RIDGEWAY — Businesses, organizations and people around the world wore red clothing last Friday (Feb. 7) in support of women and heart disease.
Lang Mekra was one of the many local businesses to celebrate National Wear Red Day, allowing employees to wear red to show their support for the awareness of heart disease.
In 2003, research revealed that heart disease was by far the top killer of women and actually killed more women than men. To save lives and raise awareness of this serious issue, the American Heart Association launched Go Red For Women and the red dress became an iconic symbol for battle against heart disease in women.
Heart disease has no noticeable symptoms and is statistically more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.
National Wear Red Day — the first Friday in each February — is the special day to bring attention to heart disease.
Since the first National Wear Red Day in 2003, tremendous strides have been made in the fight against heart disease in women. Through research and education to healthy lifestyle changes, 34-percent fewer women die from heart disease — a total of 330 lives per day.
Even with all those successes, heart disease is still the number one killer of women, by killing almost 1,100 women per day.
Each year annually, Lang Mekra participates in the cause to bring awareness to hear disease.
Lang Mekra established their North American headquarters in Ridgeway in February of 1996, by building a new 15,000 square foot building in Ridgeway. Over the years the company has expanded in seven phases and grown to nearly 200,000 sq ft of manufacturing space with integrated test and vibrations analysis lab and engineering and simulation center.
In eight months, Lang Mekra will be celebrating its 20th anniversary for its Ridgeway location.
Their evidence of good, sound business practice is evident in the numerous awards and recognition from industry, business, and community groups which includes:
• South Carolina Manufacturer of the Year 1999, 2002
• Town of Winnsboro “Good Samaritan” Award 1999
• South Carolina “Family Friendly Workplace” Award 2001
• Fairfield County “Corporate Citizen” Award 2002
• South Carolina “Physically Friendly Workplace” Award 2002
• United Way Community Involvement Team 2003
• South Carolina “Environmental Excellence” Award 2003, 2005
• March of Dimes “Columbia Chapter” Chairperson 2006
For more photos of Lang Mekra’s employees wearing red, visit www.heraldindependent.com.