The Hempstead County Economic Development Corporation held their annual meeting Thursday December 14th in the LaGrone-Graves Room at BancorpSouth. Two long-time investors were honored with engraved Bowie Knives.

The Hempstead County Economic Development Corporation held their annual meeting Thursday December 14th in the LaGrone-Graves Room at BancorpSouth. Two long-time investors were honored with engraved Bowie Knives.
They were Rowe Industries and Cox Brothers Foundry. Rowe Industries was founded by Carroll Rowe and began when Rowe started building tanks for volunteer fire department tanker trucks. He later began to manufacture Compressed Air Foam Systems for fire trucks and has made improvements to the systems. His company, which is located on US 278 near the airport, also features a diesal repair shop and a machine shop in addition to the CAFS business.
Cox Brothers Foundry was started in 1927 by brothers Charles J. and McRae Cox. Originally the company worked on farm and railroad equipment. In the 1940's the company began manufacturing sawmill equipment. Cox Brothers recently constructed a new building across the street from their Laurel Street complex. Over the years Cox Brothers has manufactured machinery for 25 states, Canada, Mexico, and South America. Bryan Cox accepted the Bowie Knife on behalf of Cox Brothers.
Hempstead County Judge Haskell Morse made the presentation to Rowe while Hope Mayor Steve Montgomery made the presentation to Bryan Cox.