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CANTON, OHIO (March 29, 2012) – The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced the 2012 winners of the Business Excellence Awards of Greater Canton. This year’s Business Excellence Award winners include Emergency Medicine Physicians, Gregory Industries, Miracle Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Company and Tower Industries. In addition, Biery Cheese has been named Business of the Year. The awards recognize exceptional Stark County businesses for excellence and outstanding achievement during 2011. All four Business Excellence Award winners and the Business of the Year recipient will be honored during the gala awards dinner on Tuesday, April 24, at The University Center at Kent State University at Stark, 6000 Frank Ave. NW, North Canton. Tickets are $48. Visit CantonChamber.org or contact Monique Thompson Kennedy at (330) 458-2070 to register. Registrations must be made by April 18. The Business Excellence Awards committee, chaired by Ronald Manse CPA, tax partner, Bruner-Cox LLP, selected this year’s winners. Selections were made on the basis of business and employment growth, expansion of operations/efficiencies, consistent outstanding customer service, investments in capital improvements, innovation/expansion of product line(s), responsiveness to business and industry challenges and adversity, and consistent community involvement. NEW this year will be the presentation of the first annual Business Excellence Scholarship Award, presented by Day Ketterer and the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. The scholarship will be awarded to the local college student who writes the winning essay entitled: “The Impact of Business and Free Enterprise on the Historic Development and the Continuing Success of the United States as a Global Leader.” For more information, contact Jennifer Novotny at (330) 458-2034. The Business Excellence Awards of Greater Canton are made possible by our sponsors: Bruner-Cox LLP, Day Ketterer, Attorneys at Law, Farmers National Bank, The Repository and Stark State College.

About the 2012 Business Excellence Award Winners

Established in 1992, Emergency Medicine Physicians is one of the leading providers of emergency medical services in the nation. EMP was founded by three emergency medicine physicians, Dr. Dominic J. Bagnoli, Jr., Dr. David C. Packo and Dr. William B. White, who had a vision for creating a better way to deliver emergency medicine care. Their dream: provide the best in emergency care for patients while creating an environment where physicians can excel on the job, and live the life they’ve always wanted. The group has achieved this vision by focusing on core values that create a culture where patients, physicians and hospital partners thrive. The privately owned and managed group has grown to over 700 emergency medicine physicians, treating nearly 3 million emergency medicine patients each year in over 60 locations – and they’re still growing. In 1995, the founders formed EMP Management Group, Ltd. the core entity overseeing the business interests and executive management for the entire organization, designed to provide physician management services to the hospital partnerships they had formed. In the ensuing six years, additional hospitals and groups partnered with EMP and more supporting companies were developed, including Medical Billing and Financial Services, Commonwealth Management, Ltd., a real estate company, and Center for Emergency Medicine Education, the educational arm of EMP. They also formed EMP Holdings Ltd. in 2001 to support the medical groups which are collectively poised to see over 3 million patients in 2012. In addition to the core companies, EMP holds controlling interest in several other emergency medicine related businesses developed to help their medical groups meet their strategic goals. Gregory Industries has a proud legacy of metals expertise. Beginning with their earliest roots in Brooklyn, New York, the Thomas Gregory Galvanizing Works was established in 1896. Built on the core values of quality products and business integrity, the firm thrived with expansion into new facilities in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. T. Raymond Gregory founded the present day firm in 1957. With pioneering efforts in large-capacity kettles and the later combinations of roll-forming and continuous galvanizing, Gregory Industries grew in success and reputation by supplying exceptional-quality galvanized steel to numerous industries. Today, Gregory Industries is regarded as a leader in proprietary manufactured products, continuous galvanized coatings and metalworking services. Traditions of quality, service and excellence remain commitments to their customers, alongside fresh approaches to innovation and competitive value. The long-time Stark County business’s 13th Street Plant has grown from a handful of employees in 1985 to over 120 employees today. In the past ten years, the company has dramatically increased sales and market share across four product divisions, and has recently added a new product division for batch-dip galvanizing located at their 15th Street Plant. The company has always been an innovator, from perfecting the process for continuous galvanization of highway guardrails, to robotic operations, and this state-of-the-art mini batch-dip galvanizing operation. This growth has been fueled and supported by $20 million in capital investment over the same period. In addition to new operation, Gregory Industries also added a new roll forming mill, greatly increasing capacity in the Strut Products division. For 85 years and three generations of family ownership, Miracle Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Company has earned the reputation as “the best in the business.” Miracle serves Stark and the surrounding counties, including expansions into Akron, Cleveland and Youngstown, on the principles of honesty, integrity and professionalism. Their family of services has grown from plumbing and heating in the 1920s, to now encompass six unique divisions, including air conditioning, water and gas line installation and repair, drain and sewer services, lawn sprinkling, and their famous bathroom remodeling division, Bathrooms by Miracle. The company has grown from a one-person plumbing service when it was founded by Harvey R. Miracle in 1927, to over 40 employees today, of which all technicians are required to obtain all applicable licenses and additional training on new products. In 1995, the company opened its largest location in Canton. The facility includes corporate offices, a showroom for product presentations, an 8,000 sq. ft. warehouse and an additional five acres of adjoining land for future development and expansion. Miracle has just recently prepared these additional acres for expected growth. In 2007, Miracle and president Steven Brown were awarded Contractor of the Year by the Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors of Ohio. They have continuously been a leader in technology, offering products such as Mity Mole, which allows water line installation without digging a trench; video camera technology to view sewer and drain lines underground; Bio-Clean, an environmentally safe product that utilizes natural bacteria to unclog slow-moving drains; Beckett Heat Manager, a product guaranteed to reduce fuel consumption by 20 percent for boiler type heating systems; and On Demand Water Heaters, an alternative to the traditional tank water heaters, providing a continuous flow of on-demand hot water. Tower Industries produced their first countertop, made of their Meridian® Solid Surface product, in 1995 after much perseverance from president and CEO Todd D. Werstler and the urging and inspiration of his father, Robert D. Werstler, vice president, emeritus. Since their inception, they have grown to 45 employees, with 12 expansion positions in 2010 alone along with 50 percent sales growth and 300 percent profit growth the same year. While they began as a manufacturer of solid surface materials, primarily used in the manufacture of Tower-made kitchen countertops, the company has morphed into a full-service manufacturer of multiple surfacing materials, including granite, quartz and cultured marble for kitchen and bath use. In 2003, they expanded into the former Central States and Sonoco products plant in Massillon, with a staggering 55,000 sq. ft., giving them the needed space to continue to expand the operations based on the needs of customers and changing consumer trends. With increased demand for granite and quartz hard surfacing options, they added a million-dollar stone processing line in 2005. Likewise, in 2010 they invested another $500k when they added a stone sample processing line to fulfill customer request and subsequent contract obligation as the sole North American supplier of quartz samples for a large Korean building products company. They have also expanded their solid surface manufacturing operation with the acquisition of a continuous casting line, providing Tower Industries with the ability to manufacture Meridian® sinks and related items at a rate of one per minute. The company continues to diversify product offerings, placing a focus on solid surface shower surfaces to universities, hotels, hospital systems and housing authorities, and as a result, further developing their place as the leader of sanitary, institutional shower items. Business of the Year winner Biery Cheese was started in 1929 by Norman F. Biery, a dairy farmer who had a very difficult time selling his milk due to the economic conditions. He created a cooperative alongside other local farmers, hired a Swiss cheese maker from Switzerland and began making cheese from the milk. Today, Biery Cheese employs over 400 people, increasing from 225 in the past three years alone. Their belief in constant technological improvements has led the company to invest heavily in equipment during the same time, in order to continue to grow and stay ahead of the competition, with a total three-year investment of over $15 million. In the past 18 months, the facility has more than doubled in size, and the expansion will allow Biery Cheese to double its current sales volume. The company has created many new product lines for its customers, including snack cheeses that are individually wrapped, a reduced-fat product line, thinly sliced products to help foodservice operators reduce costs, unique packaging techniques to help deli operators gain efficiencies, and cheese variety trays for convenient snacking and party planning. Giving back to the community and charitable organizations is an essential value for Biery Cheese and the Biery family. In 1984, Lynne and Dennis Biery created the Biery Family Foundation to help support the giving efforts, and the company and foundation are large supporters of the YMCA, United Way, American Cancer Association, 4-H, Louisville School District, Walsh University, Malone University, and University of Mount Union, along with many local events and athletic teams. Dennis and Lynne Biery were among the winners of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 2011 Community Salute Awards, have won various safety awards, and two medals in the U.S. Cheese contest, among others.