Advanced Laser Machining of Chippewa Falls was the recipient of the CCEDC 2015 Overall Chippewa County Business of the Year. The award was presented at CCEDC’s 20th Annual Meeting, which was held on Friday, May 29, 2015, at National Guard Armory in Chippewa Falls. CCEDC was honored to have Wisconsin National Guard’s Major General Donald Dunbar to present the awards to the recipients, along with Wounded Warrior speaker Mary Tallouzi and the Chippewa Valley Newspapers staff.
Annually CCEDC awards Business of the Year recognition to businesses in the four quadrants of Chippewa County, and Chippewa Valley Newspapers choses an overall winner out of the four award recipients. Optimum Plastics of Bloomer received the Quadrant 1 award; A & D Docks in Cornell was the winner for Quadrant 2. The Quadrant 3 award winner as well as the overall business of the year award was Advanced Laser Machining. Film Tech or Stanley won the award for Quadrant 4. During the awards ceremony CCEDC also selected a Chippewa County Construction Partner of the Year. The winner was Hoeft Builders, who received the recognition for their extensive construction activity within Chippewa County in 2014-15. An Entrepreneur of the Year Award was presented to Machine Tool Camp of Chippewa Falls. An Economic Development Partnership Award was given to the Workforce Resource Inc., for their assistance with the skills gap and workforce training efforts, and their continual support and relationship with business and industry. The George McDowell Economic Development Leadership Award was given to an individual who has given above and beyond in the area of economic development in Chippewa County. The award recipient was Mr. Dave Hancock, who received the recognition for the many years of leadership and partnership in economic development.