Archive for Tuesday, July 3, 2001

Firms cited for economic development

Basehor resident receives honor for her efforts

July 3, 2001

Several Tonganoxie area businesses earned awards last week during the 2001 Leavenworth Area Business and Industry Recognition and Awards Program.

And a longtime Basehor Chamber of Commerce volunteer was named economic development volunteer of the year at a luncheon that also celebrated the 20th anniversary of the founding of Leavenworth Area Development.

Peruvian Connection earned an award from the Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce. And S and S Alloy Steel and Right Choice Pharmacy, both of which have moved into Urban Hess Business Center, received awards from Leavenworth Area Development, a group that promotes economic development.

Basehor resident Susan Guy, who helped launch her city's chamber of commerce in 1984, earned the volunteer of the year award during ceremonies last Thursday at the Leavenworth Country Club.

"I really didn't think I would ever get anything like that, when you consider the company I'm with," said Guy, who with her husband, Norman "Jack" Guy, moved to Basehor in 1980 from Kansas City, Kan.

Previous winners of the volunteer award are Bill Geiger, 2000; Francis Thorne, 1999; Bill New, 1998; John Orndorff, 1997; and Terry Andrews, 1996. Harley Russell was recognized in 1990 as the state's top economic development volunteer.

Guy, who's worked on behalf of the city in many volunteer capacities, said her motivation is simple.

"I just enjoy it," she said.

Gary Carlson, Leavenworth Area Development's executive director, said the award recognizes Guy's longtime commitment to economic development in Leavenworth County.

"Without this person, Basehor would be a far less prosperous place to live or work," he said. "Without this person a number of existing businesses in Basehor would not be as successful. Without this person's contribution and her organizing others, Basehor would not have been recognized as the best community for its size by the Kansas PRIDE Program year after year."

Before presenting an award to Peruvian Connection, Bill Grant, president of the Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce, traced the 25-year history the company. A mother-daughter team, Biddy and Annie Hurlbut founded the company, based just west of Tonganoxie.

"Today Peruvian Connection is primarily a retail mail-order business that distributes Peruvian and Bolivian knitwear and other accessories on an international basis, with approximately $30 million in annual sales," Grant said. "They also have four retail stores in the U.S. as well as operations in England. The company currently has approximately 175 employees, many of them from the Tonganoxie area."

Grant also praised the company for donating $25,000 to the city's tree board to help finance efforts to replant trees damaged or destroyed in the May 2000 tornado.

Other award recipients are:

Basehor Community Library and Wilderson Tree Farm, honored by the Basehor Chamber of Commerce.

High Noon Saloon, McDonald's Restaurant, Overlook Restaurant, Randall's Restaurant, Ten Penny Restaurant, Dillon's food store, J&P Price Saver, Homestead Greenhouse and Leavenworth-Lansing Nursery, honored by the Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce.

Corrections Corporation of America, Leavenworth; Alex R. Masson, Linwood; and Veteran's Administration Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy, Leavenworth, honored by Leavenworth Area

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