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5/16/2021 9:25:00 AM
Good Citizenship Starts at the Top

Wayne Howard

Saturday (May 15th) was a beautiful day--the kind of day when one might enjoy a round of golf or boating on Lake Norman or a picnic or cookout...or in the case of Shannon Lafferty, the CEO of Blum, Inc., picking up trash along Old Plank Road.

For anyone not familiar, Blum, Inc. is located just off NC16-business on Old Plank Road in southeastern Lincoln County.  In 1979, Blum moved from a small warehouse in Hickory to a 30,000 square foot building where, since then, nine building expansions have been completed. They now have a 450,000 square foot building  that includes administration, manufacturing and distribution facilities, a high-rise product storage building with automated retrieval, a low-bay warehouse for customer order staging, a state-of-the-art cabinet shop, and a samples preparation area.  Blum, Inc. was named by the Lincoln Economic Development Association (LEDA) as Lincoln County's Industry of the Year for 2020.  Their corporate leadership and community involvement are well-known, and as we saw on Saturday, good citizenship starts at the top.

After spotting some volunteers picking up trash along Old Plank Road, this reporter asked one of them if he could take a photograph.  I mentioned that I had seen a couple of women a little further up the road doing the same and was told, "that was my wife and daughter."  The gentleman whom I photographed identified himself as the manager at Blum, Inc. He didn't tell me he is the CEO.  I apologized for not recognizing him, but hopefully this article will do a better job of that.  

Mr. Lafferty joined Blum in 2013 as a purchasing manager. In 2015 he assumed responsibility for the materials group and was involved in several significant projects including equipment expansions. He became presiden and CEO in July 2019.

Many industries do good things in their communities, but to see the president and CEO out picking up trash on a Saturday morning when being on the golf course or the lake would certainly have been more expected says a lot about the man and the company.  Thank you, Shannon Lafferty and Blum, Inc. for beintg exemplary good citizens.

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