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College announces Economic Visionary award recipients

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Spartanburg Community College recently recognized four companies for “significant contributions in transforming the Upstate business community.”

According to a news release, Economic Visionary awards were presented to Atchison Transportation Services, Broad River Electric Cooperative Inc., the Timken Co.-Tyger River plant and BMW Manufacturing Co.

"The Upstate is the engine driving South Carolina's new economy. During the past seven years, companies have invested more than $9 billion in capital in the Upstate, creating nearly 35,000 jobs. And more than 375 companies, representing 32 countries, call this area home, fueling South Carolina's reputation as a global economic leader," said Henry C. Giles Jr., Spartanburg Community College president, in the release, adding that the “inaugural Economic Visionaries is a wonderful opportunity for the college to recognize and thank innovative companies for the work they do.”

James Newsome, president and CEO of the S.C. Ports Authority, was guest speaker at an event to announce the Economic Visionary award recipients.

"Our port is the best working port in the United States, and the Southeast is the best place to be in the import and export business," Newsome said, in the release. "This is about growth. We are the ninth largest port in the U.S. and the 78th largest port in the world. We have grown 45% in the last five years, from 2011-2016, and we have had a $53 billion economic impact to the state of South Carolina."

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