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Danforth is business of the year

MIDDLEBURY The Addison County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Danforth Pewter was the recipient of its Business of the Year award which was presented at the Chambers Annual Meeting last month. Recipients for the Chambers Citizen of the Year, Community Achievement and Presidents Awards were also named at the function held in Middleburys newly renovated Town Hall Theater. The Business of the Year award is given to a business located in Addison County that has shown a significant improvement in the development of their business, positively impacting the economy on a local, regional or international level. According to Andy Mayer, Chamber President, Danforth Pewter, and its owners Fred and Judi Danforth, have been active in serving the Addison County community by expanding their business through the years, and they have created an environment that their employees love being a part of. Danforth Pewter has donated time in the community and contributed to many events. Additionally, Fred and Judi encourage their employees to donate time back to the community. Danforth has been making pewter in Addison County since 1978. We love this community and were proud to be able to contribute in a variety of ways to its vitality, said Judi Danforth. Danforth Pewter has opened three stores in the past three years throughout Vermont, and in 2006 celebrated the opening of a destination store in Middlebury called the Workshop and Store where visitors can view the pewter making process. Danforth Pewter is both an attraction and a destination that brings people from all over the world. Their numerous areas of involvement in the community include being an integral part of the Exchange Street Group along with being members of the Better Middlebury Partnership, Middlebury Area Artisans Group and Arts Connect. Judi and Fred have both been on the Board of the Frog Hollow State Craft Center and are currently on the United Ways Robert Frost Society board. In addition to the Business of the Year award, the Addison County Chamber of Commerce presented its Citizen of the Year award to Doug Anderson, executive director of the Town Hall Theater; the Community Achievement Award was awarded to Porter Medical Center; and the Presidents Award, given to an individual or business who has donated time and effort for the continuing benefit of the Chamber, was given to Darcy Tarte of Chittenden Bank. ACCOC Business of the Year banner is presented to Danforth Pewter. From L to R: Ted Shambo, membership director; Fred and Judi Danforth, owners; Andy Mayer, chamber president. Danforth Pewter employees look on in the background.

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