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ICC: Woman-Owned Excellence

Commutator experts honored by home state

The Knoxville Chamber is honoring ICC International as the recipient of the Pinnacle Business Award in the Woman-Owned Business Excellence category. ICC, located in Maryville, manufactures commutators and slip rings for industrial applications around the world which include mining, metals, paper, propulsion, and power generation. The Woman-Owned Business Excellence Award, sponsored by LBMC, is presented to an outstanding East Tennessee woman-owned business.

“I did not think I could be more honored than to have been nominated for this award, but to have won is truly special,” said Laura Lyke, ICC International president and CEO. “The people who have grown this company into a global player in the motor industry are dedicated, visionary, skilled, and have become my family. Being based in this supportive East Tennessee community has been key to our ability to thrive, and we are thankful to be able to be an active participant in the area’s growth.”

ICC originally started in 1983 as a small manufacturer of commutators and slip rings. Commutators are integral components of direct current motors which are used in applications which require torque and variable speed. Never overly successful, the company fell on especially hard times in 2002. In 2003, Laura took over operations, asking for and obtaining the support of the 25 other people working at ICC. That team began the process of improving relationships, products, service offerings, and the work environment. ICC was

recently named to the inc5000 list of Fastest Growing Companies in America, has added positions during the pandemic, and recently completed a facility expansion.

“Winners of the Pinnacle Awards exemplify our business community’s strength and sustainability,” said Mike Odom, Knoxville Chamber president and CEO. “I am thankful for the contributions being made by companies like ICC International that continue to drive regional economic prosperity.” The annual Pinnacle Business Awards, presented by UScellular, celebrate regional business excellence, honoring outstanding professionals in nine categories for their contributions to the greater Knoxville economy. Winners are selected by the Knoxville Chamber Board of Directors. Over 100 companies were nominated for 2022 recognition.

“UScellular congratulates this year’s winners and is honored to be part of this vibrant business community. We are proud to directly help local businesses thrive by providing wireless and smart technology, high-speed internet, fleet management and data security to enable their goals. As we reflect on winners of the Pinnacle Business Awards, remember that we are all invested in each other’s success. Stay involved, reach out and collaborate, and make the most of Knoxville’s amazing environment,” said Jenn Simmons, business account manager. “Together, we can continue to drive growth in our region.”

For in-depth video interviews and more information on the 2022 Pinnacle Business Award recipients, visit

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