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Press Release – 2021 Industry of the Year is Awarded to American Woodmark

FOR RELEASE ON October 22nd, 2021

Contact: John Dancoff john@lincolneda.org
502 East Main Street Phone: 704-732-1511
Lincolnton, NC 28092

2021 Industry of the Year is Awarded to
American Woodmark

LEDA recognizes Industry of the Year at 2021
Industrial Appreciation Event

Lincoln County –Lincoln Economic Development Association (LEDA) annually presents the Industry of the Year award and did so this year at their 2021 Industrial Appreciation Event held, October 21st at Vesuvius Vineyards.
To promote and highlight the contributions and exemplary corporate citizenship of Lincoln County’s existing industries, the Lincoln Economic Development Association proudly recognized American Woodmark as the winner of the 2021 Industry of the Year. “Considering the criteria for selecting the winner of this award, and those applications reviewed for this year, American Woodmark stood out for 2021. “With 2021 being the year it was, we thought they were very deserving” stated Kim Phillips, Chair of the LEDA Board.
Selected by the Lincoln Economic Development Association Board of Directors based upon four criteria: a positive impact in Lincoln County, involvement in the community, a leader in their field with a positive performance record, and a high standard of conduct.
This year, American Woodmark, a manufacturer and distributor of high-quality kitchen and bathroom cabinets, located in the Lincoln County Industrial Park, and Lincoln Counties’ largest industrial employer stood out for its contributions to the community and ongoing economic commitment to Lincoln County.
American Woodmark stated in their application, “We encourage our employees to build connections among each other and our community. In Lincolnton, we recently participated in Operation Backpack that donated 473 backpacks full of school supplies to our employee’s children and grandchildren.
This company also recognized veterans for their service with T-shirts and a military coin and their First Responders by creating a wall to recognize friends and family of their employees who are police officers, firefighters, and EMTs.
Safety is their top priority for all of their employees. They have accumulated over 1.6 million hours without a lost-time incident since September of 2020
American Woodmark is an active participating member of LEDA and the Industrial Manager’s Association. They are involved in the community through company monetary donations and employee volunteering.
In the past two years, their foundation has provided support to the community totaling $62,500.
They donated $12,500 to Hesed House of Hope homeless shelter and a group of 40 employees spent the day working on chores to help them out. They put together a play gym for the kids and worked on a walking trail, moving gravel, dirt, and clearing brush.
They donated $5,000 to Habitat for Humanity.
They also donated $5,000 to the fire department to assist with the building of a live burn training facility, along with communication, rescue, and other personal protection equipment.
They donated $5,000 to the sheriff’s department for swift water rescue gear.
Other donations include over $18,000 to support domestic violence, the soup kitchen, delivering meals to shut-ins, clothing, cancer support, and crisis pregnancy.
American Woodmark takes pride in creating a culture around their core values focusing on their CITE principles meaning Customer Satisfaction, Integrity, Teamwork, and Excellence. All of their employees are also trained on Supporting Values of Dignity & Respect, Responsibility, Accountability, and Caring. This is the foundation for their Standard of Conduct.

LEDA’s Existing Industry Manager, John Dancoff, praised the winner, “ American Woodmark has worked hard to improve their culture at their Lincolnton location and it has certainly made a difference.”
Kim Phillips, LEDA’s Chair of the Board, presented the awards and praised them for their outstanding growth and commitment to the community.

The Lincoln Economic Development Association recognizes and celebrates with Lincoln County the contributions made by American Woodmark. American Woodmark has served Lincoln County well in all categories and is certainly well-deserving of this year’s Industry of the Year Award.

About LEDA
Lincoln Economic Development Association is a private, 501c(3) non-profit corporation charged with facilitating industrial and office development in Lincolnton and Lincoln County. LEDA’s mission is to foster an economic environment that promotes an enhancement of the standard of living by creating more and better jobs for the citizens of Lincolnton and Lincoln County and an increased and diversified tax base to provide needed community services. The organization’s goals include retention and expansion of existing business; attraction of diversified base industries, improvement of the overall business climate within Lincolnton and Lincoln County, and the growth of stage two entrepreneurial companies.