Lansford Alive will honor longtime businessman Kenny Hill, owner of Hill’s Machine Shop, which closed Dec. 31, after 65 years in business.
The event sponsored by Lansford Alive, will take place at the machine shop along Dock St. in Lansford on April 14 from 2pm-6pm.
The building, the former Lehigh and New England freight station, was purchased by the borough after the station closed in the 1950s, Lansford Alive said.
The building was later converted into an industrial manufacturing space and occupied by numerous businesses until Hill purchased and opened the machine shop in 1979.
The building will eventually be used as an anchor for tourism in the borough.
“Kenny lived his dream of owning a machine shop and was proud to have it in an historic building in Lansford,” said Christopher Ondrus, president of Lansford Alive. “He ran a successful business for many years and gave back to his community whenever he could. It is only fitting that he be honored for his accomplishments over the years.”
The machine shop will be open to the public and Kenny and Jeanie Hill will be on hand to answer questions, along with representatives from the borough of Lansford, the Lansford Historical Society, and the Carbon Chamber of Economic Development.