Jacksonville’s beverage distributor was recognized at last night’s Jacksonville Regional Economic Development Corporation annual investors meeting.
A. Gaudio and Sons was named the Harold Cox Industry of the Year. Sales manager Mickey Marks says the company had to evolve from being just a beer distributor to becoming a “beverage” distributor after showing very little growth five years ago.
“Over the last five years we’ve made some major adjustments and expanded what we do going into a lot of non-alcohol sales and expanding our territory a little bit,” says Marks. “We’re just keeping up with the times and trying to stay ahead in this kind of tough economic period. We’re being creative and doing the best we can for our company, employees and serving Jacksonville and the area.”
The annual meeting was also an opportunity for JREDC to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Terry Denison is president of the organization.
“A lot of communities have economic development organizations but I don’t think there’s very many that can say they’ve been in business for over 50 years,” says Denison. “I think our community should be very proud of that. We’ve been different names but we’ve all been doing the very same thing which is trying to keep our industries and help grow our economy. So, I’m really proud of the fact that we’re 50 years old and still going and still growing.”
Denison says last year 190 new jobs were created in Morgan and Scott counties, there was $40 million in new development and 90-thousand square feet of new construction.