A year ago, residents of Cuming County were asked to vote for Business of the Year and current Economic Development Executive Director Garry Clark said 13 people voted.
As he introduced the winners in two separate categories of Business of the Year at Sunday’s annual banquet, Clark said an overwhelming number of votes this year surpassed the 1,000-vote plateau.
“Our theme is ‘Piece of the puzzle.’ I feel a collaboration across the county is important for economic development, and I truly believe everyone is on the same page,” said Clark.
Among the highlights of an evening filled with awards, were the Business of the Year recognitions, this coming in large business and small business categories.
First to be recognized was the small business recipient, that being Rief Design and Manufacturing of Bancroft.
Rief Design’s mission is to design and manufacture new innovations in equipment proven to work more efficiently and cost-effectively than conventional equipment. A unique line of equipment includes rubber edged scrapers, automatic drive over gates, and a combination manure spreader/side unloader.
Rief Design has been operating since 2006. Steve Rief and his son Adam are the chief owners of the operation.
In the larger business category, Pizza Ranch of West Point was honored as Business of the Year.
For over 15 years, Harlyn and Terri VanderGriend have been impacting lives in the community of West Point with the legendary food, service and community involvement of Pizza Ranch.
The business has expanded much in the past seven years, offering several meeting rooms for the area. It is a great place to work and a second family to many of its employees.
Both business winners were recognized for their community involvement, something state senator Lydia Brasch touched on in her brief talk on economic development Sunday.
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