On Thursday July 14, the Ada Jobs Foundation held its 3rd Annual Business & Industry Night Out awards ceremony and banquet. The event honored local businesses and community leaders in a variety of categories.
Ziegelmeier & Company was awarded the New Business Award. The Zeigelmeierís have grown their company from an experiment with tastes into a commercial operation that produces vast quantities of pecan butter that is sold in two countries, eight states and is now available in Whole Foods.
The Innovations Award was presented to East Central University for their Arts Incubator facility. East Centralís creative and innovative thinking has allowed for the establishment of several new businesses that not only enhance the arts district but also provide jobs and sales tax revenue to the city.
Jeff Thompson, EDGE Tech Corp, was presented with the Harland C. Stonecipher Entrepreneurship Award. Thompson took an idea and $2,500 at the age of 14 and turned it into a business that is one of the leading in its field. EDGE Tech currently employs over 120 people in Ada.
The Ambassador Award was presented to Valley View Regional Hospital. Valley View was selected because of their efforts to promote the Ada area as a business location. By recruiting new physicians to Ada, Valley View not only helps create new jobs, but also enhances the quality of available healthcare, thus making it more attractive for additional employers to locate here.
The Chickasaw Nation was the recipient of the Environmental Award because of their efforts to promote sustainability and recycling efforts. Their ReUse Center promotes the recycling of household and construction goods.
The Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training was selected as the Small Employer of the Year. Peoples Electric Cooperative was honored as the Medium Employer of the Year. Employees of both these entities had nothing but good things to say about their employers.
Solo Cup Company was recognized as the Large Employer of the Year. They were selected because of their commitment to enhancing employee skills through training and their encouragement of community involvement. Solo Cup works hard to engage their employees both inside and outside of work, so that they have the ideal place to live and work.
Greg Pierce was honored as the Economic Development Leader of the Year. Mr. Pierce was selected to receive this honor because of his dedication to the community. Pierce provides valuable insight, direction, and wisdom, and is always willing to offer his time and expertise. He works diligently on economic development projects and never seeks public recognition for his hard work.
Once again Business & Industry Night Out was a major success. Ada is truly fortunate to have such wonderful businesses and community leaders within our community.