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Tours, After Hours Event Highlight Observance

A week-long celebration of Lincoln County business and industry will kick off Monday. Next week has been designated Business Appreciation Week – an opportunity for local businesses and the public to come together. The week’s activities were organized by the Lincoln Economic Development Association. “The businesses and industries that are here do so much for the community,” said Laura Foor, LEDA’s existing business coordinator. “This is a way for the public to thank them for all they’ve done.” The week will officially begin Monday with the signing of a proclamation, naming the week of May 11, 2003 Business Appreciation Week. The proclamation will be signed by Mayor Bobby Huitt and Lincoln County Commissioner Jerry Cochrane, and will help “get the ball rolling for the week,” Foor said. Tuesday and Wednesday will offer two unique opportunities for Lincoln County residents to get a glimpse behind the local manufacturing scene. The public is invited to attend a Tuesday morning open house and factory tour of the R-Anell Housing Group facility, 3549 N.C. 16 North in Denver. R-Anell manufactures single-family homes, condominiums and commercial structures through a “system” process. It is an interesting process, which makes for an interesting tour, Foor said. A Lincolnton manufacturer will offer a similar experience Wednesday morning. Kawai America Manufacturing, Inc., 2001 Kawai Road in Lincolnton, manufacturers high quality pianos. It is a Japanese based company, which rarely offers factory tours. The tour is guaranteed to be as unique as the industry itself, Foor said. “Not every community can say it has a piano manufacturer,” she said. Both tours start at 9:30 a.m. and are free and open to the public. The week’s festivities will conclude Thursday afternoon with a Business After Hours at the Energy Explorium on N.C. 73 in Huntersville. It will be the largest Business After Hours of the year, coordinated by LEDA and the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce. The networking event is open only to Chamber members, who must RSVP with the Chamber in advance. For more information about Business Appreciation Week, contact Foor at 704-748-1503.