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
York County
Richland County
York County
Tier 2
Greenwood County
Greenwood County
Spartanburg County
Tier 3
Darlington County
Darlington County
Lancaster County
Tier 4
Union County
Union County
Union County
2017 Export Achievement Awards:
2017 Recycling Industry Excellence Award:
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
Blythewood High School
Life As We Know It Teen Blog, TV and Radio Show
*Recipients were not able to be present at the time the awards were presented.


About S.C. Department of Commerce
As South Carolina's leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. In three of five years, IBM-Plant Location International reports ranked South Carolina first in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment, per capita. The state won the Gold Shovel Award and the Project of Year Award from Area Development magazine in 2012, 2014 and 2015. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.