State manufacturers recognized for community impact

Staff Report
Published March 21, 2013

Nucor Steel of Mount Pleasant, Cytec Industries of Aiken County and Southern Weaving of Greenville today received this year’s Awards for Manufacturing Excellence presented by the Silver Crescent Foundation.

The three companies were among 11 finalists in three categories — small, medium and large manufacturers. Winners were announced today at the annual Salute to Manufacturing luncheon at the TD Convention Center in Greenville.

The program recognizes manufacturers’ citizenship, employee engagement, customer satisfaction, environmental stewardship, innovation, financial performance and commitment to longevity in South Carolina.

A national panel of judges reviewed candidate’s applications to determine the winners. Nucor won in the large manufacturer category, Southern Weaving in the mid-sized category and Cytec in the category recognizing small manufacturers.

Other finalists for honors in the 2013 competition were:

Large Manufacturer Finalists (500 or more employees)
BMW Manufacturing Co., Spartanburg County
Boeing, North Charleston
Itron, West Union

Mid-Sized Manufacturer Finalists (200 to 499 employees)
Aaron Industries Inc., Clinton
Shaw Industries, Central

Small Manufacturer Finalists (199 or fewer employees)
Holcim Inc., Holly Hill
PropertyBoss Solutions, Greenville
Spartanburg Meat Processing Co. Inc., Spartanburg

Presented annually by The Silver Crescent Foundation, the 2013 Silver Crescent Awards are co-sponsored by the SCRA, SC Biz News and Scott and Co. CPAs.

About the winners

Cytec is a global specialty chemical and materials company serving the aerospace and automotive markets. Located at two facilities in Langley and North Augusta, Cytec employs 135 people. The manufacturer was cited for its emphasis on real-time plant performance measurement efforts and for its role in introducing middle and high school students to career options in chemical manufacturing.

Southern Weaving employs 212 people, designing and producing high-tensile narrow fabrics used in cargo restrain, safety protection and other areas. Southern Weaving was noted for its partnerships with community organizations such as Greenville Technical College, Furman University, SC Works, ReadySC, SCMEP and Personal Pathways to Success.

Nucor Steel recycled more than 2 million tons of steel in 2012. It was cited for performance on safety, cost, energy efficiency and innovation metrics, as well as for maintaining employee retention rates exceeding 98%.

The Silver Crescent Award was established by the Silver Crescent Foundation to raise awareness of the manufacturing sector’s impact on the state’s quality of life. The Silver Crescent Foundation's mission is to increase awareness of the importance of manufacturing among the general public by promoting manufacturing vitality and advancing career opportunities in South Carolina.

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