Local businesses honored

March 08, 2001

Local businesses honored


Eight local businesses, including the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, were honored at the second annual Washington County Business Awards ceremony Wednesday night.

There were 24 finalists for the awards, chosen from hundreds of nominations. The selection committee for this year's award program included last year's eight winners.

Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission Chairman Tom Newcomer called the event "The Oscars for our Washington County business community."

More than 350 people attended the ceremony for what organizers hope will become an annual event.

"These winners represent the very best in our business community," Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce Chairwoman Suzanne Hayes said.

"The winners of the 2001 Washington County Business Awards represent the 'best of class' in their various fields," EDC Executive Director John Howard said.

Award recipients

The At Your Service Award went to Long Meadow Exxon of Hagerstown. The award is for a retail or service company generating customer loyalty and satisfaction.

The Be Our Guest Award went to the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. The award is for a business whose marketing efforts generate visitors to and recognition of Washington County.

The Entrepreneurial Award went to Glessner Alarm and Communications of Hagerstown. The award is for a company with fewer than 50 employees that has increased employment or production or created an innovative service.

The Going Global Award went to Garden State Tanning Inc. of Williamsport. The award is given to a growing company that has increased the percentage of revenue it receives from foreign sales relative to total sales.

The Innovation Award went to Fujicolor Processing, Inc. of Williamsport. The award is for a company whose use of technology has produced a measurable increase in sales, product quality and production.

The Made In Washington County Award went to the Cavetown Planing Mill of Cavetown. The award is given to a business making or assembling a product in Washington County.

The Vision Award went to Burrey Moser Gehr Architects of Hagerstown. The award goes to a developer, architect, engineer or construction contractor exhibiting innovative design and creative use or reuse of land and space.

The Work Force Development Award went to DOT Foods of Williamsport. The award is given to a company that has made work force development a priority by offering its county employees training and educational opportunities or by investing money or other resources in local programs that positively affect local work force development.

Representatives of the award winning organizations has various reactions.

"We are very humbled by it," said Jim Canella, DOT general manager.

"I think it's fantastic and I owe it all to my employees," said John Kemmet of Long Meadow Exxon.

"We are just very pleased to get this recognition," said Marc Levy, executive director of the orchestra. He said he was glad to see people are enjoying the orchestra experience.

Noel Williams, operations manager of Fujicolor, said he was surprised but pleased that the company won. Surprised, he said, because it was up against "heavy hitters."

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