Local industry leaders gathered for the 2012 Milestone Achievement Awards Ceremony at the Lincoln Cultural Center on Thursday afternoon to honor businesses that have been in Lincoln County for significant periods of time.
The event, which was sponsored by the Lincoln Economic Development Association and is in its eighth year, honored 20 different manufacturers and distributors who have been operating from between five and 60 years.
LEDA Board Chair Tom Anderson opened the ceremony and noted that award recipients have been able to stay in business despite a tough economic environment.
Lincoln County Board of Commissioners Chair Alex Patton and Lincolnton Mayor John Gilleland also made comments, with both taking the opportunity to thank the attending industries for their contributions to the county.
“Thank you for the business you generate in Lincoln County,” Patton said, noting that the industries are “here by choice.”
In introducing Mohican Mills, the dayâ€™s biggest award recipient, Anderson said the company has “seen the good, the bad and, in some cases, the ugly” over its 60 years of operation.
Jerry Deese, corporate vice president and chief financial officer, accepted the award on behalf of all employees of the company.
Deese, who has been with Mohican Mills for 34 years, told the Times-News they have received a lot of support from the city and county throughout the years. He also attributed the companyâ€™s success to the “dedication of employees, current and retired.”
“Without those employees, none of this would be possible,” he added.
Over the past year, the company has started to manufacture NFL fabrics in partnership with Nike, which has resulted in the creation of 150 new positions. Deese stressed that they had been “blessed with that business.”
Kara Brown, LEDAâ€™s existing business manager, said the awards served as an opportunity to show gratitude for the local industries.
“They need to know we appreciate them being here,” she noted.
Other 2012 Milestone Achievement Award recipients included:
Five years: Carolina Non-Wovens, Purr Performance, Race City Steel, Room & Board and UTC Climate, Controls & Security
10 years: Allied Separation and Cataler North America
15 years: American Tire, Calico Coatings, Performance Research and Sponsor Services
25 years: Acton Engineering, Lawing Marble and South Fork Industries
30 years: Bobâ€™s Pallet and Katie Wood Incorporated
40 years: Lincoln County Fabricators, Salem Industries and Thornburg Machine