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 http://picasaweb.google.com/PekinChamber