Archive for Tuesday, July 2, 2002

Business’ awards are well-deserved

July 2, 2002

Last week, Leavenworth Area Development hosted a luncheon during which numerous businesses in the county received recognition.

The achievements of a wide variety of firms were noted.

Some businesses owners such as Finney Robbins of Tonganoxie were honored for expanding their operations. In addition to Midwest Carpet, Robbins has made it possible for Tonganoxie to have another chiropractic clinic, as well as a health center, all in one building. A physical therapist also is housed in the structure, which is the former site of the bowling alley.

Another Tonganoxie business B&J County Market was applauded for its recent expansion. The larger local grocery store, owned by Jim Gambrill, now features a new pharmacy, along with additional room for its deli and other traditional food items.

Two banks First State Bank and Trust, along with Community National Bank also received recognition. Community National, which has a Tonganoxie branch, was honored because of its very recent expansion into Basehor.

First State was recognized not because it has expanded, although it recently opened a branch in Lawrence. Instead, the bank's community service was the reason. As Dr. Rob Schuck, Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce president, said, "They give and give and give."

And so it is with good businesses. They expand their existing buildings. They open new offices. They diversify their holdings. And they believe in community service.

Tonganoxie is fortunate to have these four businesses, and many others. Not only do businesses provide needed goods and services, they also employ area residents. They pay more in property taxes than homeowners. And, it is hoped, they believe in volunteerism, which is the bedrock to making good things happen in this city and county.

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