FARMINGTON — Three local businesses with ties to San Juan County's energy industries were bestowed with Economic Development, Growth and Excellence Awards on Thursday. Lucky Ridge Inc. of Farmington, Miller & Sons Trucking Inc. of Bloomfield and Williams, a major natural gas processor with a large presence in Bloomfield, were honored with EDGE Awards. The companies were chosen from among nine nominees by a panel of local judges. The awards are organized by Four Corners Economic Development and recognize companies that provide good-paying jobs in what are called “economic base” industries. The EDGE Awards were announced at a banquet at the San Juan CollegeHenderson Fine Arts Center. Former New Mexico Gov. Garrey Carruthers gave the keynote speech. Lucky Ridge is a local success story for owners Anthony and Roxanna impson. A former BHP Billiton employee, Anthony cashed in his 401(k) to start the oilfield service company in 2006. Initially, Lucky Ridge was based in the San Juan College Enterprise Center, a local business incubator. When the oil and gas industry was devastated by a steep drop in natural gas prices, Lucky Ridge switched its focus to mining services in 2010. The company now does much of its work at Navajo Mine, including railroad maintenance for the mine’s coal-hauling train. Lucky Ridge has 30 employees, a majority of whom are Native American. The company has enjoyed an average annual growth rate of 27 percent. “It's overwhelming,” Roxanna Simpson said in reaction to winning an Edge Award. Anthony Simpson credited Lucky Ridge's employees and their commitment to quality. Williams has several natural-gas gathering and processing facilities in the San Juan Basin. The company, based in Tulsa, Okla., has more than 300 local employees. “It's really an honor to be recognized in the community,” said Don Wicburg, general manager of Williams' Four Corners operations.