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Local company receives "Business Amabassador Award"

A local company has received a major statewide award for creating jobs.
Fort Walton Machining was honored with the Governor's "Business Ambassador Award".

The company manufactures aerospace components, as well as products for other industries.
The owner, Tim McDonald, died in 2010 when his vintage T6 airplane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico.

His widow Jan had to decide whether to move forward with his plan to diversify the company.
"I just knew what he would want, and what he wanted was to grow this division, and that's what we've done."   

In less than four years, McDonald and CEO Greg Britton have increased the workforce from 185 to 220.
Fort Walton Machining was one of only three companies to receive the Business Ambassador Award.