Chamber presents its annual awards

DG staff reports

January 31, 2014

The Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce presented a number of awards Thursday night during its annual dinner and auction.

The Large Business of the Year Award went to Luvata Ohio. The Small Business of the Year Award went to Preferred Wireless.

Alpha Group received the Quality of Life Award.

Del-Co-Water received the Innovation in Business Award.

Cheshire Crossing Animal Hospital was named the Corporate Citizen of the Year.

Donna Meyer was named the Citizen of the Year.

Also honored were Outstanding Chamber Members of the Year: Blue & Co., First Citizens National Bank and Dusty Hostutler of Edward Jones.

The Wayne Hilborn Lifetime Achievement Award went to Berni Dodeci for her 40-plus years of volunteer service in Cleveland, Wooster and her adopted home of Delaware.

Luvata Ohio in Delaware manufactures resistance welding electrodes, welding accessories and other similar copper formed products.

“From its founding in 1936 as The Nippert Company, the performance and reputation of Luvata electrodes and welding accessories continues to grow as one of the most respected manufacturers in the industry. Luvata’s strategy is simple – it’s to be the partner of choice for its customers, the employer of choice for its staff, and to be a responsible member of society and the planet in doing so,” the chamber said.

Luvata Ohio currently employs almost 100 employees, who combine to have an average of 15-years of service with the company.

County residents Bill Cashman and Bill Kilgore founded Preferred Wireless in 2006. They now own and operate 22 Preferred Wireless locations, four of which are located in Delaware County. All four stores offer a full line of Sprint wireless products and services, and provide the county’s only outlet for service and repair.

Since 2003, Preferred Wireless has been a supporter of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, participating in numerous sponsorships and events including annual dinner table decorating and golf outing sponsorship and referral of new chamber members throughout the years.

Cashman and Kilgore support organizations such as The Alpha Group, The Delaware County Fair, United Way of Delaware County, Andrew’s House, Delaware county school districts, Putt for Hope, CASA. Optimist Club Sports, and Family Promise. “Because of their strong Delaware County roots, they believe in hiring locally, and are frequent customers of fellow Delaware county businesses,” the chamber said.

The Alpha Group of Delaware is a not-for profit organization that has provided gainful employment and quality rehabilitation and adult day support services to individuals with disabilities in the Delaware and surrounding counties in Ohio since 1970.

The Del-Co Water Company, Inc. is a rural water utility operating in Northern Central Ohio since 1974. As the largest rural water utility in Ohio, Del-Co serves nearly 44,000 customers over a 750 square mile service area, and provides innovation in all areas of service delivery, including 100% outdoor automatic-meter-reading water meters which provide the ability to read all 44,000 meters monthly thru drive-by antennae.

Cheshire Crossing Animal Hospital opened its doors in Delaware County in June of 2007. The mission of the hospital is to provide the community with exceptional progressive veterinary care and outstanding client service.

Donna Meyer is employed by the Council for Older Adults and serves as the Council’s Community Relations Coordinator. “In addition to her many years of professional success in marketing, Donna works diligently within the community outside the scope of her job,” the chamber said.