Two industries in TheLINK Region were recognized during the 2021 SC Manufacturing Conference and Expo in Greenville. The anchor event for the conference is the SC Manufacturing Extension Partnership Manufacturing Excellence Awards Luncheon that was held Friday, November 12th. Thirteen companies across the state received awards this year.

South Atlantic Canners in Bishopville received the Outreach Award for their community support and initiatives The stewardship program is the cornerstone of their purpose statement and over the past 10+ years they have been involved in and/or supported numerous community functions, environmental events, and youth education.

“We are grateful for the positive impact that South Atlantic Canners, Inc. has on Lee County and its residents, said Brian Rauschenbach, Existing Industry Project Manager. “The recent award speaks to the culture of South Atlantic Canners, Inc. and TheLINK Alliance is thrilled to celebrate the recognition with the company and its leadership. “

Santa Cruz Nutritionals received the Smart Move SC New Plant Award, highlighting the 2020 announcement to expand operations in Sumter County. The $84 million investment will create 164 new jobs. Established in 1968, SCN is a leading manufacturer of enhanced confectionery delivery systems. The company uses research and science to develop gummy vitamins such as calcium, fiber and other supplements for the functional food and nutraceutical markets.

“Our investments at the Sumter plant were made knowing that we could not be successful without a strong sense of community – both with our city and with our employees,” commented Steve Davis, Vice President of Operations, Santa Cruz Nutritionals, Sumter Plant. “The support that we have seen from both has been instrumental in our growth and I cannot be more excited about the future for Santa Cruz Nutritionals in Sumter and for all of our employees.”

Rauschenbach commented, “Santa Cruz Nutritional’s decision to locate, operate, and expand in Sumter, SC is the definition of an economic development success story. We take great pride in creating an environment where companies are successful in their business location and growth strategies which ● ● ● ●
leads to recurring capital investment and job creation for the company’s and region’s long-term success and sustainability.”

The South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP) is a private, non-profit group that serves as a proven resource to South Carolina businesses, providing them with a range of innovative strategies and solutions. An affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), SCMEP operates under the US Department of Commerce to promote innovation and industrial competitiveness.
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