Economic Development Award Winners

NEWTON, NC (Nov. 3, 2017)—The city of Newton congratulates the recipients of the 2017 Business Advisory Committee Economic Development Awards.

Bassett Furniture Industries received the Economic Development Award for a business that employs more than 100 people. Pin Station Bowling Center received the Economic Development Award for a business that employs fewer than 100 people. Dr. Alan Forshey of Newton Family Physicians was named the Economic Development Professional of the Year.

Bassett’s blend of style, comfort, and value has been trusted for more than a century and made it one of the most recognizable brands in America. Bassett has taken its craftsmanship and built a reputation of quality custom furniture that can be made and delivered in 30 days or less. Every week, Bassett ships thousands of pieces of furniture made in Newton to destinations throughout the country. Their partnership with Newton began in the 1960s, and the business has grown to become one of the city’s largest employers, with close to 500 employees.

Pin Station was opened by Wayne Dellinger in 1996. Over the years, he has grown the business to include 50 bowling lanes, a 36-hole miniature golf course, and a 6,000-square-foot banquet room. Pin Station offers a variety of entertainment for people from Newton and beyond, including cosmic bowling on the weekends, a delicious restaurant, an arcade filled with an assortment of games for all ages, and facilities for parties and special events.

Forshey obtained his Doctorate of Medicine from Ohio State University and completed his residency at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He worked as an emergency physician in 1981 and then moved to Newton in 1982 to open a family medicine clinic. After more than 35 years, he is still caring for the Newton community. Newton Family Physicians has grown to include six physicians and four nurse practitioners that serve more than 25,000 patients annually. Forshey is especially interested in improving lifestyles for all ages and is now caring for third generations of families.

“Newton is filled with talented business leaders who work every day to make this city a better place,” Newton Mayor Anne P. Stedman said. “I would like to congratulate Bassett, Pin Station, and Dr. Alan Forshey on winning this year’s Economic Development Awards. I am grateful for their contributions to the city, and I wish them many more years of continued success.”

The Economic Development Award recipients were honored at the Business Advisory Committee Business Appreciation Event on Oct. 26 at the Old Post Office Playhouse in Downtown Newton.

The Economic Development Award and Economic Development Professional of the Year Award recognize the exceptional contributions of businesses and business leaders to the Newton community. Nominees are judged on any of the following: innovativeness; economic development accomplishments; community commitment or involvement; measured objectives which may include jobs created, jobs retained or improved, monetary investment in the community, or additions to the tax base; and additional benefits to the community.

The mission of the Business Advisory Committee is to advise Newton City Council on business issues that impact the city including retail, commercial, downtown, and residential development; ordinances and codes to support development and redevelopment; investments needed by the public and private sectors to carry out development and redevelopment projects; and potential incentives to attract new business investment.

The current Business Advisory Committee includes Chairperson Jennifer Stiver, Larry Adams, Lisa Crump, Jess Hoffman, Bradley Saine, Suzanne White, Tom Warlick, and Leslie Yount.

Business professionals are encouraged to stay up to date with Business Advisory Committee events and announcements by registering their contact information at