HILTON HEAD, S.C. _ The nation's recession won't stop the Lance Potato Summit.
The snack maker has been planning the inaugural event since the fall, and its leaders aren't going to let the economy's decline derail their gathering on Hilton Head Island.
Later this month, the company will bring 75 to 100 managers and suppliers to Sea Pines Resort.
The group will play golf and Lance spared no expense on the end-of-gathering banquet. But the company hasn't spent lavishly on the rest of the summit, said purchasing agent Jeff Thomas, who helped organize the trip.
Many participants from around the country will pay their own way, and some company officials will drive from Lance's headquarters in Charlotte.
"We're not being foolish about it," Thomas said. "We're a little cautious, if you will."
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