AC Foods, Freres honored

October, 2018 Posted in Business, Community

Two local companies and Marion County were among the five honorees at the September SEDCOR awards luncheon. The lead economic development agency for Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties, SEDCOR annually celebrates the achievements of businesses and community leaders.

AC Foods / Silver Mountain of Sublimity received the Agri-Business of the Year award for its vision and investment in its blueberry processing plant. The company was cited for is its “demonstrated excellence in agri-business” and supporting and maintaining a significant role in the future of agriculture in the
local economy.

Freres Lumber Co. was honored as Manufacturer of the Year. The company’s new mass plywood panel was featured on screen during the luncheon. The award recognizes “an outstanding manufacturer that is making world-class products, creating job opportunities and strengthening communities.”

Marion County was named Business Partner of the Year for exemplifying “the best qualities of corporate citizenship by contributing significantly to the community and to the successful operation of SEDCOR programs.”

The Community Service Award was given to Ticor Title. The Innovative Product award went to Red Barn Hemp out of Woodburn.

“Every year, I am impressed by the innovation and dedication of the businesses who receive an award,” SEDCOR Board Chair Mark Hoyt said. “What is so remarkable this year is how each of the businesses took a risk from creating a new product to venturing into uncharted territory to make their company stronger to meet changing markets.”

More than 350 SEDCOR members, civic and government officials attended the event at the Salem Convention Center. According to SEDCOR’s 2017-18 annual report, the organization has played a role in bringing more than $151 million of new investment to the region this past year which represented 697 new or retained jobs.

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