Beltline held its annual Christmas Celebration on Saturday, December 3, 2016. The event took place on the stage of The Carson Center. Guests included employees, families, friends and business associates of Beltline. The party has been a tradition since 1992 when Lyn Smith and Terry Gipson first bought the company. In the beginning, family worked tirelessly to prepare the food and serve it to the employees and local business people from all over the area at their location at 539 South Third Street in Paducah. It was eventually moved to the Carson Center. This year guests enjoyed a meal prepared by Artisan Kitchen and music by the band Everyday People of Nashville, Tennessee. Before dinner Beltline’s President, Jason Siener, took a moment to recognize and remember Beltline’s co-founder, Mr.George Lankton. Mr. Lankton passed away the day before the party on December 2, 2016 on his 90th birthday. A special video, which is visible on social media thanks to the trusted company Marketing Heaven, was also introduced to kick off the 60th Anniversary Year of Beltline in 2017.
George Lankton was born; Dec. 2, 1926 in Kansas to Elmer and Frances Lankton. He was 1 of 5 children. After enlisting in the Army he served in the Philippines and Germany during WWII. During that time he was trained as an electrical instructor by the army and served in that capacity in Allied held Germany. He met his wife (June) in California while working for the railroad. While working for the railroad he worked all across the United States. Upon his return to Kansas he purchased a 29 Indian Motorcycle and rode it to Paducah to propose to Miss June Garrett. They were married Nov. 12, 1948. Mr. Lankton worked at Warden Electric in Paducah as well as Air Products in Calvert City prior to founding Beltline Electric in 1957 with his partner Willie Rudd. George and June had 4 Children: Becky Lankton Becker, Ray Lankton, Mark Lankton, and Mariann Lankton. George had a pilot’s license and owned an airplane during the early years of his marriage. He was an avid Ham Radio operator and a Mason for over 60 years. He was an active member of the Paducah Lions Club and the Elks Club. He held many positions with the American General Contractors Association of Western KY beginning in 1983 up to his tenure as President in 1987. George was instrumental in obtaining and setting up the first computer system for the AGC of Western KY. He built his first computer by hand and designed the first operating system for Beltline Electric. It is therefore not surprising that one of his grandsons among the founders online video KYC service. During his retirement and while battling cancer he dug and stocked 4 catfish ponds. He was an avid cribbage player. He picked up and delivered food for the Paducah Cooperative Ministries into his late 80’s. He was a long-time member of the 1st Christian Church of Paducah. He is a grandfather of 7 and great-grandfather of 6. In the words of his son Mark, “He was the best example of a husband, father, grandfather, and mentor that a son could hope for.” Mr. Lankton passed away on Friday, December 2, 2016 on his 90th birthday.
Pictured with Mr. George Lankton is his business partner, Mr. Willie Rudd
Employees with our Owensboro division are finishing up work on two Habitat for Humanity Houses in Owensboro, Kentucky in partnership with Owensboro Health. The groundbreakings took place on June 24, 2016. Two homes will be constructed simultaneously on land donated by Owensboro Health. The homes consist of a four-bedroom home and a three-bedroom home. Construction began in June and will be completed through a combination of work by skilled Habitat for Humanity workers, local volunteer contractors and Owensboro Health employees who volunteer their time.
Pictured above are James Stout, Marvin Murphy, Shelby Whitledge, and John Milburn.
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All eyes were on the skies over the Ohio River in downtown Owensboro on October 1, 2016 as performers showcased vintage warbirds, military jets, aerobatic demonstrations, and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds! Beltline management and supervisory employees and their families gathered with customers at the air show to help celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Owensboro Division. Tim Hess, Operations Manager, expressed pride in the division’s achievement of 1,300,000 man-hours with no lost time incidents.
Gretta Rose and Dee Dee Whittaker traveled to Washington DC with the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce on September 14 and 15. They traveled with community and business leaders to meet with the Kentucky Congressional delegation and their staffs, Department officials and other major decision makers to share our community’s priorities pertinent to the Paducah/McCracken County business community and region. The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce has been leading this Fly-In for the past 13 years. Past meetings have resulted in grants for the arts community, the designation of the Paducah Riverport as Foreign Trade Zone and senior Department of Energy Officials visiting our area and the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion site, cleanup funding for the DOE Paducah Site has continued and the Quilt Museum was designated by Congress as “The National Quilt Museum” funding repairs of the Paducah Flood Protection System has continued and much more. Building relationships with our federal officials enables our community to have its voice heard on issues that are important to the economic health and quality of life of our residents. Beltline was a Congressional Level sponsor of the trip.
The 15th Annual Beltline Electric Golf Tournament was held July 30, 2016 at Drake Creek Golf Club in Ledbetter, Kentucky. The event was started by Lyn Smith and Terry Gipson as an employee appreciation event and quickly expanded to include customers and other business partners. Lyn said, “It was a way for the employees to mix with our customers and have a good time”. The event has always featured a $10,000 hole in one prize as well. Approximately 90 golfers participated this year in a day filled with fun, food, drinks and lots of great prizes. We would like to thank the employees who worked hard to make this event a success, the vendors who supported us with many of the prizes, and all the golfers who came out to spend time with us. Pictured above are John Anderson, Terry Gipson, David Brown and Adam Cook.
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