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Caldwell Economic Development celebrates local industry

May 12, 2024 05:27PM ● By WNC Business
Caldwell County Economic Development proudly celebrates local industries that significantly contribute to the economic prosperity and vitality of our community during Economic Development Week. With a steadfast focus on acknowledging achievements, fostering collaboration, and strategizing for future growth, Economic Development Week underscores the paramount importance of inclusive and sustainable economic initiatives.

Caldwell County continues to distinguish itself as a hub for thriving businesses and a desirable community for residents. According to data sourced from the Economic Policy Institute's Family Budget Map and the Average Private Sector Wage from NC Department of Commerce, the county ranks as the eighth most affordable county in North Carolina for families with children and the eleventh for those without.

During the Industry Appreciation Lunch, the Caldwell County Economic Development bestowed awards and accolades upon industry leaders for their significant milestones and contributions.

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute was named Partner of the Year. CCC&TI has emerged as a state and national model for seamless education, thanks to collaborative efforts with public school systems and local governments in Caldwell and Watauga counties.

FleetGenius, one of the nation's fastest-growing manufacturers and solutions providers for commercial trash compactors and containers, was recognized as “Industry of the Year.” Employing more than 250 workers, FleetGenius has become a cornerstone of Caldwell County's industrial landscape. 

Scott Hildebran, City Manager of Lenoir, was bestowed with the Herman Anderson Award. This accolade recognizes an individual who demonstrates outstanding engagement in the realm of economic development and exhibits genuine efforts to bolster Caldwell County's economy. Since assuming the role of city manager in 2015, Hildebran has spearheaded numerous projects that have not only augmented Lenoir's economic base but have also enhanced the overall quality of life for its residents. 

Lenoir Mirror, founded in 1913, was honored with the Legacy Award. Throughout its century-long existence, Lenoir Mirror has maintained its status as a premier supplier of mirror and glass products to various industries nationwide. The company's commitment to excellence, innovation, and resilience exemplifies its remarkable legacy. 

Caldwell Economic Development also recognized the invaluable partnerships forged with businesses between 2021 and 2023. Those businesses include Adhezion Biomedical, Exela Pharma Sciences, FleetGenius, Harmony Timberworks, MDI, and Servpro of Alexander, Caldwell, Burke and Catawba Counties. Industries who commemorated milestone anniversaries in 2023 are Blue Ridge Sanitation (20 years), Marx Industries, Inc, (40 years), D.R. Kincaid Chair (40 years), Caldwell Woodcarvings (50 years), Grand Manor Furniture (60 years), Neptco (70 years), Hammary Furniture (80 years), Caldwell Glass (80 years), and Lenoir Mirror (110 years). 

Pictured: CCC&TI President Dr. Mark Poarch, staff, and board members receive the Partner of the Year Award at the Industry Appreciation Luncheon. 
Source: Caldwell County Economic Development