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Franklin Co. ADC honors businesses, former commissioner

Whitetail, Target distribution center and G. Warren Elliott praised

September 09, 2010|By DANA BROWN
  • Winners of the Franklin County Area Development Corporation's Business of the Year awards are Don MacAskill, left, president of Whitetail Resort and Erick Wickson, right, general manager of Target Regional Distribution Center.
Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Two Franklin County businesses and a former county commissioner received special honors Thursday at the Franklin County Area Development Corp. (FCADC) 24th annual Industry Appreciation Dinner at Green Grove Gardens in Greencastle.

Whitetail Resort of Mercersburg, Pa., was named Small Business of the Year, which honors businesses that employ less than 100 people; and Target Regional Distribution Center of Marion, Pa., was named Large Business of the Year, which honors businesses with more than 100 employees.

The businesses were chosen based on their economic, civic and cultural contributions to the well-being of Franklin County.

Former Franklin County Commissioner G. Warren Elliott received the Zane A. Miller Award for making uniquely outstanding contributions to economic development in Franklin County.

Many companies have taken home the coveted business of the year awards since the FCADC bestowed the first in 2000. The first individual award was bestowed on Miller in 1993 and named in his honor.

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Bob Thomas, Franklin County commissioner, was on hand to present this year's award to Elliott.

"He puts a new meaning to leadership," Thomas said. "There's no one I know who is more deserving."

Elliott expressed his appreciation for the recognition but gave credit to others.

"If we did some good things, it was because of the teamwork," he said.

L. Michael Ross, president of FCADC, and his staff provided about 450 friends of the FCADC with an evening of networking, entertainment, door prizes and catered food, with the highlight being the awards.

The FCADC began in 1960 and encourages existing businesses while also attracting and welcoming new entrepreneurs to the area.

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