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Upstate companies get state awards

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Six Upstate companies have been named 2017 Industry Impact Award recipients by the S.C. Department of Commerce. The award recognizes businesses “that have made significant contributions to their communities and state,” according to a news release.

Nominees for this year's Industry Impact Awards were judged based on a number of factors, including capital investment, job creation, community engagement and environmental stewardship.

"South Carolina continues to have one of the most pro-business climates in the world, and this couldn't be possible without the partnerships we've forged with companies both large and small. These local businesses -- and their leaders -- form the backbone of our state's economy, and I congratulate them on this deserved recognition," said Gov. Henry McMaster, in the release.

The following Upstate companies received Industry Impact Awards: BMW Manufacturing Co. in Spartanburg County; Colombo Energy and Colgate-Palmolive Co. in Greenwood County; and Vapor Apparel, Standard Textile and Gestamp, all in Union County.

The Commerce Department also recognized Measurement Technology Group in Greenwood County and Stewarts of America in Greenville County with 2017 Export Achievement Awards.

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