Published Sept. 17, 2015
Boeing South Carolina received the Manufacturer of the Year award for large companies while Travelers Rest-based T&S Brass and Bronze Works Inc. captured the manufacturer honor for small to mid-sized companies at the annual Palmetto Vision Awards Gala hosted by S.C. Chamber of Commerce.
The awards were given at the Sept. 10 event to those South Carolina companies that have excelled in manufacturing and workplace diversity. Additionally, the Human Resources Professional of the Year recognition and a special award for Excellence in Community Diversity were given.
Excellence in Workplace Diversity – Google South Carolina (large company); Starbucks Coffee Company, Sandy Run Roasting Plant (small/midsize company).
Human Resources Professional of the Year: Tanya Weldon, Gildan USA Inc., Charleston.
Excellence in Community Diversity – Emanuel AME Church, Charleston.
The Manufacturer of the Year award recognizes companies for their excellence in manufacturing, the chamber said. Criteria considered in selecting the winners included quality improvements, quality of life, environmental stewardship, community professional involvement, economic development, and education and workforce development.
The Excellence in Workplace Diversity award recognizes companies for their significant contributions to the advancement of South Carolina through diversity initiatives and inclusion efforts. Criteria considered in selecting the winners included diversity initiatives, effectiveness, and applicability.
The Human Resources Professional of the Year award is given to an individual in the human resources field who has made significant contributions to both their organization and the community.
Emanuel AME Church and congregation were recognized for their “leadership during the most trying time for Charleston and for our state,” the chamber said. The church was the site of a racially motivated shooting spree on June 17 that claimed the lives of nine people, including state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, and eventually led state officials to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds.