Ray Gora / Lincoln Times-News
Local industries were recognized Thursday afternoon for their longevity during the annual Milestone Achievement Awards Ceremony.
Hosted by the Lincoln Economic Development Association at the Lincoln Country Club in Lincolnton, the lunchtime event is designed to “recognize and thank local industries for their past, present and future commitment to the city of Lincolnton and Lincoln County,” LEDA Existing Business Manager Kara Brown said.
LEDA Board Chair Tom Anderson told those gathered that the opportunity allowed them to honor “folks who are in business and stay in business,” especially during hard economic times.
Several local officials were in attendance, passing on their thanks to the various industries for their contributions to the community while also offering up their services.
“We hope you continue to grow and prosper,” Lincolnton City Manager Jeff Emory said.
The awards were handed out to those manufacturers or distributors marking their fifth year of operation on though one company, Lincoln Bonded Warehouse, celebrating its 90th anniversary.
John Lineberger, co-owner of the company, told the Times-News after the ceremony that his grandfather had started the family business to help service local textile industries. Over the years, he said, Lincoln Bonded Warehouse, which has 10 employees, has adapted to changing times by moving into other areas and developing its niche market.
“We consider ourselves lucky,” Lineberger added.
Other 2013 Milestone Achievement Award recipients included:
Five years: United Plate Glass and Classic Muscle
10 years: Special Event and Linen Company, Custom Works RC and TJ’s Motorsports
15 years: Kings Crankshaft, Northeast Chassis and Russo Tinting
20 years: Duke Energy Combustion Turbine Station and Textile Piece Dyeing
30 years: Central Carolina Sprinkler
35 years: Price Davis