Grady-White Boats received Pitt County’s Industry of the Year award Friday.
It’s awarded to a business that is an innovative leader with high employee retention.
Many employees gathered for the celebration.
The company provides hundreds of jobs in Pitt County.
Randy Walters with the Pitt County Development Commission said it has a large economic impact on the east.
“It is tremendous,” said Walters. “We just left seeing 350 employees, all of them may not live in Pitt County but all of them impact Pitt County as an individual. As a corporation, and as the Smith Foundation, it impacts almost every households in one way or another through their philanthropy in Pitt County.
He said a thriving industry like Grady White plays a role in attracting other industries to the area.