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Honoring enterprise

Tory Leather Co. owner Ron Cimini refused to take the credit for the growth and success of his business at the annual Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce awards banquet Tuesday at the Genetti Hotel.

“It wouldn’t be possible without the staff we have,” Cimini said upon receiving the Phillips/Plankenhorn Small Business Award.

Cimini’s business perhaps epitomizes what many companies are all about – one that that grows with long-standing employees.

A short video presentation of Tory Leather noted the business’s humble origins 40 years ago to its present status as a manufacturer of equestrian products with a worldwide market presence.

Other businesses recognized were The Graphic Hive, recipient of the Emerging Business Award, and Williamsport’s Wirerope Works Inc., which received the Large Business Award.

Tim Keohane, director of the Lock Haven University Small Business Development Center, noted the Graphic Hive, 140 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, started out doing graphic and web design and freelance consulting before adding an art gallery to its business enterprises.

“They’re thriving because of an unrelenting dedication to graphic design and their unquenchable admiration for art,” he said. “They also are willing to take on additional risk for the opportunity for even greater reward.”

The origins of Wire Rope can be traced to 1886, when the Morrison Patent Wire Rope Co. formed, noted Ron Frick, vice president of middle market and health care banking, M&T Bank.

Throughout the next 100 years, the company, which employs 350 people, produced wire rope for mining, land and off-shore drill rigs, elevators, cranes, bridges and sports stadiums for global markets.

Frick noted also the company’s many community activities.

In accepting the award on behalf of the company, Lamar Richards, director of engineering, said the award was a testimony to “our hard work, dedication, resilience and pride of our people.”

Andree Phillips was presented with the President’s Award given to a volunteer who has provided long-term service to the chamber of commerce.

Chamber President Vincent J. Matteo said Phillips is a member of the organization’s executive committee and board of directors and is best known for her efforts on behalf of the education committee.

Matteo gave special recognition to Rick Dill, the chamber’s outgoing chairman, and Larry Allison, chairman of the Industrial Properties Corp.

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