Tyson wins top Chamber business award

Mar. 07, 2013 @ 03:49 PM

The Union County Chamber of Commerce honored local businesses and business leaders with its Excellence in Business Awards.

The annual event was held at the Rolling Hills Country Club.

Winners were named during the event in the categories of Business of the Year, Corporate Spirit Award, Business Woman of the Year, Man of the Year, and Business Leaders Hall of fame.

When it came to Business of the Year, the award was broken down into three sections. Carolina Staffing Resources won the Business of the Year Award for small businesses while Norton Door Controls won for the medium sized businesses and Tyson Foods won for the large businesses. 

“The business of the year category recognizes organizations that have shown growth in business, expansion of operations, investment in capital in human and in physical, leadership and community involvement and customer service,” Sharon Rosché, president of the Union County Chamber of Commerce said.

Carolina Staffing Resources partners with companies throughout the Carolinas to connect workforce to business. It provides support to employers who have a need for Executive Search, Temp-to-Hire and Payroll for employment needs and human resource needs. The business was established by Cheryl Neely in 2009 and has since expanded their outreach to Union County. The business grew from a one-person company to eight internal staff and 100 plus employees in Union County, according to a statement from the Union County Chamber of Commerce.

Norton Door Controls is the leading manufacturer of commercial door closers and low energy door operators. The company has manufactured products in Monroe since 1957. In 2012, it expanded its operations to include closers and launched a portfolio expansion of import door closers that resulted in additional staffing and made approximately $1 million in capital investments. The company has received a Top Products Award from Building Operation Management, according to the chamber of commerce statement.

Tyson Foods’ Monroe plant processes approximately 1,250,000 chickens per week. During the past few years, the company’s Monroe facility has installed new capital equipment. It installed equipment to weigh individual batches of chicken to provide net weight tray pack chicken for Wal-Mart in an industry leading approach. The company has also invested approximately $11,000,000 in the Monroe facility with capital projects and has been rated either first or second in overall operating matrices for both 2011 and 2012. The company relies on more than 11,000 independent family farmers to supply beef, pork and poultry, according to the chamber of commerce statement.

Better Car People won the Corporate Spirit Award.

The company was established to better the community through their employees, families and charities. The company supports and volunteers with Alliance for Children, Cancer Fighters’ 5K, March Fourth with Hope, Union Academy Foundation, Union County Community Shelter, Union County Red Cross, Union Symphony and others.

Lorayn Deluca, the owner and founder of Mama Luca Media, was named Business Woman of the Year.

“I’m so grateful to be here today, I love this community,” Deluca said while accepting the award.

She spoke a little about her time in Union County and why she enjoys being part of the chamber of commerce.

“In the down times and good times we help each other,” she said.

For an example of how chamber members work to help each other, she spoke a little about the Union County Chamber of Commerce encouraging people to shop local, which was helpful to many of the chamber members.

DeLuca moved to Union County in 2005. She has managed a portrait studio and helped the company merge territories and downsize into regions. She started her own consulting company that assists business and homeowners with insurance and estate planning needs and became the director/lead photographer for South Charlotte Living Magazine. DeLuca is also a photojournalist for Today’s Health Woman Magazine. She serves as a board member for Turning Point and serves a speaker on Teen Dating Violence Awareness. She is also an adjunct teacher with South Piedmont Community College, teaching Human Resources Development, according to the chamber of commerce statement.

Chip Smith was named Business Man of the Year.

Smith started Smith Lawn Maintenance in 1988 as a one man, one mower and one truck operation. Today his company, Smith Ground Management, has more than 60 vehicles, more than 100 employees and manages more than 500 acres in the greater Charlotte area. Smith has mentored young men looking for guidance in starting their own businesses. He has been highlighted in several industry magazines and helped get Carolina Green Industry Network started in the Carolinas, according to the chamber of commerce statement.

Fred Carson Long was inducted into the Business Leaders Hall of Fame Wednesday.

He was not able to attend the event but his granddaughter accepted the award in his honor.

Long grew up in Monroe with 10 other siblings and attended Benton Heights High School. He later graduated from King’s Business College with a degree in accounting. He served in the Navy from 1943 to 1946. In 1948 he joined Hargett Electric Company as an accountant and in 1969 created Long Wiring Company. In 1965 he was elected to serve on the Monroe City Council where he served two, four-year terms as mayor pro-tem. He was elected mayor of Monroe in 1975 and served until 1987. During his time as mayor, the current Monroe City Hall was built and the city’s maintenance facility and warehouse on Walkup Avenue were constructed. The back nine holes were added to Monroe Country Club and Dickerson Park and Belk Tonawanda Park were created. Long has served on several community boards in the county and even served a year as president of the Union County Chamber of Commerce. In 1984 he was named the Union County Man of the Year, according to the chamber of commerce statement.

For more information about the Union County Chamber of Commerce visit www.unioncountycoc.com.