkin, Jan W., and Ryan Lee. "Southwire and 12 For Life: Scaling Up? (A)." Harvard Business School Case 714-434, October 2013. (Revised November 2015.)