South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will be one of two recipients to receive the 2013 Roger Milliken Defender of Manufacturing Award Thursday evening.
The award will be given to Haley during the Defenders of Manufacturing Dinner at the Marriott Hotel in Spartanburg, which is set to begin at 6 p.m.
The late Jerry Beasley, who served as the executive vice president for the South Carolina Textile Association (now the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance) from 1974-1997, is the second award recipient.
Beasley passed away in October. His wife Ann will be accepting the award in his honor.
Since 2006, the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance has awarded this distinction to individuals in the public and private sectors who have worked to advance the manufacturing industry in South Carolina, according to a press release.
They said they chose Haley as a recipient because since taking office in 2010, her administration has announced more than $9 billion in capital investments and 26,000 new jobs in the manufacturing sector.
According to the SCMA, award recipients are chosen by the organization's executive committee. The Defender of Manufacturing Award is the most prestigious honor from the SCMA.
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