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COLUMBIA -- The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce announced recipients of awards at the annual Palmetto Vision Awards Gala held Sept. 10.

Awards were given to those South Carolina companies that have excelled in manufacturing and workplace diversity.

Starbucks Coffee Co.'s Sandy Run Roasting Plant won Excellence in Workplace Diversity among small and midsize companies. Google South Carolina was teh winner among large companies.

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.

Additionally, the Human Resources Professional of the Year recognition and a special award for Excellence in Community Diversity were given. The awardees are vetted and chosen by steering committees for Manufacturing, Human Resources, and Diversity, and the South Carolina SCHRM State Council.

The Manufacturer of the Year award recognizes companies for their excellence in manufacturing. 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 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.

The special presentation of the Excellence in Community Diversity is given to the Emanuel A.M.E. church in Charleston. This award is usually given to an individual who has been dedicated to the betterment of their community, but this year’s award recognizes the entire Emanuel A.M.E. church congregation for their leadership during the most trying time for Charleston and for our state.

Other winners are:

Manufacturer of the Year: The Boeing Co. South Carolina (large company)

T&S Brass and Bronze Works Inc. (small/midsize company)

Human Resources Professional of the Year: Tanya Weldon, MHRD, PHR, Gildan Usa, Inc

Special Award: Excellence in Community Diversity: Emanuel AME Church, Charleston

Contact the writer: and 803-533-5520.



Lee Harter has been editor of The Times and Democrat since 1981

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