Jewell Hudgens Machine Company: "Small Business of the Year" winner

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - We want to congratulate the winner of the Angelina County Chamber of Commerce "Small Businesses of the Year."

The award went to Jewell Hudgens Machine Company. The small business was built in 1947, beginning as a machine shop that did repair for local sawmills. The company's owner said he was stunned to receive the award.

"I'm extremely grateful and humble to receive this award," said Tom Billingsley, owner of Jewell Hudgens Machine Company. "We're very shocked and thrilled to be included in this. I only wish my 30 employees were here to share this award. They helped get us here."

The small business of the year award nominees were: The Center for Sight, Innovative Homes of Deep East Texas, Jewell Hudgens Machine Company, Music World, and Wisteria Hideaway.

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