Celebrating a Quarter Century of Excellence

On September 23rd, 2014, Hi-Lite, the premier airfield maintenance contractor in the world, celebrated their 25th anniversary. A luncheon was held in one of the new hangers at the Watertown International Airport to recognize Hi-Lite's 25 years in business, as well as their important role in economic development and job creation in a globalized economy. 

Special guests and speakers included Honorary Speaker Representative Bill Owens from New York's 23rd District, Assemblywoman for the 116th district, Addie Russell and Donald Alexander, CEO of the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency. Additional speakers included Bob Markowski, VP Commercial Lending NBT Bank and John McNeely, President and CEO of Hi-Lite.

Besides their 25th anniversary, Hi-Lite had other reasons to celebrate. Recently the company received approval for more than $7.1 million in loans through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program to buy new equipment and create up to 10 jobs. Hi-Lite also recently received a separate $1.5 million short-term loan from the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency and the Jefferson County Local Development Corporation.

Over the last 15 years, Hi-Lite has experienced annual double-digit growth. Representative Owens said during his remarks that Hi-Lite was a company “leading the way” in looking for opportunities to expand regionally and internationally.

“A great deal of our success is because we put safety first,” said John McNeely, President and CEO of Hi-Lite. 
“Our clients, no matter what part of the world they're in, know that when we get done with a project their airfield will be safer, and there's nothing more important than that.”


10 Oct, 14