Salute to Industry moves to Ford Park in Beaumont

Barbara Lynn

Carl R. Griffith & Associates announced its annual “Salute To Industry” has been scheduled for Friday, Oct. 19, in the Pavilion at Ford Park. Gates will open at 6 p.m. The annual event is sponsored by area businesses to express support and appreciation for industries in Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana.

The 2012 event will include appearances by well-known country artists Joe Nichols and Craig Morgan as well as iconic Beaumont R&B singer Barbara Lynn. Also appearing will be local bands Long Neck Road and Classics Revisited. Lawn seating is free to the public but requires a ticket for admission. Parking for the event is free with a ticket. For ticket information, go to

Sponsors for the event include Arceneaux & Gates Consulting Engineers, Associated Builders and Contractors, Brock Enterprises, Burrow Global, Carl R. Griffith & Associates, Maverick International, Echo Maintenance, Ritter Forest Products, and Judge Bob Wortham. Among the honored guests will be State Sen. Tommy Williams, State Rep. Joe Deshotel, State Rep. Mike Hamilton, State Rep. Allan Ritter, Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames and the Beaumont City Council, Port Arthur Mayor Deloris “Bobbie” Prince and the Port Arthur City Council, Judge Bob Wortham, County Judge Jeff Branick, County Judge Billy Caraway, County Judge Jimmy Sylvia, and the Commissioner Courts of Jefferson and Chambers counties.

The Salute To Industry began in 2008 on the Griffith ranch near Winnie as a way of recognizing local industry and highlighting the companies in Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana that have been critical to the success of the “energy hub of the United States.” Previous headliners have included Diamond Rio and Ronnie Milsap among other notable entertainers.

According to Carl Griffith, the creator of the event, the move to Ford Park Pavilion is a natural one. “The event has simply outgrown our facilities,” he said, “and we wanted to make it available to an even larger segment of the population. Our area is proud of its record of supporting and working for industry. Industry in Texas is the envy of every other state in the country, and we take every opportunity to express our appreciation for the jobs and the economic stability our industries provide.”