An Aiken County industry was among 11 finalist companies recently honored in front of a full house of industry leaders at the 17th annual Salute to Manufacturing, held at the TD Convention Center in Greenville.

Honored with 2013 Silver Crescent Awards for Manufacturing Excellence were small manufacturer Cytec Industries of Aiken County, mid-sized manufacturer Southern Weaving of Greenville and large manufacturer Nucor Steel of Mount Pleasant.

The awards luncheon was attended by more than 300 business executives, community and political leaders and manufacturing industry representatives from across South Carolina and the Southeast. Honorees were chosen from a statewide slate of finalist companies nominated for superior performance in seven Crescents of Excellence – financial performance, customer satisfaction, employee engagement, citizenship, innovation, environmental stewardship and longevity plan for South Carolina. A national panel of independent, expert judges reviewed all applications to select finalists and determine winners.

The small manufacturer winner, representing companies with fewer than 200 employees, was Cytec Industries, a global specialty chemical and materials company serving the aerospace and automotive markets. Located at two facilities in Langley and North Augusta, Cytec employs a total of 135 people. Among its noteworthy accomplishments, Cytec was cited for its nationally admired emphasis on real-time plant performance measurement, allowing immediate input, decision-making and corrective action to enhance productivity, and for taking a proactive role in introducing middle and high school students to career options in chemical manufacturing.

The awards luncheon was preceded by a standing-room-only best practices forum, featuring presentations by senior industry executives including Brian McSharry of Sage Automotive; Fran Jones and John Stewart of Bridgestone Americas; Bryan Dods of GE Power & Water; Pam Bedenbaugh of Cox Industries; and Fred Dedrick, executive director of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.

The Silver Crescent Award was established by the Silver Crescent Foundation to honor outstanding small, mid-sized and large manufacturers from across South Carolina, and to promote awareness of the importance of manufacturing to our standard of living and quality of life in the Palmetto State. The Silver Crescent Foundation’s mission is to increase awareness of the importance of manufacturing among the public by promoting manufacturing vitality and advancing career opportunities in South Carolina.

To learn more about the Silver Crescent Awards and the Salute to Manufacturing program, visit or call Sharon Halsey at 803-657-6183.