Source: Moultrie News

Barbara Melvin (’14), chief operating officer of the South Carolina State Ports Authority, was named the 2021 SCMA Woman of the Year at a virtual awards presentation held during the 3rd annual Palmetto Women’s Manufacturing Forum hosted by the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance.

The award was created to honor an outstanding female South Carolinian for her contributions to the state’s manufacturing industry.

“It is an incredible honor to be recognized by SCMA, a highly respected organization whose members’ imports and exports are entrusted to our care. Manufacturing is a critical part of our state’s economy, and I am proud that our work at SC Ports supports this industry every day,” Melvin said. “I accept the SCMA Woman of the Year Award on behalf of our SC Ports team and the broader maritime community, and I hope that we will continue to see more women excelling in the manufacturing and logistics industries.”

The annual event is organized by SCMA to recognize the impact of female leaders in the manufacturing field. Previous award recipients include Sky Foster, Communications Manager at BMW Manufacturing, and Lou Kennedy, CEO & Owner of Nephron Pharmaceuticals.