County recognizes best in business with awards

March 04, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

Representatives from seven area companies accepted what Hagerstown-Washington County Conventions and Visitors Bureau president Tom Riford called "the Oscars of the Washington County Business Community" Wednesday evening.

They did so in front of a crowd of hundreds at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Hagerstown just hours after a minor roof fire there.

This prompted master of ceremonies Riford to joke, "the desert today is flamb."

Riford, president and chief executive officer of the CVB, said more than 470 people attended the 5th Annual Washington County Business Awards Banquet. He said it was the best attendance ever for an event linked to the two organizing bodies - The Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce and the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission.


Fred Teeter, president of the Chamber of Commerce, talked about the success of Wednesday's event.

"This is fantastic - This is unbelievable," Teeter said. "It's a wonderful opportunity for us and the community."

The focus of the evening was on Washington County businesses that have excelled over the last year.

Hundreds of nominees were whittled down to 21 companies recognized in seven categories for the event, Riford said.

They included:

- At Your Service Award, for customer loyalty and satisfaction - Yogi Bear's Jellystone Resort. The runners-up were Allstar Kicks Karate & Kickboxing Gym and Brook Lane Health Service.

- Entrepreneurial Award, for a company with fewer than 50 employees that increases employment or production or creates an innovative service - Glessner Alarm & Communication. The runners-up were Associated Engineering Sciences Inc., and Specialized Communications Inc.

- Going Global Award, for increasing the percentage of revenue from foreign sales - GST AutoLeather. The runners-up were Fil-Tec Inc., and Cosmic Pet Products Inc.

- Innovation Award, for technology that helps sales or production - Mountainside Teleport Corporation. The runners-up were Aviation Resources DE Inc., and Susquehanna BancShares.

- Made in Washington County Award, for producing or assembling in the county - Duvinage Corporation. The runners-up were Electromet Corporation and CertainTeed Corporation.

- Vision Award, for innovative design and use or re-use of property - BMGM Architects. The runners-up were Callas Contractors Inc. and HBP Inc.

- Work Force Development Award, for training or investment in the work force - Mack Trucks. The runners-up were Hagerstown Business College and Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

"I was really surprised," said Dave Moats, owner in principal of BMGM. "It was a wonderful evening. I'm just ecstatic about the whole thing."

Moats praised Callas Contractors and HBP, runners-up in the Vision Award category, as well as the other winners for their outstanding work and commitment to Washington County.

Capping the awards banquet was the Capital Steps, a professional troupe of current and former congressional staffers who poke fun at national and world leaders. The troupe's satirical jokes and songs lampooning the Clintons, President George W. Bush, Saddam Hussein and Al Gore, among others, sent many in the audience into fits of laughter.

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