JACKSON - The CEO of a Philadelphia industry was recognized last week by the Mississippi Business Journal.

Thomasson Company CEO Pat Thomasson was named the Journal's 2014 Businesswoman of the Year Thursday in a ceremony at the Hilton of Jackson.

In making the announcement, the Journal noted that becoming the leader of a company her parents built was rather humbling for Thomasson.

The company provides pressure treated utility poles of varying lengths and specifications for use by utility companies of all types.

Thomasson Company provides varying degrees of treatment designed to delay the decaying process and ensure pole longevity, depending on the specific climate.

As CEO of the Thomasson Company, the Journal pointed out that Thomasson has increased the wood products company's sales by more than 50 percent to more than $60 million without any acquisitions.

"An active member of the Women's Business Enterprise Council South, Thomasson is a strong advocate for other women in business and passionate about issues surrounding the business community," the Mississippi Business Journal said.

Thomasson was elected president of the Mississippi Lumber Manufacturers Association in 2010, the first female to achieve the position.

A breast cancer survivor, Thomasson is also a graduate of the University of Mississippi and is founder and director of the Neshoba County Rebel Club and serves as secretary of the Rotary Club of Philadelphia.