(Seguin) -- The manufacturing community is not going unnoticed in the city of Seguin. The Seguin Economic Development Corporation has extended a few recognition awards to those companies who continue to make an impact locally. Although not all manufacturers were recognized, they were each treated to a special lunch and to two hours of public appreciation at the Texas Theatre. This was the second year that the SEDC sponsored the annual Business Appreciation Luncheon and Awards Ceremony.
Continental Automotive Systems received the Large Business of the Year Award during Wednesday's ceremony sponsored by the SEDC.
SEDC Chairman Phil Seidenberger says it's important that the city take the time out to value what each and every manufacturer brings to the community.
"I think recognizing the people that bring the jobs to Seguin, the management of those companies, people that they represent -- they can take us back and hopefully, tell those employees that ‘hey we're appreciated here in Seguin, Texas. They love that we're here. They love what we do.’ It's very important to be able to say that, ‘thank you.’ Thank you very much because without you, we wouldn't be the Seguin that we are," said Seidenberger.
Recognized as this year's Large Business of the Year was Continental Automotive Systems. Seidenberger says Continental is a good example of a company that benefits from operating in Seguin.
"I think because of the jobs that they brought into Seguin, the amount of capital investment. It’s very very important. The fact that they were here already and they had this huge growth with this expansion is very meaningful," said Seidenberger.
Also recognized was KDF, Inc. The firearms business located on State Highway 46 was presented with this year's Local Entrepreneur of the Year award. Alamo Group also received recognition for its success in maintaining its safety hours. The company was presented with a Safety in Excellence Award. This year's Community Service Award went to Minigrip. Minigrip was applauded for its continued efforts to fund the Guadalupe County United Way raising almost $100,000 this past year. Also recognized for its business retention and expansion plans was Helmerich & Payne. The oil drilling business will soon be relocating their home office from Alice to Seguin. Their future facility is on tap to be built just north of the Continental Plant on State Highway 123.
Other local awards included:
Alamo Group, Safety Excellence Award
Helmerich & Payne, Business Retention and Expansion Award
Minigrip, Community Service of the Year Award
KDFC, Inc., Entrepreneur of the Year Award