Cyclops named family-owned small business of the year

Cyclops Industries of South Charleston has been named Family-Owned Small Business of the Year in West Virginia by the District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Founded more than 60 years ago, the company manufactures safety sight glasses for industrial uses. Its products are sold nationwide and exported to markets in more than 40 counties – from Chile to Vietnam, said Kim Mack, president and third-generation owner.

RCBI Director & CEO Charlotte Weber praised Mack and her company, which has relied on RCBI services for more than two decades, for their commitment to innovation and quality.

“Cyclops Industries is a true West Virginia success. Under Kim Mack’s leadership, her company and workers have continued to improve through a commitment to workforce training and quality processes as well as adoption of new technology, which is the winning formula that makes Cyclops a global leader in its industry,” Weber said. “The SBA recognition is well-deserved.”

Other 2022 West Virginia SBA Award-Winners are:

Small Business Exporter of the Year: Mustang Sampling/Valtronics Solutions, Inc. of Ravenswood

Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year: Sparkle Janitorial Products of Morgantown, owned by Julie Zuercher

Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year: Riffle Farms LLC of Terra Alta, owned by Elizabeth Riffle

State winners will be honored during an awards ceremony May 6 in Fairmont. The SBA West Virginia District Office also will recognize their top lenders for 2021, which are: West Virginia Lender of the Year: Huntington National Bank; West Virginia Community Lender of the Year: Clear Mountain Bank; West Virginia Microlender of the Year: First Microloan of West Virginia.

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