Award Given at SCRA-Sponsored BMW Supplier Matchmaking Event
CHARLESTON, S.C.--SCRA today announced the presentation of a Knowledge Economist Award to BMW Manufacturing Co., acknowledging their commitment to South Carolina's innovation economy. The award was presented during the BMW Supplier Diversity Tier I Matchmaker Conference, sponsored by SCRA and BMW Manufacturing Co. and hosted at the Clemson University- ICAR campus.
BMW continues to offer opportunities to South Carolinians and implement innovations that will improve their manufacturing capabilities. SCRA is honored to partner with BMW and share in these unique innovation accomplishments.
The event, which was designed to encourage and enable diversity among BMW's supplier-base, attracted nearly 600 attendees. During a luncheon, SCRA CEO Bill Mahoney detailed BMW's significant impacts to South Carolina's economy through quality job creation, business opportunities and implementation of technology innovations, including a partnership with SCRA. In 2010, BMW installed a hydrogen storage and distribution area within their South Carolina manufacturing plant to provide the fueling infrastructure for a fleet of fuel cell powered material handling equipment. SCRA, together with BMW and the US Department of Energy, is currently engaged in a pilot program that will convert landfill gas to hydrogen and, if successful, could provide an on-site hydrogen production capability for the company to use in its fuel cell powered equipment.
The Knowledge Economist Award, presented by SCRA to leaders whose efforts have supported and strengthened the knowledge-based economy of South Carolina, was given to BMW Manufacturing Co. and was accepted by Annmarie Higgins. Higgins, Vice President of Human Resources at BMW Manufacturing Co. has been at the Spartanburg facility for three years and is a leading community advocate, both internally and externally. She is a graduate of the Riley Diversity Institute and is responsible for championing the diversity initiatives at BMW Manufacturing Co.
"SCRA is committed to the continued growth of South Carolina's Knowledge Economy and we are delighted to support this important event and recognize Ms. Higgins," said SCRA CEO Bill Mahoney. "BMW continues to offer opportunities to South Carolinians and implement innovations that will improve their manufacturing capabilities. SCRA is honored to partner with BMW and share in these unique innovation accomplishments."
SCRA is an applied research corporation with over 29 years of experience in delivering technology solutions with high returns on investment to federal and corporate clients. Our Applied R&D affiliate manages over 100 national and international programs worth over $1.5B in contract value, and our technology-based economic development affiliate helps early-stage companies to commercialize innovations and create jobs. In support of our mission, SCRA builds and manages research facilities that include wet labs, secure rooms for sensitive work and advanced high-tech manufacturing shops.