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Brunner named ‘Business of the Year’ in Orleans County

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 August 2014 at 12:00 am

File photo by Tom Rivers – Brunner International is working on a 48,000-square-foot addition to its complex at the corner of Route 31 and Bates Road in Medina.

MEDINA – A company that is investing $15 million on an expansion in Medina and adding 35 employees has been named “Business of the Year” by the Orleans County Chamber of Commerce.

Brunner International is working to have the expansion ready by Jan. 1 at the corner of Route 31 and Bates Road. The 48,000-square-foot expansion will create 35 new positions and also retain 363 local jobs.

Brunner is based in Canada. The company is expanding the production of machined axle forgings that are sold to large, heavy-duty truck and trailer suppliers. It will utilize automation and add jobs as part of the expansion.

Brunner will be recognized during a Sept. 20 awards banquet at Tillman’s Historic Village Inn in Childs.

Other award winners, announced today by the Chamber, include:

New Business of the Year: BAD-AsH-BBQ

Entrepreneurial Excellence: Precision Packaging Products, Inc.

Phoenix Award: Fair Haven Treasures

Community Service: Anni Skowneski and Kenneth DeRoller

Lifetime Achievement: Bruce Krenning and Marcia Tuohey

Agricultural Business of the Year: Lake Ontario Fruit.

For more information about the awards banquet, call the Chamber at 589-7727.