2015 Salute to Manufacturing Awards Luncheon

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650 Attendees Watched as Five South Carolina Manufacturing
Companies Took Home Excellence Awards

The anchor event of the 2015 SC Manufacturing Conference and Expo was the 18th annual Salute to Manufacturing Awards Luncheon, which featured a keynote address by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. Several of the state’s manufacturers won excellence awards, which were judged by a panel of experts from the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME). The awards were basedSC Manufacturing Conference and Expo 2015-0254 (1) on demonstrated performance in citizenship, employee engagement, customer satisfaction, environmental stewardship, innovation, financial performance and a longevity plan. The application sequence itself has been praised by manufacturing executives statewide for enabling their organizations to streamline processes, increase margins and lower operating costs. Winners were:

BorgWarner Torq Transfer Systems won the 2015 Silver Crescent Award, the most prestigious award a South Carolina manufacturer can receive. It was the second time BorgWarner had taken home the big prize. BorgWarner produces transfer cases for pickup trucks, SUVs and passenger cars at the company’s location in Seneca, South Carolina.  Past winners of the Silver Crescent Award include Bridgestone Firestone, Nucor Steel, Robert Bosch, BASF and GE Gas Turbines.

SC Manufacturing Conference and Expo 2015-0357Gov. Nikki Haley and Lynn Harton, President of United Community Bank (right) present Chris Walsh, plant manager at BorgWarner, with the Silver Crescent Award.

Cox Industries won one of three Manufacturing Excellence Awards. Cox is an Orangeburg-based, family-owned and -operated manufacturer and distributor of treated outdoor wood products for the residential, commercial, industrial and utility markets. Photo below, right: Gov. Nikki Haley and Lynn Harton, President of United Community Bank (right) present Mikee Johnson, CEO of Cox Industries, with the company’s award.SC Manufacturing Conference and Expo 2015-0332

Honda of South Carolina Manufacturing, Inc. also won a Manufacturing Excellence Award. Honda’s location in Timmonsville is one of the company’s 14 major factories in North America.

Mack Molding Co., Southern Division won the third excellence award. The Inman-based company provides plastic injection molding and contract manufacturing services to a variety of industries.

The new Smart Choice SC Award was also handed out at the luncheon. The award honors a company that has made a significant economic development announcement for the state during the SC Manufacturing Conference and Expo 2015-0323previous year. It was judged by the editors of SC Biz News. Toray Industries won the inaugural award. The Tokyo-based carbon fiber producer plans to create 500 jobs and invest $1 billion in building an advanced materials manufacturing plant in Moore. Toray is one of Boeing’s largest suppliers of composite material for the 787 Dreamliner, which is produced in Charleston and Everett, Washington.

AME, which honors organizations and states that are role models in their efforts to expand and recruit manufacturing jobs and provide meaningful opportunities for veterans, handed out the Made in America Award. AME presented the award to the state of South Carolina and SC Biz News. Gov. Nikki Haley and Grady Johnson, president and group publisher of SC Biz News, accepted the award.