Chamber Recognizes Thirty-Four

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce hosted their 16th annual Business and Community Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, October 24th at the Zeller Banquet Center in the Avanti’s Dome.  The Chamber’s Member Promotions Committee coordinated the luncheon, which was sponsored by Savant Capital Management, Pekin Insurance, Herget Bank, South Side Bank, Pekin Trophy House & Engraved Gifts, The Greenhouse Flower Shoppe, and Pekin Hospital.

Recognition was given to thirty-two area businesses and organizations in the following categories:  remodeling or expansion; “green” projects or programs; new ownership or management; new business or building; additional employees; major training effort; new technology investment or major equipment investment; other business improvements; and, community involvement.

Additionally, two businesses were recognized for 100 years of operations.

The speaker at the luncheon was Debbie Simon, President and CEO of UnityPoint Health Methodist.  She shared her thoughts on leading through change, lacing her comments with humor and motivational thoughts and quotes.

Chamber Board President Tom Hornstein closed the program by noting the great turnout of over 200 people representing 48 businesses and organizations.  He thanked the business community for their continued investment, even in an economy that is slow to recover.  He also encouraged the audience to get involved in the community.  

Two businesses were recognized for a century of operations in Pekin:

KMI / Kriegsman Warehouse
Pekin Hospital

Thirty-two businesses were recognized for their achievements in the past year:

Artistic Community Theatre
Avanti’s Dome Events & Sports Center of Pekin
BodyWealth Massage
Command Center Staffing
Enviro-Dry Clean Carpets
Enviro-Safe Refrigerants, Inc.
Excel Foundry & Machine, Inc.
Gold’s Gym Express, Pekin IL
Grace United Methodist Church
Heartland Chiropractic Center
Herget Bank
Illinois American Water Company
Institute of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Leman Property Management Company
Liberty Village of Pekin
Living Alternative Pregnancy Resource Center
McDaniels Marketing
Midland Davis Corporation
Pekin Community Bank
Pekin Insurance
Pekin Public Library
Pekin Paintball Park
Pekin-Peoria Yellow Checker Cab
Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory LLC
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Sound Choice Hearing Clinic
South Side Bank
Tazwood Center for Wellness
The Hope Chest of Pekin
Velde Lincoln Volvo of Peoria
WD Boyce Council Boy Scouts of America

Pictures of all the winners can be found at


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