Any industry hoping to highlight its positive impact on the Lincoln County area has a chance to make a splash in an upcoming competition.
By submitting an application to the Lincoln Economic Development Association for its annual Industry of the Year Award by Oct. 14, companies will compete for the chance to be recognized for their efforts.
Handed out each year at the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet, the award honors a well-rounded industry that best meets certain criteria, as laid out by LEDA.
Cataler North America Corporation was last yearâ€™s winner.
â€œLocal industries are working hard to make an impact,â€ LEDA Director Barry Matherly said. â€œIt helps to celebrate and validate their efforts.â€
Matherly said the award also allows local companies that are headquartered elsewhere to show their corporate offices that they are making a difference.
The criteria that must be met include: making a postive impact on the community, involvement within the community through direct financial, time or other contributions, business performance and a high standard of conduct.
Likewise, to be eligible, the industry must have a Â physical location in Lincoln County and cannot have won the award in the past five years.
Matherly said companies can nominate themselves or be nominated by others. Either way, the company being nominated must fill out the required paperwork and send it in.
LEDAâ€™s Board of Directors will vote in a private ballot to select the winner the week following the deadline for submissions, and the Executive Committee will vote in the case of a tie.
Industry Appreciation Month events for LEDA kicked off on Friday with Proclamation Day. According to a press release sent out following the event, its purpose is to â€œ â€¦ call attention to the important role our manufacturers and distributors play in the economic well-being of our community.â€
Nominations for the award are currently being accepted in person, by fax or by mail from anyone residing or working in Lincoln County.
SARAH LOWERY, Staff Writer