Jerry Good has been plant manager of the DuPont Cooper River plant in Moncks Corner, S.C., for just over a year, but he’s already made a significant impression on state officials for helping to bring new jobs to the state and new communication technology to an important local tourist attraction.
Jerry was recognized as one of the South Carolina Ambassadors for Economic Development during Industry Appreciation Week. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley presented Jerry and the other recipients with their awards during a ceremony held recently at the South Carolina Statehouse. Overall, the Governor recognized 51 individuals from all 46 counties in South Carolina who contributed to economic development in their local communities.
Jerry managed the site during the safe startup of a new $500 million Kevlar® fibers plant that opened in the second half of 2011, bringing about 140 new jobs to the state. He also was instrumental in providing a grant to Cypress Gardens to purchase needed, high-speed internet communication technology, cell phone routers and video display equipment. Cypress Gardens, a preserve and gardens located near the plant, brings thousands of tourists into the state each year and is the location of numerous industry and government meetings, conferences and workshops.
“Economic Development starts on the ground level,” said Bobby Harrell, South Carolina House Speaker, in a statement about the awards. “Today, we recognized some outstanding Palmetto State business leaders as Ambassadors for Economic Development because of their hard work to advance the unified economic goals we share for South Carolina.”
“Jerry Good is carrying on the tradition of corporate involvement and leadership in our community from within the DuPont organization,” said Chris Bender, South Carolina Department of Commerce. “Good’s involvement and leadership have successfully helped modernize the facilities at Cypress Gardens by equipping and upgrading the existing meeting rooms with the latest technical devices that corporations, as well as the public, would require to host various functions at that location.”
Industry Appreciation Week is held annually by the S.C. Department of Commerce to provide an opportunity to say “thank you” to companies in the state for their many contributions to our communities, as well as a chance to build awareness among the residents of South Carolina that existing business is a fundamental driver of both the local and state economy.