Leadership Lincoln’s March focus was on Industry. Lincoln Parish is fortunate to have many classifications of industry and the class became familiar with several of them. The group began the day at the Visitors Center where they were treated with breakfast and a brief presentation from Devin Davis, a Leadership Lincoln graduate from Southern AgCredit (financial industry) and his teammate, Kelly Coleman. Next, Chris Calhoun showed them the inner workings of the Railway Coffee roasting lab (food industry).

Allison Lee showed them around at the first manufacturing industry stop, Frosty Factory of America. Did you know, Frosty Factory sells daiquiri machines worldwide? From here they attended a ribbon cutting ceremony and lunch at Delta Broadband (telecommunications industry). Lunch was provided by Delta Broadband from KaceeDillas food truck and Uptown Downtown.

Following lunch, Crystal Richard and Celeste Traylor enlightened them on the industry of news media at the Ruston Daily Leader, where the presses have been running for more than 120 years. They then went to Walmart to learn more about the retail industry from Chantel Coleman. Finishing off the travel portion of the day with more manufacturing, they met with James Roberts and Josh Raymond to tour Andritz Fabrics & Rolls (formerly Xerium). When they returned to the Visitors Center they discussed their class project which involves assisting the Ruston Community Men’s Shed with marketing and preparing for the spring ShedFest Makers Market.

If you would like information on applying for Leadership Lincoln XXXV which will begin in September 2021, please visit our website, RustonLincoln.org or contact Ashley Smith at 255-2031 or asmith@rustonlincoln.org.

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