CANTON, OHIO (April 29, 2009) Kenan Advantage Group took home top honors at this year’s Business Excellence Awards of Greater Canton, presented by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, April 28, at The University Center at Kent State University Stark.


Photo by Lee Spencer Photography
Photo by Lee Spencer Photography


Row 1 (L to R) - Dave Grabowsky, Standard Plumbing and Heating Co.; Lauri Weinfeld, Lakeside Center Banquet & Meeting Hall, Inc.; Dennis Nash, Kenan Advantage Group; Carl Young, Kenan Advantage Group.

Row 2 (L to R) - Dr. Michael Bernard, Drs. Bernard & Eimer, Inc.; R. Jeff Day, SoL Harris/Day Architecture; Ron Becker, Hilscher-Clarke Electric Company.

Row 3 (L to R) - Brian Bailey and Tim Hug, Old Carolina Barbecue Co.

“Kenan Advantage Group is not only a leader nationwide, but they are an incredibly positive force here in Stark County,” said Dennis P. Saunier, president and CEO of the Chamber.


Kenan Advantage Group is North America’s largest bulk transportation and logistics provider to the petroleum and specialty products industries. They deliver approximately 25 billion gallons per year, with an on time accurate delivery rate of 99.995 percent. KAG has sales greater than nearly six times that of their next largest competitor. More than 240 employees work at the corporate office in North Canton, and the company operates 100 terminals, 98 satellite locations and employs over 5,000 people across the country.


KAG recently relocated to the former Seiple Lithograph building on Mount Pleasant Road, growing from 23,000 sq. ft. to 77,000 sq. ft., while remaining in Stark County. These capital improvements required a $9.1 million investment in the new location, and over $12 million in proprietary and industry-leading technology.


Other Business Excellence winners included Drs. Bernard and Eimer, Inc., Hilscher-Clarke Electric Company, SõL Harris/Day Architecture, and Standard Plumbing and Heating Company, who each won an Outstanding Business Award. In addition, Lakeside Center Banquet & Meeting Hall, Inc. was recognized with a Committee’s Choice Award and Brian Bailey and Tim Hug of Old Carolina Barbecue Co. received the inaugural-year “Entrepreneur of the Year” award.


The Business Excellence Awards committee, chaired by Ronald Manse, managing partner of Bruner-Cox LLP, selected this year’s winners. Selections were made on the basis of business and employment growth, expansion of operations/ efficiencies, outstanding customer service, investments in capital improvements, innovation/ expansion of product line(s), responsiveness to business and industry challenges and adversity and community involvement.


The 2009 Business Excellence Awards of Greater Canton were sponsored by Bruner-Cox, LLP, Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., LPA, The Repository, Stark State College of Technology and Chase Bank.