Robert Bosch LLC Honored 2011 Top Large Manufacturer Award

Greenville, South Carolina

September 22, 2011 - Robert Bosch of Charleston was honored by South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt and a full house of industry leaders as the 2011 recipient of the Silver Crescent Award for Manufacturing Excellence - Large Manufacturer today at the sixteenth annual Salute to Manufacturing at the TD Convention Center in Greenville. Competing in the Large Manufacturer category (500+ employees), the global company manufactures a range of automotive parts in Charleston and currently employs more than 1,500 associates.

Also honored with 2011 Silver Crescent Awards for Manufacturing Excellence were Small Manufacturer Cox Industries of Orangeburg, and Midsized Manufacturer Domtar Paper Company-Marlboro Mill of Bennettsville.

The awards luncheon was attended by more than 350 business executives, community and political leaders, and manufacturing industry representatives from across South Carolina. Honorees were chosen from a statewide slate of finalist companies nominated for product and process quality improvements; quality of life for employees; environmental stewardship; community and professional involvement; commitment to economic development; and community partnerships.  Robert Bosch was selected for top honors in the Large Manufacturer category from a pool of six finalist companies.

"We are very proud of this recognition. It shows us that we are on the right path of balancing our efforts between a successful business and being a good corporate citizen and employer in South Carolina. We accepted this award for our Associates that made this award reality through their dedication and involvement in the community," said Larry Lautenschlager, Senior Vice President Manufacturing of Robert Bosch, LLC. "We are gratified to be honored by such an outstanding collection of leaders from industry, government and the private sector."

"Bosch's unparalleled reputation to provide valuable jobs, corporate investment, and community support makes this global industry a tremendous asset to the area," said Larry Hargett, Chairman of Dorchester County Council. "Bosch's well-deserved recognition is further proof that manufacturing is the backbone of our economy, and Dorchester County salutes their ongoing success."

Chairman George Tupper of the Dorchester County Economic Development Board added, "We are extremely proud to have a globally-led company like Bosch thriving in Dorchester County. We congratulate them on this outstanding achievement, and wish them many more years of growth and prosperity." 

The facility, located at 8101 Dorchester Road, currently employs more than 1,500 people and produces a wide range of clean diesel, gasoline, and chassis products. The Dorchester County facility has been in operation since 1974 and was the company's first operation in South Carolina.

South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Robert M. "Bobby" Hitt III, the former manager of corporate affairs at BMW Manufacturing Company in Spartanburg, was the keynote speaker at the event, saluting Robert Bosch and the 20 other finalist companies from across South Carolina for their achievements and contributions to South Carolina's manufacturing industry and quality of life. He also cited South Carolina's strong commitment to nurturing and attracting innovative manufacturers of all types and sizes to the Palmetto State.

The Silver Crescent Award, now in its tenth year, was established by the Silver Crescent Foundation to honor outstanding small, midsized 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 general public by promoting manufacturing vitality and career opportunities in South Carolina.

The 2011 Silver Crescent Awards are co-sponsored by Marketplace Staffing, one of South Carolina's leading staffing and productivity solution providers; by CPM Federal Credit Union, which has proudly served South Carolina manufacturers since 1955; by Dream It, Do It of South Carolina, and by SC Biz News, LLC

"We are excited to honor the accomplishments of all of the finalist companies, and in particular to salute our three 2011 Silver Crescent Award winners," said Tony Smith, President of The Silver Crescent Foundation. "Secretary Hitt's comments about the importance of manufacturing to South Carolina's long-term prosperity are right on target and much appreciated, and we are gratified to draw such an outstanding collection of leaders from industry, government and the private sector to the 2011 event."

About Bosch

In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, solar energy, healthcare telemedicine and software innovations. Having established a regional presence in 1906, Bosch employs over 22,000 associates in more than 100 locations, with reported sales of $8.8 billion in fiscal 2010. For more information, visit www.boschusa.com.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, some 285,000 associates generated sales of 47.3 billion euros ($62.7 billion) in fiscal 2010. For 2011, the company forecasts sales of more than 50 billion euros ($70 billion) and a headcount of 300,000 by the end of the year. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in over 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent 3.8 billion euros (approximately $5 billion) for research and development in 2010, and applied for over 3,800 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. Bosch is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2011. Additional information can be accessed at www.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com, and www.125.bosch.com.

To learn more about the Silver Crescent Awards or Silver Crescent Foundation, visit www.SilverCrescentSC.org or contact Sharon Halsey at (803) 657-6183.