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.