Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce and city of Mexico present award
A town in the middle of nowhere, but the center of everywhere, is how Zenith Aircraft owner and president Sebastien Heintz described Mexico during his speech Tuesday night at the 25th annual Commerce and Industry Appreciation Dinner.
Zenith Aircraft was the recipient of this year’s award, sponsored by the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce and the city of Mexico. The event is to recognize a local business or industry for outstanding contributions to the economic growth of Mexico and for dedicated community service.
Heintz stated people do ask him “Why Mexico?” for his location of his company. He simply tells them it is a good community in which to live, have a business and raise a family. Heintz and his wife, Susan, have four children.
Zenith Aircraft is located at the Mexico Memorial Airport-Hagan Brothers Field, and employs approximately 20 people. It sells and manufactures all the parts for light aircraft kits.
Heintz proudly told the audience that Zenith Aircraft is unique in that it provides dreams for their customers. “We sell parts to help customers realize their dream (of building their own plane). We are more than just nuts and bolts,” he added.
Zenith Aircraft is not a large business, but Heintz believes that is one reason they are still in business. The company continues to specialize in parts for light aircraft kits and “we do it well,” stated Heintz. “We do enjoy bringing people to Mexico.”
He ended his speech with his thanks to the community for its support. “This is an honor for us and a testament of what you do to support us.”
The evening began with a social hour followed by a dinner at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Steve Hagan was emcee for the evening, giving a brief history of Zenith.
After the presentation of the award to Heintz by Barb Wilson, president of the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Virginia Robertson took the podium to present a proclamation from the city to Heintz, but not before she commended him on his speech, stating he should be an ambassador for Mexico and maybe his phrase “A town in the middle of nowhere, and the middle of everywhere,” should be used to attract new businesses.
Rep. Steve Hobbs also gave his congratulations to Heintz and his company.
Entertaining the audience with his wit and charm as Buddy “Tex” Maverick was Dr. Mike Briggs explaining in his own Texan way why he liked Zenith aircrafts and why he bought a kit to make one of his own. Also a game of “Zenith Jeopardy” was played by those attending.
Previous honorees of the award include: A.P. Green Industries, Audrain Medical Center, National Refractories, Missouri Military Academy, Commerce Bank, Mexico Heating Company, Crown Linen Service, Continental Products, First National Bank, Optec D.D., USA Inc., Martinsburg Bank & Trust, Hickman’s IGA, Pearl Motor Company, Consolidated Electric Cooperative, Brook-stone Company, The Mexico Ledger, KXEO/KWWR, Spar-tan Light Metal Products, Sydenstricker Implement Com-any and Ben’s Auto Body.