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S.C. Department of Commerce announces 2017 Industry Impact Awards

State celebrates industry for 26th year

COLUMBIA, S.C. - As part of the 26th annual Industry Appreciation series, the S.C. Department of Commerce recognized its 2017 Industry Impact Award recipients during an event on Thursday, May 11 at The Hall at Senate's End in Columbia, S.C. Honoring businesses that have made significant contributions to their communities and state, the recipients were selected within a certain employment size and county development tier group.

"South Carolina continues to have one of the most pro-business climates in the world, and this couldn't be possible without the partnerships we've forged with companies both large and small. These local businesses -- and their leaders -- form the backbone of our state's economy, and I congratulate them on this deserved recognition," said Governor Henry McMaster.

Each year, S.C. Commerce joins local communities to thank businesses for their vital contributions to South Carolina's economy with an Industry Appreciation event. Nominees for this year's Industry Impact Awards were judged based on a number of factors, including capital investment, job creation, community engagement and environmental stewardship.

"The secret to South Carolina's economic success is its people, and we will always honor the fine work they do," said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. "The state's Industry Appreciation events are a long-running tradition, and we're proud of this year's recipients."

In addition to presenting the 2017 Industry Impact Awards, the state also recognized three businesses with a South Carolina Export Achievement Award and one firm with a Recycling Industry Excellence award. S.C. Economics also recognized five students as Young Entrepreneurs of the Year.

For photos of the awards recipients, please visit S.C. Commerce's flickr page.

2017 Industry Impact Awards:


Small Companies

Medium Companies

Large Companies

Tier 1

Anderson Hydra Platforms

York County

Mars Petcare

Richland County


York County

Tier 2

Colombo Energy

Greenwood County

Colgate-Palmolive Co.

Greenwood County

BMW Manufacturing

Spartanburg County

Tier 3


Darlington County

North Industrial Machine

Darlington County

Nutramax Laboratories

Lancaster County

Tier 4

Vapor Apparel

Union County

Standard Textile

Union County


Union County


2017 Export Achievement Awards:



Measurement Technology Group


Phoenix Specialty Manufacturing


Stewarts of America



2017 Recycling Industry Excellence Award:



US Fibers



2017 Young Entrepreneurs of the Year:

Name, Grade


Business Venture

Grace Cromer, 12th Grade

Anderson Five Career Campus

Pennies 4 Preemies

Landon Gray, 12th Grade

Crescent High School

BGFT Shoes & Apparel

Ava Grace Long, 4th Grade*

Prosperity-Rikard Elementary School

Native Nativities of South Carolina

Savannah McCants, 11th Grade*

Wando High School

McCanter Equestrian

Justin Greer Mitchell, 11th Grade

Blythewood High School

Life As We Know It Teen Blog, TV and Radio Show


*Recipients were not present at the time the awards were presented.