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LEDA celebrates industry

 

SARAH LOWERY

Staff Writer

 

The Lincoln Economic Development Association kicked off its 10th-annual “Industry Appreciation Month” earlier this week, with events planned throughout October.

An official proclamation signing was conducted on Tuesday for the celebrations, designed to show gratitude to the manufacturing sector and those “companies and workers that fire the engine of our local economy,” according to a LEDA press release.

“The financial benefits of manufacturing for Lincoln County are significant and worth recognition,” LEDA officials said. “Manufacturing jobs make up almost 20 percent of the county’s employment, compared to just 8.8 percent for the state. Despite the recession, there have been positive local trends in the last couple of years.”

Over the past three years, LEDA has helped bring more than 450 new jobs to the area, as well as nearly $70 million in new investment and $40 million in expansion investment, the release said.

“The revenues that these businesses generate, the taxpayers that they employ and the indirect jobs they create fuel the livelihood of the community through a strong tax base,” officials added. “The jobs that come with an expanded manufacturing sector are high-quality, high-paying jobs.”

Lincoln County is also becoming home to more and more international companies, including those hailing from Canada, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Japan, Germany, Israel, Singapore, Switzerland, Ireland, New Zealand and China.

A closed reception honoring these overseas industries will be held later in the month.

Other events planned as part of the festivities include a forklift rodeo sponsored by the Industrial Managers Association and a plant tour of Hydac, located in Denver’s Airlie Business Park, at 10 a.m. on Oct. 15, the latter of which is open to the public.

“This year I also plan to have some random giveaways at undesignated places as appreciation efforts,” LEDA Existing Business Manager Kara Brown said.

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