Berlin Economic Development Commission will award 11 businesses

Published on Friday, 11 May 2018 22:52
Written by Charles Paullin


BERLIN - The Berlin Economic Development Commission award ceremony will honor over 11 businesses and individuals May 23 at Shuttle Meadow Country Club at 5:30 p.m.

“We will be celebrating new developments, new food options in town, long-standing Berlin firms, the partnership between Junior Achievement and Berlin High School as well as a volunteer many of us know well,” said Economic Development Director Chris Edge.

The awards include Business of the Year going to Budney Aerospace, a machine component and sub-assembly manufacturer for the aerospace and land turbine engine industries. Kevin Budney runs the business that serves customers like GE, Pratt & Whitney Canada and Rolls Royce.

Developer of the Year is John Orsini for building the new Acura dealership that’s touted as largest in the state, and the neighboring 17,000-square-foot retail building on the Berlin Turnpike.

Lorraine Stub is the Volunteer of the Year recipient for her efforts to maintain the town’s history, as part of the Berlin Historical Society and Friends of the Worthington Meetinghouse group.

The Community Investment Award recipient is Eversource Energy, which recently built a multi-million dollar natural gas and electric grid training center on its turnpike headquartered campus.

Colvest is the recipient of the Beautification Award, after it reconstructed the former Mary’s Bakery building with a new look and parking lot.

The Avenue Restaurant, on Farmington Avenue is the recipient of New Business of the Year. The family owned business under Arti Bomova prides itself on the atmosphere, food selection and hometown feel, said Edge.

The Family Business of the Year recipient is Matson Rugs, run by Beverly Matson Vandegulik and Jeff Matson. The business offers floor coverings since 1942 in Berlin.

The Box Bistro business that began in the home of owner James Bannon and grew to be a store front with several food offerings is the Small Business of the Year recipient. Bannon offers pre-made meals with local, fresh ingredients all ready to help people achieve their wellness goals, said Edge.

Last but not least, the Education Award is going to Jeremy Race, a Berlin High School graduate and CEO of Junior Achievement of Southwest New England. His organization brought several programs to students at the high school to help them learn job readiness skills, such as personal branding, resume writing and interviewing skills.

“We hope you will be able to join us for a great night of food, networking and celebration,” said Edge.

Tickets to the event, which begins at 5:30 p.m., are $60 a person and includes a cheese and cracker spread, hors d’ouevres, wild rice pilad, chicken Florentine, roasted sirloin with mushroom bordelaise and baked eggplant rollatini, as well as a cash bar, cookies, brownies, coffee, tea and decaf

RSVP to or 860-229-1665. Contact Edge at with any questions.

Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Friday, 11 May 2018 22:52. Updated: Friday, 11 May 2018 22:55.