The 23rd annual meeting of the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance was held Friday, April 26, at Carlisle Inn in Walnut Creek.
The alliance is an independent, not-for-profit association of business, industry, organizations, government, and individuals covering 16 counties dedicated to advocating public/private sector partnerships which stimulate economic development and the overall enhancement of the region's quality of life. Tracy Drake is president and Dale Hileman is executive director. Keynote speaker was Jack Partridge, president, Columbia Gas/NiSource and the keynote topic was "Gas is good." Also speaking were 70th District State Representative Dale Hall, and Rick Simmers, chief, Oil and Gas Division, ODNR.
More than 200 people attended the event. Washington County was well represented with about 25 people, including County Commissioners Tim Irvine, Ron Feathers, and David White, Representative Andy Thompson and Marietta Mayor Joe Matthews.
Each year EODA presents four "Excellence" awards. Those are the Excellence in Manufacturing, Excellence in Technology, Excellence in Small or Emerging Business, and the Excellent in Tourism.
The nomination criteria for the EODA Excellence in Manufacturing Award seeks to recognize excellence in business growth, job creation, innovative programs, new product development, community service, and statewide, national, or international attention for the region.
Pioneer Pipe of Marietta received the "Excellence in Manufacturing Award." Washington County Commission Tim Irvine gave a brief history of the company and introduced Dave Archer, founder and chairman, Mike Archer, president and CEO, and Matt Hilverding, chief operating officer. They accepted the award on behalf of Pioneer Pipe and its employees.
"It was my pleasure to present the Excellence in Manufacturing Award to Pioneer Pipe at the EODA annual meeting. Pioneer Pipe is a local company with a national presence. The company's leadership and employees are focused on growth, quality, safety, innovative programs, and community service. Pioneer Group and Pioneer Pipe are tremendous assets to Washington County and the region," said Tim Irvine.