Seven local businesses, organizations and residents will be honored for their impact on the town by the Plainville Chamber of Commerce at its annual awards dinner in April.
“The chamber works diligently to try to recognize people. We have a great chamber and they try to recognize businesses … so they know we’re here to notice them and be appreciative of what they do to the community,” said Shirley Osle, the chamber’s associate director.
This year’s award dinner will be held on Tuesday, April 23, with awards being bestowed upon:
■Louriero Engineering for Business of the Year
■Community Food Pantry for Non Profit of the Year
■Andrea Wasley for Distinguished Woman in Business
■Town Manager Robert Lee for the Distinguished Community Leadership Award
■Manafort Family Business for 100 years in business
■CT/ABC for the Beautification Award
■Sal Mangiafico for the Local Honey Award
Louriero Engineering’s yearly charitable projects made it stand out for the chamber’s flagship award, Osle said. The company has a history of choosing a cause every year and having workers volunteer to help.
Last year the company paired with the Rotary Club to fix up Norton Park during May’s Day of Caring. Employees came by to help paint some buildings and trash barrels, construct a table for the concession stand and add sand to the sandbox.
“They do so much for Plainville and they don’t take credit for it,” said Lisa Hubina, the chamber’s membership director. She said the awards highlight the work that companies like Louriero do to improve the town. “It promotes positive attitudes and it celebrates all the good things they do in the community,” she said.
Ever since several members of the chamber attended the May open house for the opening of Plainville Funeral Home, Wasley said it’s been supportive of her business.
“I think it’s very nice that they recognize local businesses and business leaders and get the community together,” she said.
“She’s committed to making Plainville a better place to live,” Osle said, noting that she nominated Wasley for the award. “I felt that that perfectly fit the Distinguished Woman in Business.”
“It’s an honor … I know that I’m among many very successful and powerful women in Plainville,” Wasley said.
Osle, who’s also the assistant town manager, said Lee was also overdue for acknowledgement.
“Robert has spearheaded a lot of projects that have resulted in a lot of cost savings for the town and taxpayers,” she said. She noted that he’s consolidated multiple municipal departments, contributed to the purchase of Robertson Airport and saw the town’s Standard and Poor’s bond rating increase.
“He’s very committed to this town and has done an outstanding job,” she said. “He truly goes above and beyond his job … he gives it more than 100 percent.”
Lisa Hubina, the chamber’s membership director, said the Local Honey Award is a new creation added to recognize Mangiafico’s generosity and the enthusiasm with which he does whatever is asked of him.
“He calls himself a local honey because he will do anything and everything you ask him to do,” she said. “Anything you need him to do he’s right there.”
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