PLAINVILLE - The Plainville Chamber of Commerce honored community leaders, business owners, nonprofits and volunteers Tuesday at its 111th annual Awards Dinner.
The dinner, held at Nuchies, was attended by Chamber members, friends and co-workers of the recipients and an assortment of local movers and shakers who cheered the accomplishments of their peers.
“I wish to personally offer my congratulations to all this year’s winners,” Chamber Chair Jeff DiCosimo said. “Working and supporting the business community in Plainville as well as honoring the many award winners since 1908 is quite an achievement. I am proud to have a small part in that honor for the past two years as the Chamber Chairperson.”
Local legislators state Sen. Henri Martin and state Rep. William Petit also presented proclamations from the state in honor of the awardees.
The Business of the Year award was presented to Loureiro Engineering. It was accepted by CEO Jeff Loureiro.
“It’s a fantastic honor,” said Brian Cutler, president of Loureiro, who also attended the Awards Dinner. “We’ve been in the community for four decades and we’re 100 percent owned by employees. We believe in giving back to the community in meaningful ways.”
Loureiro was honored for numerous projects around the community including improvements and renovations to PARC and LISA, Inc. as well as a truck garage and storage facility for the Plainville Community Food Pantry and a gazebo at Norton Park for the Petit Family Foundation
The Distinguished Women in Businesses Award went to Andrea Wasley, Funeral Director of Plainville Funeral Home.
“It’s a fantastic honor to be recognized,” said Wasley. “It’s been pretty surreal as we approach our one year anniversary in business to reflect on all the support the community had given me. I like to support those who support me and I’ve been involved in Rotary for the past 15 years which allows me to do that. I’ve made many lifelong friends there.”
Wasley was honored for bringing her family-owned and operated funeral home to town and for her involvement in numerous nonprofit organizations. She has volunteered with Plainville Rotary and the Plainville Community Food Pantry and supported PARC, The Petit Family Foundation, United Way of West Central Connecticut as well as Quota Club of Bristol.
Town Manager Robert E. Lee was given the Distinguished Community Leadership Award.
“I appreciate the Chamber for recognizing our efforts and my staff for putting forth the nomination,” said Lee. “It’s not always easy being in local government but it’s a great town and sometimes it’s easy to be a leader.”
Lee was recognized for serving as Town Manager since 2014 and for spearheading initiatives that save the town money and enhance services. Examples include combining the Town and Board of Education’s finance operations, tax and assessing offices and human resources. Lee was also credited for Standard & Poor raising the town’s rating from A+ to AA+
Susie Woerz, executive director of the Plainville Community Food Pantry, accepted the Non-Profit of the Year Award.
“I’m so excited and appreciative to receive this award,” said Woerz, who has been with the pantry for 30 years. “We’re lucky to be located in Plainville. We’ve received so much support from the community to be able to do what we do.”
The Food Pantry was praised for providing food and energy assistance, clothing and crisis intervention and referral services to those in need. Last year, they provided 2,225 shopping appointments, gave clothing to 538 households and delivered 8,115 bags of groceries totaling 104,110 pounds of food, valued at more than $240,000.
Sal Mangiafico of Mangiafico’s Inc. Bakery and Pastry Shop was presented the Community Volunteer Award.
“It makes me feel very special,” said Mangiafico. “To me, helping people is normal; I’ve done it all my life. We help out anybody that asks.”
Mangiafico’s Bakery has been in business in town for 23 years and donates its products to numerous events that support the Plainville Chamber of Commerce, Plainville Food Pantry, Wheeler Regional Family YMCA and more.
The Distinguished Family in Business Award was given to Manafort Brothers, Inc. It was accepted by President James Manafort Jr. and Vice President Justin Manafort.
“It feels great to receive this award,” said Jim Manafort. “Our business has been here for so many years - we just celebrated our 100th anniversary. Plainville has been a great place to grow our business - we couldn’t ask for a better place to work. The town has worked well with us each step of the way.”
The construction and demolition company, founded in 1919, assisted in the cleanup of the 9/11 attacks and supports many local charities through the James Manafort Sr. Charity Golf Tournament. They also host a U.S. Marine Toys for Tots, and contribute to numerous children’s and health organizations.
Six Mile Holdings, LLC was recognized for the new 8,000 square foot facility on Robert Jackson Way, which the CT-ABC (Associated Builders and Contractors of Connecticut) and the Construction Education Center (CEC) moved into in 2018.
“We built the building so they could have a place for their training center,” said Tony Sheffy, who co-owns Six Mile Holdings with his wife Melissa.
Melissa Sheffy added that CEC moving from Rocky Hill to Plainville is a win-win.
The Beautification Award went to Chris Fryxell, president of CT-ABC.
“It’s quite an honor,” said Fryxell. “The Town of Plainville and the Chamber have been fantastic in helping us to feel like we’re a part of the community. The space is amazing and it helps us to expand our educational offerings including apprenticeship, safety and leadership programs.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.