The event was sponsored by the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Foundation.
"This is a time we bring together our industries, our EDF membership and our economic development partners from around the state and region to celebrate accomplishments and to thank everyone for their part in making Cleveland and Bolivar County a better place,” said Cheryl Comans, Economic Development Foundation president.
"Bolivar County is very fortunate that we have weathered the economic storm fairly well over the last few years when manufacturers have come and gone around the country. We have a strong base of industry here in the county and we are very proud of the companies and the influence they have on Bolivar County. Each year at the event a person, business, or businesses is recognized for their great contributions to Bolivar County.”
This year Faurecia Automotive Seating was recognized on their 10th anniversary in Bolivar County.
Faurecia Automotive Seating was founded in 1997 and Faurecia has grown to become a major player in the global automotive industry.
"A leader in its four areas of business, the group is backed by a R&D and production network with sites in 34 countries. It is the preferred partner of the world's largest automakers, which value its operational excellence and technological expertise,” said Comans.
“North America — including Canada, the United States and Mexico — is now Faurecia’s second-largest market after Europe and is enjoying strong growth.
"In the space of just a few years, the group has built a solid reputation as a leading automotive equipment supplier in the region as it continues to actively expand its operational resources and its portfolio of North American customers. Faurecia now has 41 production sites, six main R & D center, with over 21,000 employees in North America," said Comans.
Faurecia Cleveland began production in 2004 and has become one of the company’s top performers.
"On behalf of the employees of the facility of Cleveland, we proudly accept this 10 year award and thank you," said Keith Kirk, plant manager.
“As you know in a rural area it is very difficult to run a technical plant, especially in automotive. So we've been here for 10 years and the first six or seven were very hectic but the good thing about the last two years, out of 41 plants in North America we are considered one of the best plants.
“That's a good representation of Cleveland and Bolivar County. We could not have done it without the patience of the Cleveland community and Bolivar County and Faurecia senior management. Because of our reputation in the last two to three years we have secured business to be a long-term partner now with Cleveland and Bolivar County,” said Kirk.