Mon Valley chamber to honor 'stars'
By The Valley Independent
Published: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, 12:41 a.m.
The Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce will honor three members during its annual banquet.
The chamber's awards banquet is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.Thursday at the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center at Monongahela Valley Hospital.
Here's a look at this year's honorees:
SHINING STAR AWARD
Bill Lee is this year's Shining Star Award winner.
The award goes to a chamber member who shows a commitment to his/her vocation, helps to advance the mission of the Mon Valley Regional Chamber, and promotes the Mid Mon Valley community.
Originally from Charleroi, Lee is the son of the late Frank J. Lee and “Quinnie” Lee. He has been married 46 years to his wife, Mary Lou.
A 1963 graduate of Charleroi High School, he was inducted into the California Sports Hall of Fame in 2012, and into the Mid Mon Valley Sports Hall of Fame earlier this year.
He also had a 28-year officiating career.
Lee began his professional career by teaching and coaching at Monongahela High School for two years. For the next 13, he worked as a pharmaceutical representative and district sales manager.
In 1980, he joined his cousins, David and Mike Lee, working at Lee Supply in Charleroi. As the environmental sales manager, he was able to help Lee Supply expand and modify in the environmental market
In 2010, Lee retired from his position at Lee Supply after 30 years with the family company. He is now a consultant for Lee Supply.
He has served as mayor of Speers for 12 years.
He is a member of the board of directors and executive committee of the Mon Valley Progress Council, is a board member of the Authority of the Borough of Charleroi, volunteers for Meals on Wheels and at the Charleroi Food Bank, and is the grass cutter at Mary, Mother of the Church in Charleroi.
EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS AWARD
Shamrock Chemical Co. is the recipient of the Excellence in Business award.
This award recognizes a member business that continually provides its customers with outstanding products and/or services. Demonstrated longevity is an important aspect the chamber recognizes, and considers businesses operating for 20 years or more.
Shamrock Chemical Company operates in five states, employing more than 400.
Founded in Charleroi in 1959 by John McGinley, the company has evolved into a complete building and supplies entity providing janitorial service, lawn care, snow removal and minor building maintenance.
The company at present, maintains over 5 million square feet in all type of facilities including office complex's, health care enterprises, banks, schools, government facilities and warehouses.
The company's accounts include many Fortune 500 companies.
The company's top management team has more than 200 years of experience.
While functioning as company CEO, John McGinley has served the area in many business and social organizations.
Since being succeeded by his son Jack in 1993, the company continued to grow.
The McGinley family suffered a great loss on Dec. 21, 2008, with Jack McGinley's death.
Jack's son Brian recently joined the company, representing the third generation of McGinley's to carry on the business.
McGinley Maintenance is located in Belle Vernon, and Shamrock Chemical is located at 130 Lincoln Ave., Charleroi.
OUTSTANDING BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AWARD
World Kitchen is the recipent of the Outstanding Business Development Award.
The award recognizes a member who has successfully expanded its product lines and/or facilities and has shown significant growth and employment. This award also recognizes leadership and the entrepreneurial spirit of the principals of the organization.
World Kitchen is the Valley's largest manufacturer.
The Charleroi-based firm specializes in manufacturing the Pyrex line of cookware and also makes glass covers for other brands.
All of the company's Pyrex products sold in the U.S. have been made in Charleroi for 70 years.
Glassmaking has been a tradition in Charleroi since the plant was opened in 1893 by MacBeth Evans. The plant became Corning Glass in 1937.
In 1997, Corning Glass was sold to Borden Inc., the parent company of World Kitchen.
The Charleroi plant is a charter plant in the U.S. Department of Energy's Save Energy Now program.
The plant has experienced production growths year to year. Employment at the Charleroi plant has increased by 10 percent since 2008.
Plant Manager Dale Reuben will accept the award.
REGIONAL SERVICE AWARD
Community Action Southwest is the recipient of the Regional Service Award.
The award honors organizations and institutions that contribute to the quality of life in the Mid Mon Valley. Human services, educational, recreational, cultural and economic development entities are among those considered for this award.
Community Action Southwest, a non-profit organization, has been serving Washington and Greene counties since 1965.
Community Action Southwest operates over 50 programs serving almost 16,000 people.
The agency offers services to children, families and individuals at all income levels and is committed to ending poverty in the community. CAS has an annual budget of nearly $14 million, and employs 265 individuals.
The organization's programs comprise the following areas: Early childhood services, nutrition services (including Women, Infants and Children), family economic success, and senior services.
The agency is directed by a 22-member Board of Directors.
CAS Executive Director Darlene Bigler will accept the award.
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