Business Community to Honor Best Places to Work

October 10, 2008

COLUMBIA, SC – October 10, 2008 – The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is pleased to partner with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – SC State Council and the publishers of SC BIZ Magazine for the Best Places to Work in South Carolina, dedicated to identifying and recognizing the state’s most innovative and top-notch employers. Companies selected as Best Places to Work will be honored on October 16, 2008 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Columbia at which time the 2008 rankings will be announced.

To register or sponsor the event, visit or contact Alexa Stillwell at 800-799-4601.

The 2008 winners include:

Small to Medium-Sized Companies

Advanced Technology Institute, North Charleston; ArborOne, ACA, Florence; Automation Engineering, Greenville; Buist Moore Smythe McGee, P.A., Charleston; Classic Residence by Hyatt on Hilton Head Island, Hilton Head Island; Cynergi Systems, Duncan; DeVita & Associates Inc., Greenville; Erwin-Penland, Greenville; Family Trust Federal Credit Union, Rock Hill; FGP International, Greenville; First Community Bank, Lexington; First Reliance Bank, Florence; Global Performance LLC, Greenville; Johnson & Johnson Inc., Charleston; Life Cycle Engineering, North Charleston; Mayer Electric Supply Company, Birmingham, Alabama; Rosenfield Einstein, Greenville; Select Health of South Carolina Inc., Charleston; Separation Dynamics, Fountain Inn; and, SynTerra Corporation, Greenville.

Large-Sized Companies

AgFirst Farm Credit Bank, Columbia; Colonial Life, Columbia; Edward Jones, Louisville, Kentucky; Elliott Davis LLC, Greenville; Hubbell Lighting Inc., Greenville; Lexington Medical Center, West Columbia; Sonoco, Hartsville; and, South Carolina Federal Credit Union, North Charleston.

“South Carolina is home to some of the best places to work in the nation. We are proud to honor these innovative companies that are setting a great example as superb organizations for our state’s workforce to prosper,” said Otis Rawl, president and chief executive officer of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.

The innovative Best Places to Work program has experienced incredible growth and has quickly emerged as the standard for workplace achievement and creativity in South Carolina. The number of applicants from 2007 to 2008 increased by 33 percent, and since the inaugural year, 2006, the number of applicants increased by 89 percent.

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s first state chamber Accredited with Distinction by the U.S. Chamber, is the state’s largest statewide broad-based business and industry trade association representing more than 6,500 member companies and more than 600,000 member employees, with 90 percent of membership comprised of small businesses. As the unified voice for business and industry, the Chamber is a catalyst for increasing per capita income and enhancing the state’s global competitiveness in order to improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians.