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 (link is external).


2018 Industry Impact Awards

Small Companies Medium Companies Large Companies
Tier 1 Chargeurs Wool USA, Inc. (link is external)

Berkeley County

TideWater Boats, LLC (link is external)

Lexington County

Ingevity (link is external)

Charleston County

Tier 2 Fab Fours, Inc. (link is external)

Lancaster County

PCI Group (link is external)

Lancaster County

Movement Mortgage, LLC (link is external)

Lancaster County

Tier 3 Integra (link is external)

Fabrics (link is external)

Horry County

CeramTec North America Corporation (link is external)

Laurens County

Walmart Distribution Center (link is external)

Laurens County

Tier 4 Phoenix Specialty Manufacturing Co. (link is external)

Bamberg County

GKN Aerospace South Carolina (link is external)

Orangeburg County

Zeus Industrial Products, Inc. (link is external)

Orangeburg County

2018 Export Achievement Awards

Company County
JH Global Services, Inc. (link is external) Greenville
MegaWatt Lasers, Inc. (link is external) Beaufort
Morrison Textile Machinery (link is external) Chester

2018 Recycling Industry Excellence Award

Company County
Atlas Organics (link is external) Spartanburg

2018 Young Entrepreneurs of the Year

Name School Business Venture
Andrew Eldridge (link is external) Fort Mill High School MapleAce Programming
Aneelia Ma (link is external) River Bluff High School La Trois B’s
Colin Posnanski (link is external) Wando High School Brandz by Shoelace Society


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. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. 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. With a strong international footprint, since 2011, the Palmetto State has ranked among top three in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis, according to IBM-Plant Location International. Additionally, in five of seven years, the state has won the Gold Shovel Award from Area Development magazine; and, in 2017, the state was recognized as Business Facilities’ State of the Year. For more information, visit


Media Contact:

Adrienne R. Fairwell, APR
Director of Marketing & Communications
South Carolina Department of Commerce
(803) 737-1998