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Events during October to build appreciation of local industries

The Lincoln Economic Development Association is gearing up for Industry Appreciation Month in October.

Throughout the month, several events will be held to recognize manufacturing plants and distribution centers in Lincoln County.

“Our industries make up the economy around here,” said Crystal Gettys, existing business manager for LEDA.

“That is what provides our jobs. We like to show them our appreciation for all they do to contribute here.”

The month will start off with Lincoln County and Lincolnton officials signing a proclamation of Industry Appreciation Month on Thursday. The 9 a.m. event will take place at LEDA’s office at 502 E. Main St. in Lincolnton. The public is invited to attend.

On Oct. 6, an Industry Appreciation Luncheon, in conjunction with the Lincoln Leaders Seminar, will be held for private LEDA members only. A Chip-n-Putt, for private members, will be held prior to the luncheon. Paul Wahnish, founder of Career Technical Education Foundation, a nonprofit corporation in Palm Harbor, Fla., will be the guest speaker for the luncheon.

The Industrial Managers Association will host a Forklift Rodeo at 11 a.m. Oct. 13, at a Lincolnton industry. The event is only open to private industry members. The seventh annual event will feature employees from Lincoln County businesses driving forklifts through an obstacle course. Prizes and trophies will be awarded to the winners.

The public is invited to attend a tour of HOF Textiles in Lincolnton at 10 a.m. Oct. 21. HOF Textiles, a leading producer of nonwoven fabrics for the automotive industry, recently announced plans to invest $1.5 million in its facility at 1968 Kawai Road. There is no cost to participate in the LEDA tour.

“They have been very successful in Lincoln County and their process is very interesting,” Gettys said of choosing HOF for the plant tour.

“This gives the public the opportunity to go into our manufacturing plants or distribution centers to see how things are made right here in Lincoln County.”

Industry Appreciation Month will end with an International Appreciation Reception for private members only. Beverages, desserts and appetizers from the ten countries doing business in Lincoln County will be served at the Oct. 29 event.

The 6 p.m. reception will be held at a Lincoln County business.

“This will be phenomenal,” Gettys said. “It gives us the opportunity to really experience cultures from other countries and to show our appreciation of their contributions in the economic success of Lincoln County.”

For more information about Industry Appreciation Month, or to RSVP the HOF Textiles tour, call Crystal Gettys at 704-732-1511, ext. 2, or e-mail crystal@lincolneda.org .