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LEDA Pays Tribute to Local Businesses

Local businesses accepted Milestone Achievement Awards at a banquet held by the Lincoln Economic Dev elopement Association at Verdict Ridge Golf and Country Club. Awards will be given to industries on five year anniversaries. Last year the first awards were handed out to Timken and Blum who were both celebrating 25 years in business in Lincoln County. This year awards were presented to: Cochrane Furniture Company, which as been in the community 100 years; Carolina Mills, 45 years; Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, Manufacturing Division, 45 years; Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, Distribution Center, 45 years; Lincoln Times-News, 40 years; Steele Rubber Products Inc., 30 years; La-Z-Boy, 20 years and Alpharma USPD, Inc., 15 years. Laura Foor, existing business coordinator for LEDA, said the association’s number one focus is existing businesses, unlike most other economic development associations who more often promote new businesses. “We think it is important to use our resources to work with existing industries,” Foor said. “This is our way of recognizing you.” LEDA Chairman Junior Howard said he was happy to see the number of businesses receiving awards. “Thank you for all you do for Lincoln County,” Howard said. “We hope to see you in five more years.”