Tindall Corporation is pleased to announce that David Britt, Vice President and General Manager of the South Carolina Division, was awarded the Order of the Palmetto. This award is the State of South Carolina’s highest civilian honor presented in recognition of a lifetime of extraordinary achievement, service, and contributions on a national or statewide scale.
“With David’s contributions and dedication to this community and state spanning so many years, it is no surprise that he is the recipient of such a prestigious award,” said Greg Force, President and CEO of Tindall. “We are fortunate to have the benefit of his leadership and true compassion for people at Tindall and the entire Upstate.”
Individuals must be nominated to be recognized by the Order of the Palmetto, and it may only be presented to natives or residents of South Carolina. Britt was presented with the honor on Monday, August 16, by Governor Henry McMaster at the Spartanburg County Council meeting.
“I am beyond thankful for the many opportunities I’ve had to give back to our great state that ultimately led me to where I am today,” said Britt. “It’s a privilege to be awarded this high honor from Governor McMaster, and I will treasure this achievement for the rest of my life.”
Britt joined Tindall in 1988 as Vice President of the Human Resources Department. At the encouragement of the owner and former President and CEO of Tindall, Mr. William Lowndes III, Britt ran for County Council in Spartanburg during the 1991 election and has been serving the county and state for more than 30 years. During his time as councilman, he has recruited over $18 billion of investments and more than 80,000 new jobs to the county.
In addition to his contributions at Tindall and the County Council, Britt also played a major role in bringing global brand names to Spartanburg, such as BMW and Kobelco. He was part of the team that brought BMW to the county, offering economic development incentives and help with property and training. Since its establishment, the plant has grown to $11 billion invested in Spartanburg County, with 11,000 high-paying jobs created in the last 25 years.
Britt traveled to Japan as a liaison from Tindall to connect with international companies that expressed interest in establishing workforces in the United States. When operations for Kobelco began in the Upstate it 2015, it brought $41 million of investment and created 131 new jobs.