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Joint IDA Tenure Awards

Monday, March 18, 2019  
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Joint Industrial Development Authority
Phone: 276-223-3370
David Manley (
John Matthews (

Joint IDA of Wythe County Presents Awards
at Annual Luncheon in Wytheville

WYTHEVILLE—The Joint Industrial Development Authority recently held its annual awards luncheon at which it presents its longevity-celebrating tenure awards as well as a special recognition award. These accolades were presented at aluncheon held at the Bolling Wilson Hotel on February 28, 2019.

Jason El Koubi, Executive Vice President of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), was the keynote speaker. Mr. El Koubi spoke about the current state of Virginia’s economy and the changes being made to improve economic development efforts across the Commonwealth. He also shared that in his judgment, as the economy improves, Wythe County is well positioned to capitalize on economic development opportunities. He also spoke of the strong working relationship VEDP has with the Joint IDA and its staff.

Joining the Joint IDA board of directors and the celebrated businesseswere members of the Wythe County Board of Supervisors, Wytheville Town Council, and Rural Retreat Town Council.

The Joint IDA acknowledged the ongoing support of Wytheville Office Supply. Wytheville Office Supply has been the sole sponsor of the luncheon since its inception in 2005.

The following companies received acknowledgment for their contributions to the community over extended periods:25 years:Dalton Enterprises, Inc., Electro Finishing, J. J. Haines and Company, LLC, R. H. Sheppard Company, Inc;30 years:Sand Mountain Sand;35 years:Hutchinson Sealing Systems, Inc., S & W Fertilizer;45 years:Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products;70 years:Southern States. The history of each company was detailed to those in attendance and a commemorative glass trophy was awarded by Joint IDA Chairman David Kause.

The Joint IDA also presented Southern Pharmacy with the Special Recognition award for their continued presence and growth in Wythe County. Southern Pharmacy recently expanded into a renovated facility in Fairview Park off North 4th Street in Wytheville.

David Manley, Joint IDA Executive Director commented, "We have a vibrant and resilient business community in Wythe County and today is our chance to show our appreciation to those demonstrating success over decades. The private sector is thriving here and great things are yet to come."

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The Joint Industrial Development Authority is the economic development office for Wythe County, the Town of Wytheville, and the Town of Rural Retreat. For more information, please visit or call 276.223.3370.

Keynote speaker, Jason El Koubi, addressing the luncheon attendees.
Adam Dalton of Dalton Enterprises.
Steve Jacoby of R.H. Sheppard.
Rural Retreat Town Manager, Jason Childers, accepting the award on behalf of Electro Finishing.
Jamie Collins with Salem Stone and
Sand Mountain Sand.
Plant ManagerRandy Lundof Hutchinson Sealing Systems.
S & W Fertilizer Co-Founder Phyl Snapp accepts the award.
Alan Freeman of Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products.
Tim Pennington accepting the JIDA Special Recognition award for Southern Pharmacy.


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