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Businesses reap rewards

Seven honored at annual banquet

Seven honored at annual banquet

February 23, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

karenh@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - Companies large and small vied for top honors Wednesday in seven categories at the Washington County Business Awards Banquet.

"We believe that Washington County is a great place to live, to work and to play," John F. Barr, chairman of Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission, said before the ceremony.

For Jamison Door Co., which produces custom doors, employing county workers has been a tradition for 100 years, chairman and CEO John Williams said.

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"It's a good culture with a good work ethic. There's a lot of stability built in with the 100-year tradition, and the people who work there have a lot of pride in what they do," Williams said.

The Made in Washington County Award winner, Jamison Door Co. employs about 150 people, Williams said.

For Michelle's Restaurant owner Michelle Dietrich, the burger's the draw.

"I think it's the best burger in town," Dietrich said.

The owner of the new downtown Hagerstown eatery, which opened June 6, Dietrich received the Entrepreneurial Award.

Part-owner of a Frederick, Md., restaurant in 1996, Dietrich said she has found owning a restaurant on her own both rewarding and stressful. She said she finds the biggest reward in working with her employees.

"Everyone's working together for the same cause - good service and good food," she said.

Hagerstown Suns General Manager Kurt Landes said he was surprised by the announcement his organization had won the At Your Service Award for bringing positive recognition to the county.

"I think it's a great honor. We do a lot of good things, but it's nice to be recognized for those," Landes said.

Seven companies took home honors Wednesday during the Washington County Business Awards Banquet. They are:

At Your Service Award: Hagerstown Suns

Entrepreneurial Award: Michelle's Restaurant

Innovation Award: FedEx Ground

Made in Washington County Award: Jamison Door Co.

Technology Award: Volvo Powertrain North America

Vision Award: Bushey Feight Morin Architects Inc.

Work Force Development Award: Horizon Goodwill Industries

By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

Businesses were honored Wednesday evening at Washington County Business Awards Banquet at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center Antietam Creek. Pictured are, from front left: Kurt Landes, Michelle Dietrich and David Galford; back row, from left: Sten-Ake Aronsson, Craig MacLean, John Williams, Norman Morin and Brent Feight.

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