Barnwell Co. Chamber recognizes businesses

  • Barnwell County Chamber of Commerce Director Terri Smith (left) and board chairwoman Carolyne Williams (right) congratulate the winners of the Chamber’s annual awards on Sept. 18. Pictured are John Boyd, owner of Augusta Fiberglass (Large Business of the Year); Gary Brantley, owner of Tri-County Pallet (Small Business of the Year); and Dorothy Creech, the winner of the Community Service Award who is the manager of the Blackville branch of Enterprise Bank.

Dorothy Creech of Enterprise Bank, Augusta Fiberglass and Tri-County Pallet Company were honored Monday evening, Sept. 18 as recipients of the Barnwell County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards.

The awards were presented at the Chamber’s annual meeting held at the Southern Carolina Business Center in Barnwell.

Augusta Fiberglass, located in Blackville, was named as the “Large Business of the Year”. Augusta Fiberglass, one of South Carolina’s largest privately-owned companies, has been in operation for 41 years and, according to the company’s website, “annually converts millions of pounds of resin and fiberglass fabric into custom designed fiberglass tanks, duct, scrubbers, stack liners, stacks, and other equipment.”

The nomination for Large Business of the Year noted that Augusta Fiberglass “is heavily involved in Barnwell County, especially in the Town of Blackville.”

Company founder and owner John Boyd said, “I couldn’t live in a nicer community with nicer people. We gotta press forward and press hard. We’ve got it here.”

Tri-County Pallet, which has been in business for 48 years, was honored as “Small Business of the Year”. The company “supports and contributes to the Barnwell Warhorse Club, the American Cancer Society, Barnwell United Way, First Baptist Church as well as local law enforcement departments.”

Owner Gary Brantley said, “I appreciate this.”

Dorothy Creech “has been active in her community for over 45 years,” noted the nomination for the Community Service Award. “She promotes Blackville and works with city officials to improve her town.”

Creech has served as a director of the Barnwell County Chamber of Commerce board for 20 years. She also has been a member of the Blackville Downtown Development Board, serving as its treasurer for 11 years. She has been involved with several of Blackville’s events including “Taste of Blackville”. She has been a member of First Baptist Church of Blackville for 44 years and served on numerous committees. She has also served as a member of the Blackville Homemakers for 35 years and as treasurer for Clemson Extension’s FCL as treasurer.

She is the manager of the Blackville branch of Enterprise Bank. During her career she also worked at First Citizens Bank.

She is married to Richard Creech. They have one son, Scott, daughter-in-law Lindsay and four grandchildren – Garrett, Ethan, Mason and Morgan.

Creech said, “I want to thank everyone. I have enjoyed working with the Chamber and the bank all these years.”

All the awardees were surrounded by family, friends and coworkers during the reception.

Website donation

Another announcement made at the Chamber meeting was made by SRP Credit Union manager Chuck Hallman.

Hallman presented the Chamber with a $500 check to provide for the development of a new website that may better serve Chamber members.

He said he spoke to his superiors who “have the same vision that I have” and “allowed me to get this $500 check approved.”

Directors approved

Those attending the Chamber meeting also approved the re-election of four board members.

Re-elected for two-year terms were Carolyne Williams, Andrew Bush, Kristin Huber and David Reuis.

Sponsors thanked

Williams said the success of the evening was also due “to our presenting sponsors - SouthernCarolina Alliance, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Edisto Electric Cooperative, UniTech Services Group, SRP Credit Union and Energy Solutions. They and other sponsors truly are appreciated.”