Eleven local industries were recognized Thursday night at the 15th annual Manufacturer's Milestone Anniversary Banquet at the Sedalia Country Club.

Economic Development Sedalia Pettis County Executive Director Jessica Craig explained the reason for the dinner:

“Economic Development recognizes companies for every five years that they are here in the community for thriving and surviving. We had about 260 people come out and support our existing businesses,” Craig said.

“We drive by these facilities every single day. But not a lot of people know what goes on behind the front doors. So this is our attempt to recognize, thank them and appreciate their footprint here that could really be anywhere else on the globe,” Craig noted.

About 35-40 percent of the workforce in Pettis County is employed in manufacturing, Craig added. “Every day, they drive from about 10 surrounding counties to support and work in manufacturing jobs in Pettis County,” she concluded.

A list of the manufacturers and their number of years in businesses are listed as follows:

Mid States Specialty Eggs – 10
WireCo World Group Distribution Center – 10
Impact Signs, Awnings & Wraps – 20
ArcBest – 25
Lyne Plastics – 25
Main Street Logo – 30
PrintLynx – 35
Gardner Denver – 40
WireCo World Group Manufacturing – 40
Pepsi Americas, Inc. - 80
Heartland Coca-Cola – 100

Representatives from each company attending were presented with a plaque from Rusty Kahrs, president of the EDSPC Board of Directors.

Not attending the event were reps from Mid State Specialty Eggs and Pepsi Americas.

Close to two dozen partners (local business) helped sponsor table at the dinner and share the cost of the event.

In the top photo: Heartland Coca-Cola is recognized for 100 years in business in Pettis County on Thursday night at the Sedalia Country Club. Accepting their Milestone award from EDSPC are District Sales Manager Steve Moore and Matt Bynum, GM for Central Missouri Heartland.