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Local industries to be recognized for contributions

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

The spotlight will shine on Henry County's business community during an annual observance geared toward touting their contributions locally.

The county is set to take part in Industry Appreciation Week, April 25 through 29. The occasion recognizes companies which have made their mark in Henry in recent years.

Kay Pippin, president of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce, described the nationally-observed week as a way to highlight accomplishments for scores of companies within the county.

"One of the reasons that we do this is, these industries have invested millions into our community, and employ thousands of residents, contributing heavily to our economy and way of life," Pippin said. "It's just one way that we can highlight the companies that are located in Henry County, and show them our appreciation for their presence."

Some of the businesses to be highlighted include Phillips-Van Heusen, DeWafelbakkers, Whirlpool, John Deere, Behr Paints, and the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, according to a release issued jointly by the Henry County Chamber of Commerce, and the Henry County Development Authority.

"From corporate headquarters, distribution centers and support services, to manufacturing and technology, more and more companies are choosing Henry to grow their businesses," the release states.

The Chamber and the Development Authority also lauded the achievements of "home-grown" businesses like Bennett International Group, which specializes in transport.

As part of Industry Appreciation Week, the Chamber will join forces with the Henry County Development Authority April 26, for an Industry Appreciation Luncheon in the Hudgins Room of the Chamber.