Economic Visionaries Past Awards

  • Congratulations, 2020 Winners

    Piedmont Natural Gas

    Category 1: 1-50 employees: A provider of natural gas distribution services since the early 1950s, PNG today is a business unit of Duke Energy, serving more than one million customers in Upstate South Carolina, North Carolina and metropolitan Nashville, Tennessee. The company was recognized for its initiatives in workforce development and environmental awareness and its philanthropy.
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    EV20 Award winners Piedmont Natural GasShown from left: Hank McCullough, Piedmont Natural Gas; SCC President Henry C. Giles, Jr.; and Terry Marcum, Piedmont Natural Gas

    Toray Composite Materials America

    Category 2: 51-150 employees: Toray Composite Materials America is a producer of highly technical carbon fiber used in aerospace, defense, rocket ships/satellites, automotive and other high technical areas.
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    EV20 award winners Toray group photo

    Shown from left: Mary Willard, Toray; SCC President Henry C. Giles, Jr.; and Tom Hinrich, Toray. 

    Bank of America

    In Category 3: 151-400 employees: Bank of America began serving South Carolina more than 120 years ago with a commitment to help grow local economies and strengthen local communities. The company was honored for innovative initiatives to improve customer interaction and employee recruitment and retention.
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    EV20 award winners Bank of America groupShown from left: Stacy Brandon, Bank of America, with SCC President Henry C. Giles, Jr.

    Milliken & Company

    Category 4: 401+ employees: With 153 years of storied history in the upstate, Milliken seeks to solve everyday problems with innovative solutions, many of which are brought to life from its Spartanburg headquarters. An advocate for workforce development and empowerment, Milliken was named to America’s Best Mid-Sized Employers list by Forbes magazine for the second time in 2019.
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    EV20 award winner Milliken photoSCC 2020 Economic Visionary Award winners from left: Rich Gibson, Milliken; SCC President Henry C. Giles, Jr.; Ottilia Scanlon, Milliken.

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    • 2019

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    • We salute the four 2019 Economic Visionaries Award Winners
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      AWL Automation LLC

      Category 1: 1-50 Employees

      Lockhart Power Company

      Category 2: 51-150 Employees

      Polydeck Screening Corporation

      Category 3: 151-400 Employees

      Duke Energy - South Carolina

      Category 4: 401 or More Employees

      Photos of the event may be viewed in the SCC gallery at



  • Award winners 2018

    Shown in the photos:

    AFL - Grant Burns, chairman of the SCC Foundation Board of Directors and AFL general counsel; and Kurt Dallas, AFL executive vice president cable & connectivity. View video

    Crow & Bulman Engineering - Wade Crow, senior engineer/ president; Shane Bulman, senior engineer/vice president; and Hamp Crow, senior engineer/principal. View video

    Johnson Development Associates, Inc. - Rob Rain, president of the JDA Industrial Division; Claudia Albergotti, executive vice president; and Alex Powell, downtown leasing and development manager. View video

    GSP Airport District - David N. Edwards, Jr., AAE, president and chief executive officer of the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District (shown with Henry C. Giles, Jr., president of SCC.) View video

    Photos of the event may be viewed in the SCC gallery at


     2017: Inaugural Year

  • Economic Visionaries 2017 Winner LogosClick on links below to view the feature video for each winning company, listed in their respective categories:

    Category: 1-50 Employees
    Broad River Electric Cooperative, Inc.

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    Category 2: 51-100 Employees
    Atchison Transportation Services

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    Category 3: 101-299 Employees
    Timken Company - Tyger River Plant

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    Category 4: 300 or More Employees
    BMW Manufacturing Company, Inc.

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    Economic Visionaries 2017 winners

    Shown in photo from left to right: Mr. Max Metcalf, manager of government and community relations at BMW Manufacturing, Inc., Mr. Bob Hart, plant manager at the Tyger River Plant, Mr. Charles Atchinson, president of Atchison Transportation Services and Mr. Terry Mallard, president and CEO of Broad River Electric Cooperative.