Seven in­ducted into busi­ness hall of fame

ODEC named 2016 busi­ness of the year



— Seven lo­cal busi­nesses were in­ducted into the Ce­cil County Busi­ness Hall of Fame dur­ing the an­nual gala on Fri­day night.

The gale, now in its se­cond year, was held at The Well­wood and hosted by the Ce­cil County Of­fice of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment and the Ce­cil County


Cham­ber of Com­merce.

This year’s Ce­cil County Hall of Fame Class of 2016 in­cludes: City Phar­macy of Elk­ton, Free­dom Hills Ther­a­peu­tic Rid­ing Pro­gram, Galvinell Meat Co., Old Do­min­ion Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive, Or­bital ATK, Patriots Glen Na­tional Golf Club and W.L. Gore & As­so­ciates.

Old Do­min­ion Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive also re­ceived the 2016 Ce­cil County Busi­ness of the Year award while Mil­burn Or­chards re­ceived the new I Love Ce­cil award, which rec­og­nizes the busi­ness that best pro­motes the pos­i­tive im­age “I Love Ce­cil” cam­paign that the cham­ber launched ear­lier this year.

“The Cham­ber of Com­merce is pleased to part­ner with the Of­fice of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment again this year to rec­og­nize and cel­e­brate all the busi­nesses in Ce­cil County,” said Bon­nie Grady, pres­i­dent of the cham­ber. “The seven busi­nesses be­ing in­ducted into the class of 2016 will for­ever be known as the best of the best and from those busi­nesses, Old Do­min­ion Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive has risen as the shini­est

of stars by be­ing named Ce­cil County Busi­ness of the Year for 2016. The stars came out tonight and Old Do­min­ion Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive shined the bright­est of all.”

Nom­i­na­tions were made in seven cat­e­gories: agribusi­ness, hos­pi­tal­ity/tourism, man­u­fac­tur­ing/dis­tri­bu­tion, non­profit, re­tail busi­ness, re­search and de­vel­op­ment, and ser­vice.

Af­ter a so­cial hour, din­ner and sev­eral speeches, the win­ners were an­nounced and pre­sented with their awards. West Not­ting­ham Academy stu­dents were also on hand to act as pa­parazzi.

Brian Hein­baugh, plant man­ager of ODEC, said “sur­prise” is the first word that comes to mind when he thinks about his com­pany’s win.

“But it was ex­cit­ing be­cause of all the ef­fort the staff has put in,” he added.

Hein­baugh noted that em­ploy­ees have par­tic­i­pated in many events to give back to the com­mu­nity and show their sup­port. For ex­am­ple,

af­ter a tree fell down at the Plump­ton Park Zoo, sev­eral em­ploy­ees vol­un­teered to help clean up. Em­ploy­ees have also vol­un­teered at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Ce­cil County, among other vol­un­teer ef­forts, he said.

For Mil­burn Or­chards though, the gala stage was fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory as the com­pany re­ceived the busi­ness of the year award last year and found it­self hon­ored again this year with the I Love Ce­cil award.

“It’s just re­ally cool to be rec­og­nized for some­thing we’re sup­port­ing and we’re re­cip­ro­cat­ing the sup­port we got,” said Melinda Mil­burn Palmeri, one of the or­chard’s own­ers.

Palmeri at­tributes the suc­cess of the or­chard, which has been in the county for 114 years, to the sup­port of the com­mu­nity.

Palmeri said it was a good feel­ing to give the busi­ness of the year award to ODEC and see the com­pany have the same feel­ing of sur­prise Mil­burn Or­chards had last year.

Jay Mil­burn added they passed the torch to ODEC with the award.

“It’s their turn to be in the spot­light,” he said.


The Ce­cil County Busi­ness Hall of Fame Class of 2016 in­ductees take the stage along with Jack Ruddy and Bon­nie Grady, both with the Ce­cil County Cham­ber of Com­merce.

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