Lincoln Leader Honored
A Lincoln County Industrial leader has been recognized for its corporate philanthropy and volunteerism. Vermont American was named the winner in the Medium Company Category in the Charlotte Mayor’s International Community (MICA) Awards. Nine companies were initially chosen from nominations received by the Charlotte USA community. Mayor Pat McCrory announced the winners to an audience of approximately 325 people during an awards luncheon Wednesday. Vermont American, now part of the Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, is wholly owned by the Robert Bosch Corporation and is headquartered in Germany. The company is known for its charitable foundation. Globally, the company employs approximately 100,000 associates. Vermont American is also recognized as a leading manufacturer of power tool accessories for the consumer, professional and industrial markets. In Lincolnton since 1960, Vermont American employs just under 500 fulltime employees between their manufacturing facility and their Distribution Center. One of Lincoln County’s largest employers, Vermont American was named the first recipient of the Lincoln County Industry of the Year Award in 2002, an honor bestowed by the Lincoln Economic Development Association. The company has been very involved in the community supporting many charitable activities including the March of Dimes, United Way, the American Red Cross, Wal-Mart Children’s Network, Rotary Clubs, Hospice, Christian Ministries Food Bank, and Dogwood School of the Blind. Other winners included: Large Company Category, Clariant Corporation, Mecklenburg County (Switzerland); and Small Company Category: Stork Screens America, Inc. (SSAI), Mecklenburg County (The Netherlands). The Mayor’s International Cabinet, Charlotte Sister Cities, the Charlotte World Affairs Council, International House and the North Carolina World Trade Association – Charlotte Chapter host this event each year in May. MICA was created to honor the philanthropic giving and other forms of support that many foreign-owned firms located in the 16-county Charlotte USA region have given to non-profit organizations throughout the year. The award was sponsored by the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Duke Energy, and WFAE 90.7 fm.