Aerotek, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Carlisle Associates, MAU Workforce Solutions, Nephron Pharmaceuticals, SE Industrial Equipment


The anchor event of the 2018 SC Manufacturing Conference and Expo will be the 20th annual Salute to Manufacturing Awards Luncheon. It will be held at 12:15 on Wednesday, Sept. 12th on the conference floor. The keynote speaker will be Thomas Makosch, director, IoT for the Americas, Bosch Group.  Nine awards will be handed out during the event. Winners will be chosen from among a group of 25 finalists. A complete list of awards and finalists are listed below:


The Carlisle Associates Smart Move South Carolina Award (New Facility). FINALISTS:

  1. Arthrex, Inc.
  2. Keurig Dr. Pepper
  3. Samsung South Carolina
  4. Volvo Car Group


The Carlisle Associates Smart Move South Carolina Award (Facility Expansion). FINALISTS:
  1. BMW Manufacturing
  2. Mercedes Benz Vans
  3. Ruiz Food Products


Outstanding Manufacturing Lifetime Service Award – This award recognizes an individual whose contributions have had a significant and lasting impact on the South Carolina manufacturing community over a number of years. FINALISTS:
  1. Danny Johnson — North Industrial Machine
  2. Don Erickson — Lockheed Martin, Corp.
  3.  Tom O’Hanlan — Sea Level Systems, Inc.


Innovator of the Year Award — Award recognizes a company that has — through the innovation of new devices, ideas/inventions and/or processes — transformed their business and bettered the South Carolina manufacturing community. FINALISTS:
  1.  Becton Dickinson — Sumter
  2.  Fab Fours — Lancaster


Outreach Award — Honors a manufacturer making a tangible and measurable impact on communities in South Carolina. FINALISTS:
  1.  BMW Manufacturing — Spartanburg
  2.  Shaw Industries Group, Inc. — Columbia/Clemson
  3.  Sonoco — Hartsvillle


Emerging Manufacturer of the Year Award — Award presented to one company that has been in operation for five or fewer years and has demonstrated superior performance. FINALISTS:
  1.  AHT Cooling Systems, USA, Inc. — Ladson
  2.  Brackish Bow Ties — Charleston
  3.  PROOF Alcohol Ice Cream — Columbia


Transformation and Operational Excellence Award — Honors a company that can demonstrate to the business community real-world, bottom line results achieved through the adoption of continuous improvement and/or operational excellence tools and techniques. FINALISTS:


100+ Employees
  1.  Itron, Inc. — West Union
  2.  Komatsu American Corp. — Newberry
  3.  Sportsman Boats — Summerville
21 — 100 Employees
  1.  Fukoku — Laurens
  2.  Koss Creative Brands — Columbia
  3.  Solvay Specialty Polymers — Rock Hill
Under 20 Employees
  1.  Atlantic Tooling & Fabricating Co. — Quinby
  2.  Coastal Hydraulics, Inc. — North Charleston
  3.  NanoScreen, LLC — North Charleston
  1.  JBE, Inc. — Hartsville
  2.  The Greenhouse Company of SC — Columbia
  3.  Wholesale Boutique — Myrtle Beach