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

April 30, 2018
Ingevity wins Industry Impact Award
Ingevity wins Industry Impact Award

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. TideWater Boats, LLC Ingevity
Berkeley County Lexington County Charleston County
Tier 2 Fab Fours, Inc. PCI Group Movement Mortgage
Lancaster County Lancaster County Lancaster County
Tier 3 Integra Fabrics CeramTec North America Corporation Walmart Distribution Center
Horry County Laurens County Laurens County
Tier 4 Phoenix Specialty Manufacturing Co. GKN Aerospace South Carolina Zeus Industrial Products
Bamberg County Orangeburg County Orangeburg County

2018 Export Achievement Awards

Company County
JH Global Services, Inc. Greenville
MegaWatt Lasers, Inc. Beaufort
Morrison Textile Machinery Chester


2018 Recycling Industry Excellence Award

Company County
Atlas Organics Spartanburg


2018 Young Entrepreneurs of the Year

Name School 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