COLUMBIA — Carmen Evola, general manager of Gestamp South Carolina, was honored 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 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.
Evola has worked at Gestamp South Carolina LLC, located in Union, in a number of roles since November 2008. He has been actively involved in growing the company to one of the top BMW Tier I Suppliers.
Gestamp South Carolina’s world-class stamping operation is in its third expansion since locating in Union in 2006, growing the facility to nearly 1 million square feet. Gestamp South Carolina’s investment in Union County totals nearly $200 million dollars and 200 new jobs. Evola was been heavily involved in the recruitment of Gestamp’s steel services sister company and supplier, Gonvauto South Carolina, which is nearing completion of its 150,000-square-foot steel blanking facility in Union.
Evola has supported workforce development in Union County by opening up Gestamp’s facility for tours with local high school teachers and counselors, as well as local and state elected officials and other leaders. These tours are an educational avenue to provide an awareness and understanding of the operations, type of jobs and skills necessary to operate a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.