The Silver Crescent Award is the most prestigious award that a South Carolina manufacturer can receive. Presented annually by the Silver Crescent Foundation, its partners and the statewide manufacturing Community, the Award recognizes the most excellent manufacturing operations demonstrating superior performance in each of 7 Crescents of Excellence. Awards are made in each of three size categories: Small (500 employees).
Now in its eleventh year, the exclusive annual recognition program honors manufacturing organizations from across the state for their citizenship, employee engagement, customer satisfaction, environmental stewardship, innovation, financial performance and commitment to longevity in South Carolina. Past Silver Crescent Award recipients include such notables as Silver Crescent Awards and Packaging Corporation of America.
A significant change for 2012 nominations is use of an initial “Intent to Apply” form, due by November 15, 2012, which allows any organization to quickly indicate their interest to apply for honors. This one-page form can be filled out in under two minutes by any manufacturer or partner/vendor of a manufacturer, and extends their deadline to submit the complete application until December 31st.
The nomination process has also been streamlined and reorganized to allow for easier third party nominations, and to enable organizations with a strong story to tell, but only limited access to statistical data, to remain competitive in the program, noted Tony Smith, president of The Silver Crescent Foundation, which annually bestows the awards.
“For 2012, our evaluation system will review each nominee’s commitment to community citizenship, employee engagement, customer satisfaction, environmental stewardship, innovation, financial performance and commitment to longevity,” said Smith. “Each section of the revamped application form has been shortened to capture the most pertinent information from each candidate company, and letters or quotes of support are encouraged. Our goal is to recognize the best of the best in South Carolina manufacturing – whether large, medium or small in company size.”
To be eligible for honors, companies must submit the Intent to Apply form, indicating their decision to proceed with the process, by November 15, 2012. Once submitted, the Intent form will be acknowledged by the Silver Crescent Foundation and a nomination package sent to each candidate company. Application forms and guidelines are also available online at www.SaluteToManufacturing.org. All nominations must be submitted by December 31, 2012. Nominations may be submitted by companies directly or by third parties, and will be evaluated for completeness and ranked by a review panel from the Silver Crescent Foundation based solely on responses received.
The top companies will be honored on March 21, 2013 at the Salute To Manufacturing Awards Luncheon at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, South Carolina. Awards will be presented in the Small, Midsized and Large Manufacturer Categories. A private best-practices forum will precede the luncheon.
Presented annually by The Silver Crescent Foundation, the 2012 Silver Crescent Awards are co-sponsored by CPM Federal Credit Union, and by SC Biz News, LLC. Sponsorship opportunities are now available for the awards luncheon and best-practices forum in March, Smith noted.
To encourage eligible manufacturers to participate in the 2012 program, a broad-based awareness campaign has been launched in media markets across the state and via Internet channels, viral marketing and grassroots public relations efforts, added program director Sharon Halsey of the Silver Crescent Foundation.
“We want to encourage as many eligible manufacturers, or individuals with supplier-partners to manufacturers, to consider nominating a manufacturer for consideration in this important honors program,” said Halsey. “By being nominated, they can benefit from expanded awareness of their organization, networking with top manufacturing executives, positive employee morale and regional/national recognition. It’s a great opportunity for Palmetto State manufacturers.”
To learn more about the Silver Crescent Awards or the Salute to Manufacturing Luncheon, or to nominate an organization, visit www.SaluteToManufacturing.org or contact Sharon Halsey at (803) 657-6183.