On October 11th, the board of directors of the Marshall County Economic Development Council and the Marshall CountyManufacturers Association paid tribute to local manufacturing businesses at its 22nd Annual Industry Appreciation Dinner.
The following companies were recognized for making expansion announcements in 2017: Colormasters, Master Extruders, Newman Technology and Federal Mogul.
The following companies were recognized for celebrating anniversaries of doing business in Marshall County: Southern Parallel, 5years;Kabco Builders, 15 years; Alloy Resources, 15 years; Noralco, 20 years; Specialty Matboards, 25 years; Marshall Machine, 25 years; D & N Marine, 25 years; FSGroup, 30 years; Tropic Tool & Mold, 30 years; Designer Plastics, 35 years; Williams Machine, 40 years; Arab Cartage, 40 years; AgriFlavors, 40 years; Associate Jobbers, 40 years; Syncro, 45 years; Atrion Mdical, 50 years; B & G Supply, 60 years.
The MCEDC also presented its annual Hinton Mitchem Economic Development Award of Excellence to Senator Clay Scofield. Senator Scofield was first elected to Alabama Senate in 2010. He has been a staunch supporter of economic and workforce development his entire tenure in office. He has served on the Workforce Investment Board since 2010. He was part of a bi-partisan coalition in 2011 to pass the Jobs Incentives Act which modernized the way Alabama incentivizes projects to make the state more competitive.
In 2016, he supported the Alabama Small Business and Agribusiness Jobs Act which authorized tax credits for new employees of small businesses. As the economy of the state began to rebound in 2017, he turned his focus on areas not seeing growth in the ways many others were. Recognizing that broadband has become as important as other utilities to attracting businesses, Senator Scofield crafted legislation to incentivize broadband providers who brought this needed service to rural areas in Alabama. He has also been a strong supporter of the MCEDC making sure that the organization is adequately funded to perform its much needed services.
The Hinton Mitchem Economic Development Award of Excellence was first established in 2012 as the Marshall Industrialist Award. Davis Lee was the first recipient. Following the passing of former state senator Hinton Mitchem in January 2013, the award was renamed in his honor. Subsequent recipients have been: Gordon Henderson (posthumously), Ray Bice, Buck Buchanan, George Kappler, Charlie Hare and Frank McDaniel.
Marshall County Manufacturers Association president Mark Dummer gave a report of the association and recognized the 2018 recipient of the MCMA Scholarship, Caroline Sellnow. Caroline is the daughter of Matt and Amanda Sellnow and is studying Mechanical Engineering at Auburn University.
The MCEDC hosts the Industry Appreciation Dinner annually to show the community’s thanks to the companies and individuals that provide jobs and economic development to the people of Marshall County.