Dearborn Chamber Awards New, Old Businesses
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Awards were handed out at Thursday evening’s Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner.
The gala was held at Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg. Chamber Board of Directors Chairperson Kathy Patterson presented awards for four companies which have either moved to the county or existing local businesses which have grown.
Intrapac Group in Lawrenceburg and Fortis Security in Greendale were each presented the Chairman’s Award for Significant Capital Investment in Dearborn County.
Fortis relocated to Greendale from northern Kentucky in 2011.
“We’ve really enjoyed being a part of the community,” said Kirk Williams, co-founder of Fortis Security, in accepting the award. “This was really a group effort with Dearborn County, Greendale, Lawrenceburg, and a lot of thanks to Maxwell Construction. They held our hand through this whole effort from the design phase to getting into the new building.”
Two awards for Significant Capital Re-Investment in Dearborn County went to Zimmer Tractor and Bed Techs. Zimmer Tractor recently opened new stores in Aurora and Lawrenceburg.
“I’d encourage you all to dream a dream. Plan for it. Take a look at the business landscape around you and see what’s available here,” said Daryl Zimmer. “We have a tremendous opportunity here.”
Bed Techs has moved into a new manufacturing facility in Greendale.
“If there is one thing we know about Dearborn County it is that it is a great place to do business and we look forward to growing here,” said Bed Techs CFO Drew Jandes.
Mark Banschbach of Top Quality Building Products was presented the AIM Young Professionals Award for his support of that organization. Banschbach has served as a judge each of the two years AIM YP has orchestrated its Maverick Challenge business planning competition for county high school students.
“(AIM YP) are truly a very professional and intelligent group of people that enjoy themselves as a group that percvieve problems and issues that they can help in our community,” Banschbach said in accepting the award.
“If any companies here tonight have young employees I would suggest they recommend they become active in the young professionals,” he added.
Following the awards presentations, Jack Hess with the Institute for Coalition Building spoke to the crowd of business and community leaders about how to improve economic development through attracting and retaining an educated workforce.