Chamber announces award winners, including WNY Energy as Business of the Year

File photo by Tom Rivers: Tim Winters is president and chief executive officer of Western New York Energy in Medina.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 September 2019 at 1:54 pm

MEDINA – The Orleans County Chamber of Commerce has announced its 21stannual award winners, with Western New York Energy named the Business of the Year.

WNY Energy has operated an ethanol plant in Medina for 12 years. The company has about 50 employees and provides a big market for purchasing local corn. The company buys about 20 million bushels of corn annually to make about 60 million gallons of ethanol.

WNY Energy and the award winners will be recognized during a dinner on Oct. 17 at White Birch Country Club in Lyndonville.

The award winners include:

• Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Dan Schiavone, a Holley dentist who has been active in the community, including as chairman of the Holley Local Development Corporation which has helped redevelop some distressed properties in Holley.

• New Business of the Year: Milk and Honey in Albion

• Small Business of the Year: Albion Ace Hardware

• Agricultural Business of the Year: H.H. Dobbins in Lyndonville

• Phoenix Award: Zambito Realtors in Medina

• Business Person of the Year: Greg Reed, executive director of the Orleans County YMCA

• Community Service Award: Jack Burris who his leadership with the Hands for Hope ministry

• Hidden Gem: Cabaret at Studio B in Albion

• Employer of the Year (presented by the Orleans County Job Development Agency): Takeform

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