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Chamber honors 2009 Business of the Year

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Luncheon Tuesday at Usher Center

By The Staff

The city's business owners and workers will gather at the Tommy Usher Center on Tuesday to honor the Greater Chiefland Chamber of Commerce's  2009 Business of the Year: Jenkins Painting Inc. the folks who keep us driving between the lines.

    In a tradition that started in 1983 when then-Gov. Bob Graham proclaimed the third week in September as Industry Appreciation Week to help increase public awareness of the contributions of local businesses to their communities, the Chamber will mark the occasion by honoring one of the city's top employers.

    While it has been hard economic times for many in the business world, there will not be an unhappy, unknod or dismal attitude in the Usher Center.

    The Chamber members and guests will be there to highlight an outstanding business and the folks who own it, operate it and earn a living by it.

    Every year the Chamber seeks nominations not just from ots members, but the community.

    JPI's owners,  Gregg and Janet Jenkins, purchased their first paint truck in May 1978, shortly before incorporating in July 1978. Their daughter Stephanie Kid, joined as a co-owner in 1992. J

    Jenkins Painting has served are area with pavement markings on city, county, state, and federal highways. These markings include center and edge line striping, messages, stop bars, hashing, and raised reflective pavement markers. Jenkins Painting, Inc. employs 28 people with several of their employees working there over fifteen years.

     Chamber leadership, which is sponsoring a local loyalty drive has a commitment that a community that nurtures its local businesses strengthens its economic base.

    This encourages improved services and opportunities, enhancing the lifestyle of its residents.

    Tickets to the luncheon are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Seating is limited so reservations are required. To reserve contact the Chamber at (352) 493-1849.