State recognizes Grant County businesses for operating 50, 100 years

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Monday, August 3, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 3, 2020) — Several Grant County businesses recently received the Governor’s Half Century or Century Business awards recognizing their longstanding service in the community, according to area lawmakers.

"These companies and their employees are critical to our community as they serve Hoosiers at some of the most important points in their life," said State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero). "From providing financial guidance to comforting families as they say goodbye to a loved one, these businesses have stood the test of time and it is a tremendous honor to have them call Grant County home."

According to Cook, these Grant County businesses were recognized for remaining in continuous operation in Indiana for at least 50 or 100 consecutive years and demonstrating a commitment to serving the community:

  • Afena Federal Credit Union, operating for 63 years, received the Governor’s Half Century Business Award;
  • Indiana Wesleyan University, operating for 101 years, received the Governor’s Century Business Award;
  • Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, operating for 128 years, received the Governor’s Century Business Award; and
  • United Way of Grant County, operating for 91 years, received the Governor’s Half Century Business Award.

State Rep. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) said the 76 Indiana companies and organizations honored with the Governor’s Century or Half Century Business awards will be invited to participate in the 2021 ceremony, with this year's spring ceremony canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

"Each of these job providers contribute greatly to the success of our communities," Karickhoff said. "Having a top-notch university and the United Way right in our backyard adds to our quality of life. Many of our families have turned to the Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Home in time of need, and those at the credit union know many of their patrons by name. Nothing beats small-town service, and when it comes from a business that has been in operation for more than 50 years, you know they are doing something right."   

More than 1,560 Hoosier businesses have been recognized during award's 29-year history, according to State Rep. Ann Vermilion (R-Marion).

"Our local businesses should be proud of their hard work and persistence to achieve this goal," Vermilion said. "Remaining in operation for all these years is no easy task, and Grant County is thankful for these employers' continued commitment to our community."

For more information, visit iedc.in.gov.

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State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) represents House District 32, which includes all of Tipton County and portions of

Hamilton, Madison, Delaware, Howard and Grant counties.

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State Rep. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) represents House District 30,
which includes portions of Grant and Howard counties. 

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State Rep. Ann Vermilion (R-Marion) represents House District 31,

which includes all of Blackford County and portions of Delaware, Grant and Wells counties.

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