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County EDC honors five area companies


The LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) honored five LaGrange County companies with “Business Excellence” awards at the EDC’s annual investors meeting on March 9. The meeting was held at the Michiana Event Center (MEC) in Howe along with the Northeast Indiana Woodcrafters Association’s annual furniture expo.

The companies honored were: Crossroads RV, Cruiser RV, Open Range RV, Trinity Pallet and Logistics, and Tri-State Hardwood Company, Inc. The companies were chosen for their contributions to LaGrange County’s economic growth in 2011 as well as for partnering with the EDC to assist them in their business development projects.

“We are honored to be able to work with the companies that were recognized,” said Keith Gillenwater, president and CEO of the LaGrange County EDC. “All of the companies honored are industries in our core areas of focus for LaGrange County’s current and future economic development, and exemplify the quality of companies that we have in LaGrange County.”

“These five companies have a tremendous economic impact on LaGrange County and are very valued employers” stated Mark Leu, chairman of the board for the LaGrange County EDC. “We developed this award as a way to acknowledge companies who have contributed to our communities continued growth and I cannot think of a more deserving group to recognize.”

In addition to honoring the local companies, the EDC also recognized outgoing chairman Joe Pierce of Farmers State Bank and honored him for his guidance in helping launch the EDC and serving as its first board chairman, a post he held since the organization’s inception in 2009. Gillenwater and Leu also gave reports on the state of the local economy, a recap of the organizations 2011 activities and successes, and a preview of projects and priorities for 2012. “We are off and running with a new strategic plan in place that gives us to a call to action, and we believe that 2012 promises to be a great year for our economic development efforts in LaGrange County,” Gillenwater said.