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COLUMBIA, S.C. – March 20, 2013 – Jack McBride, CEO of Contec, was honored yesterday as an Ambassador for Economic Development by the Department of Commerce as part of South Carolina’s Industry Appreciation Week. The ceremony took place in Columbia on Tuesday, March 19 on the grounds of the Governor’s mansion and highlighted 47 individuals from 46 counties for their exceptional efforts to bolster community and economic development activities in South Carolina.
“South Carolina is becoming the new ‘it’ state for doing business. And industry and local leaders are helping show the nation and the world the benefits the Palmetto State has to offer companies. Today we celebrate the local leaders who are making a difference and improving the competitiveness of their communities,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.
McBride epitomizes what every community wants and strives for in its corporate citizens. Since beginning his business, Contec, in 1988 he has continually reinvested in Spartanburg County and shared his time, talents and supported charitable giving. Beginning as a distributor, Contec now manufactures wipes, pre-saturated wipes and mopping systems for critical environments, including the microelectronics, life sciences (pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotech), automotive and aerospace industries. Contec has revenue in excess of $90 million, employs over 500 people globally, and has facilities in Spartanburg, Suzhou, China, Toledo, Ohio, and Vannes, France.
McBride is actively involved in the Spartanburg community and serves on the advisory board for Wells Fargo Bank of SC, the Investment Advisory Committee for the Spartanburg County Foundation and on the Board of Trustees for the Mary Black Foundation. He actively works with and supports the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce and works with the business and entrepreneurial development efforts at the Spartanburg Community College’s Tyger River Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Development.
“Economic development is a team effort, requiring input from organizations and individuals across the state. South Carolina continues to enjoy economic development successes because of the work of the individuals recognized as Ambassadors for Economic Development. They are a vital part of Team South Carolina,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.
Each year the Department of Commerce joins local communities to thank businesses for their vital contributions to South Carolina’s economy. The Department of Commerce kicks off Industry Appreciation Week each year by recognizing individuals throughout South Carolina as Ambassadors for Economic Development. These individuals include local leaders from the private sector representing a variety of businesses and economic development organizations committed to securing new jobs and investment in their communities.