Smaltz: Local businesses recognized for longevity

Smaltz: Local businesses recognized for longevity

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Thursday, April 12, 2018

STATEHOUSE (April 12, 2018) — Local businesses on Wednesday at the Statehouse received the Governor’s Century and Half Century Business Awards for their contributions to the community, according to State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn).

 “Local businesses bolster our state’s economy in many ways, especially those able to sustain success,” Smaltz said. “Employers like KPC Media, Custer Grain Company and Mold Service Inc. provide valuable resources to our community. Remaining in operation for more than 50 years is an impressive feat, 100 years even more so, and our community is fortunate to be home to these businesses.” 

 Smaltz said KPC Media, in business for 115 years, plays an integral role in each of the communities it serves in northeast Indiana. Locally, their print publications include The Star, The Herald-Republican, The Garrett Clipper, The Butler Bulletin, Northwest News, The Smart Shopper, KPC phone books and others in surrounding counties.

Custer Grain Company, a third-generation family-owned and operated grain elevator, opened its doors in 1967. Over the course of 51 years, it’s grown from 80,000 to a 3.05-million bushel capacity and offers CSX rail shipping throughout the eastern seaboard.

 Mold Service Inc., in operation since 1961, supports local business demands and helps area farmers with replacement and repair needs. Originally, the company refurbished molds for the aluminum foundry industry and now makes specialty machines while also offering cylinder fabrication, new engineering, precision surface grinding, short-run CNC, existing parts repair and more.

 All three businesses were recognized for their longevity and sustained community investment.

 “Our family has operated a small business for 41 years, and I understand the day-to-day challenges and hard work it takes to keep a business running,” Smaltz said. “I congratulate each of the award recipients for their achievements and dedication to our local communities.”

The Governor’s Century and Half Century Business Awards honor Hoosier businesses that have remained in operation for a minimum of 100 or 50 consecutive years and have demonstrated a commitment to community service. Visit www.iedc.in.gov to learn more.

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State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) represents all of DeKalb County, and

portions of Steuben and Allen counties.

A high-resolution photo of Smaltz can be downloaded by clicking here.

 PHOTO CAPTION (Above): Gov. Eric Holcomb (left) and Indiana Economic Development President Elaine Beddel (far right) join Mold Service Inc. representatives (from left) Illa and Walter Prosser after the governor presented the pair with a Half Century Business Award on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Mold Service Inc. has operated in DeKalb county since 1961, supports local business demands and helps area farmers with replacement and repair needs.

 PHOTO CAPTION (Below) : Gov. Eric Holcomb (left) and Indiana Economic Development President Elaine Beddel (right) join KPC Media Group board member George B. Witwer after the governor presented him with a Century Business Award on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. KPC Media Group provides news via several print publications to local communities.