Jim Tinkey, Chair of KEDCo’s Business Retention Committee noted that, “The selection process was difficult because of the high quality of individuals and companies considered. We simply don’t run out of great innovators and entrepreneurs in the County.”
The inductees into the Kosciusko County Entrepreneur and Innovation Hall of Fame for 2014 are: Paul, Steve and Bruce Grossnickle of Grossnickle Eye Center, Dr. Ron Manahan of Grace College, Gay and Dan Robinson of Robinson Construction, Bill Henthorn of Seymour/Midwest Rake, Reub, Chandler Williams and Family of Times-Union/Reub Williams and Sons and Rex, Brent and Josh Wildman of Wildman Business Group.
In the past three years, KEDCo has honored Revra Depuy, Justin Zimmer, Dane Miller, Tobias Buck, John Byrd and John Hand Sr., who, by creating companies like Depuy-Synthes, Zimmer, Biomet, Paragon and Othy/Symmetry, have made this the Orthopedic Capital of the World.
Our extremely productive, value-added agriculture production and equipment cluster was led by individuals such as Hobart and Russell Creighton, Donald Wetzel, Howard Brembeck, Kip Tom, Don Strauss and the Tom, Jack and John Anglin, by creating ongoing enterprises in the County: Creighton Brothers, Maple Leaf Farms, CTB Inc., Tom Farms, Midwest Poultry and Clunette Elevator.
But, entrepreneuership and innovation in this county also extends to the retail and service sectors, as well as a diverse manufacturing community.
Past winners include Adele De Berri of Da-Lite Screens, Jan and John Rinker of Rinker Boats, Wallace Stouder of Penguin Point, Ron Baumgartner of The Papers, Michael Kubacki and Doug Grant of Lake City Bank and Wallace, Connie, Richard and James Miller of Millers Health Systems.
“We are proud to present this year’s great entrepreneurs and companies for induction into the 4th annual Hall of Fame Class,” noted Tinkey.
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