S.C. Department of Commerce announces 2018 Industry Impact awards

State celebrates industry for 27th year

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- As part of the 27th annual Industry Appreciation series, the S.C. Department of Commerce recognized its 2018 Industry Impact award recipients during an event on Thursday, April 26 at 701 Whaley Street 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 has developed a reputation around the world as a place that’s got it all, and that includes a workforce that can meet any challenge,” said Gov. Henry McMaster. “These local business leaders from all across our state are what make South Carolina such a wonderful place to live, work, and play.”

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.

“Team South Carolina is composed of countless moving parts and players, and we’re proud to recognize some of the companies that have made our state’s economy an international powerhouse,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “These recipients represent the workforce that has made our ongoing success possible.”

In addition to presenting the 2018 Industry Impact awards, the state recognized three businesses with a South Carolina Export Achievement award and one firm with a Recycling Industry Excellence award. Three students were also recognized as Young Entrepreneurs of the Year.

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


2018 Industry Impact Awards


Small Companies

Medium Companies

Large Companies

Tier 1

Chargeurs Wool USA, Inc.

Berkeley County

TideWater Boats, LLC

Lexington County


Charleston County

Tier 2

Fab Fours, Inc.

Lancaster County

PCI Group

Lancaster County

Movement Mortgage, LLC

Lancaster County

Tier 3



Horry County

CeramTec North America Corporation

Laurens County

Walmart Distribution Center

Laurens County

Tier 4

Phoenix Specialty Manufacturing Co.

Bamberg County

GKN Aerospace South Carolina

Orangeburg County

Zeus Industrial Products, Inc.

Orangeburg County

2018 Export Achievement Awards



JH Global Services, Inc.


MegaWatt Lasers, Inc.


Morrison Textile Machinery



2018 Recycling Industry Excellence Award



Atlas Organics


2018 Young Entrepreneurs of the Year



Business Venture

Andrew Eldridge

Fort Mill High School

MapleAce Programming

Aneelia Ma

River Bluff High School

La Trois B’s

Colin Posnanski

Wando High School

Brandz by Shoelace Society