Endura Products Receives DETCOG Forgivable Loan

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Endura Vice-President of Operations Kevin MacDonald (third from left) receives the symbolic DETCOG Forgivable Loan “Big Check” from Nacogdoches Mayor Roger Van Horn. Also shown (from left) are Nacogdoches City Commissioner Mike Keller; DETCOG Executive Director Walter Diggles; DETCOG First Vice President, Nacogdoches Commissioner, Roy Bolden (second from right) and Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Nancy Windham.

Nacogdoches, Texas – Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) and Nacogdoches officials presented a $200,000.00 check to an Endura Products Executive Wednesday.  The funds facilitate Endura in keeping its thirty-plus employees working at its Nacogdoches Plant.  Endura Vice-President of Operations Kevin MacDonald told those gathered that where they acquire the wood used in their door frames has shifted from South America to North Carolina and Virginia.  The additional cost of the wood, and shipping it to Nacogdoches, has significantly raised the cost of the products produced in Nacogdoches, making them less competitive in the market.  At one time Endura considered shifting the production from Nacogdoches to plants located nearer the wood supply.  The $200,000.00 in funds from the DETCOG Forgivable Loan program is meant to facilitate keeping the thirty-plus jobs at Endura in Nacogdoches.  If the company maintains those jobs for two years, the Forgivable Loan becomes a grant.

Assisting DETCOG Executive Director Walter Diggles with the presentation were Nacogdoches Mayor Roger Van Horn; DETCOG First Vice President, Nacogdoches Commissioner, Roy Bolden; Nacogdoches City Commissioner Mike Keller and Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Nancy Windham.

DETCOG is projected to make eleven Forgivable Loans totaling over $ 3.74 Million Dollars in the twelve county region.  The loans are expected to create or retain over two-hundred seventy jobs.

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Lee Miller was born in Denison, TX and grew up in East Texas with his family. He studied music education at Stephen F. Austin State University taking a job in television on his last day of student teaching. Lee also provides business authoritative expertise to the broadcast industry as a consultant. Presently he is CEO of MSG Resources LLC, which specializes in consulting within broadcast best practices, distribution technologies and media strategy mastery. - - - - - Lee Miller is a well-known veteran of the broadcast media industry with particular experience in leading for-profit and non-profit broadcasting organizations. His career began in Lufkin, Texas in the early 80’s where he progressed from studio operations to creative services and network management. Mr. Miller has since received various professional designations and memberships such as Society of Broadcast Engineers accredited frequency coordinator, The Energy Professionals Association Certified Energy Consultant, and National Religious Broadcasters Television Committee & past Chair. Lee also serves as the Executive Director of the Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance, is a member of the Advanced Television Systems Committee and is proud to be part of Texas Association of Broadcasters Golden Mic Club, highlighting extraordinary careers in broadcasting. Continued engagement with his community is at the core of his business practices serving on the board of the Salvation Army and as keyboardist for the contemporary worship band at Harmony Hill Baptist Church. Lee lives near Lufkin Texas on one of his family’s tree farms located in the Texas Forest Country region north of Houston. He is married to Kenla and has two grown children, Joshua, COO of MSGPR Ltd Co and Morgan, a Critical Care ICU RN.