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Thursday, June 07, 2007

Thirty-seven north central Kansas businesses were recognized today for their contributions to their communities and the state economy at the Kansas Department of Commerce’s annual Kansas Business Appreciation Month (BAM) North Central Regional Awards ceremony in Concordia.

“We are thrilled to visit Concordia and recognize the north central Kansas businesses that make this state strong,” said Commerce Secretary David Kerr. “By designating June as Business Appreciation Month, we foster a year-long appreciation for the crucial role our Kansas businesses play in the state’s prosperity and quality of life.”

Today’s event in Concordia is the third of seven regional events to be held throughout June. At each ceremony, one company in each of three categories (Manufacturing/Distribution, Service and Retail) is awarded a Business Excellence Award, with remaining companies given either a Business Achievement Award or a Merit Award.

This year, 270 companies were nominated for BAM Awards. A panel of judges from the business community selected one Business Excellence Award winner and recognized Business Achievement and Merit winners in each category for all seven regions of the state. The judges then selected five finalists for the Governor’s Award of Excellence, the top award given to a business by the State, which will be presented at the Kansas Cavalry Encampment in Junction City on June 27.

For photos of area business owners present at today’s event, visit the Business Appreciation Month online media center at or contact Joe Monaco at

This year’s north central Business Excellence Awards go to:

- Landoll Corporation, Marysville (also a Governor’s Award of Excellence Finalist)
- Purple Wave Auction, Manhattan
- Sunflower Bank, Salina

This year’s north central Business Achievement Awards go to:

- Bradford Built, Inc., Washington
- Salina Vortex Corporation, Salina
- Farrar Corporation, Manhattan
- KNCK, Inc. (dba KNCK/Kiss FM), Concordia
- Mid West eServices, Inc., Salina
- Ray’s Apple Market, Manhattan

The following companies received Merit Awards:

Manufacturing/ Distribution:
- A&E International, Alta Vista
- Bayer Stone, St. Marys
- Grain Belt Supply Company, Inc., Salina
- Intertech Industries, LLC, Clay Center
- Lambriar Animal Health Care, LLC, Mahaska
- Maico Industries, Ellsworth
- US Stone Industries, LLC, Herington
- Winkel Manufacturing Company, Glen Elder
- American Building Systems, Junction City
- Budreau Muffler Automotive and Tow, Inc., Concordia
- Clay County Medical Center, Clay Center
- G&A Real Estate, Inc., Manhattan
- Helstab Appliance Service, Junction City
- Hi-Tech Interiors, Inc., Manhattan
- Wakefield Farmers Coop, Wakefield
- Waste Management of Kansas/Manhattan, Manhattan
- Alma Bakery and Sweet Shoppe, Alma
- Blue Rapids Mercantile, LLC, Blue Rapids
- Bobby D’s Merchant Street BBQ, Emporia
- Eastside and Westside Markets, Manhattan
- Gatherings on the Prairie, Junction City
- Hibachi Hut and Texas Star Café, Manhattan
- LeGrand’s Market/Cornerstone Café, Alma
- Longford Water Company, Longford
- Riggin’s Market and Deli, Harveyville
- Sisters and Company, Paxico
- Stockgrowers State Bank, Paxico
- Strong City Grocery, Strong City