The Fulton County Economic Development Corporation (FCEDC) awarded an Archbold company Business of the Year during its third annual meeting and awards banquet April 27 at Founders Hall at Sauder Village.
The FCEDC, a non-profit membership-driven organization based in Wauseon, shared with the crowd of 250 people that 2016 was an exceptional year for economic growth in Fulton County. The FCEDC was involved in seven development projects that created more than $130 million in new investment. The companies that committed to the new investment plan to hire more than 181 new employees at their places of business.
“While we are proud of the accomplishments of the organization in 2016, 2017 is shaping up to be as fruitful as the last year,” FCEDC Executive Director Matt Gilroy said.
ConAgra Foods in Archbold received the FCEDC Business of the Year Award for launching an investment at its Archbold plant known to employees as “Project Bluestreak.”
Other businesses and individuals honored include:
• Wauseon Ace Hardware, Excellence in Retail Award
• Wauseon Machine and Manufacturing, Excellence in Industry award
• Tim and Suzanne Dennis, of Dennis Apartments, Community Leadership
• Julia Garcia, inaugural Volunteer of the Year Award
• Dr. Robert Bay, the Robert Fulton Award, posthumously. The award is presented to an individual chosen by the FCEDC Executive Committee who is considered a community leader and has had a positive impact on economic growth in and around Fulton County.
The keynote speaker for the annual event was Judge Jeff Robinson, Fulton County Court of Common Pleas, who spoke about Fulton County Drug Court which began in January. Judge Robinson said drug court takes a public health approach in dealing with addicted offenders that are considered eligible for the program.
He said the court also takes a collaborative approach with the judiciary, probation, law enforcement, mental health, social service, and treatment communities in an effort to place addicted offenders into long-term recovery.