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GE Security celebrates Lincoln County Industrial Park building

GE Security celebrated its presence in the Lincoln County Industrial Park with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the facility.

Representatives from Lincoln Economic Development Association, Lincolnton City Council and The Keith Corporation, which developed the 106,000 square-foot building, were on hand to help the company celebrate.

LEDA’s Jerry Cochrane welcomed those gathered to what he called “a great occasion.” It’s a great day for Lincoln County to have a company like GE Security come here during these troubled economic times”.

Lincolnton City Council member Fred Houser and Alan Lewis of The Keith Corporation also spoke at the ceremony. “GE is one of the finest tenents you could have and we’re very proud to be associated with them,” Lewis said.

Phil Wekenmann, plant manager/stie leader for the Lincolnton location, expressed his excitement at being a part of the community. “We’re off to just a tremendous start,” he said.

The company moved from a facility in Hickory to the LCIP in October 2007. With approximately 200 employees, GE Security helped the industrial park reach a milestone: more than 2,000 jobs.

One of the company’s employees, Teresa Sawyer, was given the honor of cutting the ribbon during the ceremony. After the ceremony Wekenmann was presented with a plaque from LEDA, those in attendance were invited to view two videos, one of which as a time-lapse video documenting the company’s move. The other video showed a food fight employees had after they participated in a company food drive they called “Food Fight”. They collected 5 tons of food that equals 10,447 pounds.

As thrilled as Wekenmann is to be a resident of LCIP, he’s not the only one pleased. Ray Eurey of American Tire Distributors, the first company to come to the park, says he used to be lonely. Now seven years later, loneliness is no longer an issue. “I’m not lonely now,” Eurey said. “It’s actually really exciting with everything going on. There’s never a dull moment.”