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Hilltop Lumber to get BIAD award

Hilltop Lumber, shown at its Alexandria location on Nokomis Street, is the winner of this year's Business and Industrial Day Award. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)

Hilltop Lumber has been chosen to receive the 2018 Business and Industrial Appreciation Day award by the boards of directors of the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission and Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.

The BIAD event has honored a Douglas County company each year since 1984, making it one of the longest-standing annual events of its type in greater Minnesota.

The factors considered in selecting a company for the award are: impact on the job market; impact on the local economy; capital Investment, an indication of commitment by the business to increase community capacity; and community contributions, evidence of the company's investment of time, skills and resources to assist in community-oriented projects.

The BIAD luncheon is set for Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center. Hilltop Lumber will be recognized with a company video, and formal resolutions from local and state leaders will be presented.

To register to attend the event, go to

The Echo Press will distribute a publication focusing on the accomplishments of Hilltop Lumber the week prior to the event.