Chamber Corner – September 11, 2017


Written by
Todd J. Tranum
President & CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce &
Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

Chamber Celebrates Outstanding Achievements

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its list of award recipients for the 2017 Chamber Annual Awards Banquet. Each year, we recognize leaders in business and community service, during what has become one of the largest gathering of business people countywide.

The Chamber’s annual Economic Development Award is presented to a company or organization that has contributed significantly to the economic development, quality of life and stability of our region. This year that award is going to Fieldbrook Foods in Dunkirk, which recently completed a $4 million expansion project, allowing it to retain 586 full time jobs and add 61 new jobs. In addition to the extra space, the company purchased new equipment to add two new production lines to manufacture specialty ice cream products. We are proud to recognize that dedication and to celebrate the jobs that Fieldbrook is sustaining and creating in the Chautauqua County.

The Person of the Year Award is presented to someone who is recognized for his or her outstanding achievements and contributions either within the past year or throughout their entire life. Our board has chosen to present this award to William Andrews, Managing Director/President and CEO of Monofrax LLC in Falconer. Bill has been with the company since June of 2016 and immediately stepped in to demonstrate leadership both internally and in the community. He opened his plant up for Manufacturing Day tours last fall, hosting hundreds of students and teachers from local schools. He is committed to STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) education, serving on the WNY STEM Advisory Board and is a Junior Achievement volunteer. Bill has brought a positive energy and enthusiasm to Monofrax along with a plan and a commitment to the community.

Each Community Chamber also selects a Community Service Award recipient, recognizing those who are active and have contributed greatly to our area in the past or present.

The Dunkirk Community Chamber of Commerce has selected Carol Kozlowski to receive its Community Service Award posthumously. Kozlowski was a nurse at Brooks Memorial Hospital for many years, and even after retirement she continued to remain active as a volunteer for the Chautauqua Center clinic and the Dunkirk Senior Center before she passed away unexpectedly last December.

The Fredonia Community Chamber of Commerce has selected Todd Langworthy as its Community Service Award Recipient. The Town of Pomfret Historian since 2005, he has published five books on various aspects of Fredonia history and has presented lectures and tours. He has been active with the Festival Fredonia board and been a youth sports coach.

The Hanover Community Chamber will present its Community Service Award to Sue Briggs for her 25 years of consecutive service in organizing the annual Silver Creek Yard Sales. As the founder of Destinations Plus, Briggs has actively worked to promote tourism here for 30 years marketing packaged motor coach tours. She has served for many years on the Silver Creek and now Hanover Chamber Board and is a member of the Silver Creek Planning Board.

John Williams, Parks Manager for the City of Jamestown Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department, is receiving the Community Service Award from the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce. While his job forces him to focus on the beauty of city parks, his commitment goes much farther as he works tirelessly in the background to ensure the success of a broad range of festivals and events held in Jamestown.

The Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber of Commerce has selected the Chautauqua Lake Central School Manufacturers Club as its Community Service Award recipient. Organized by community volunteers, the club began as a mid-day extracurricular experience for students, and then expanded to enhance the curriculum and include manufacturing courses. The club focuses on careers in manufacturing through hands-on learning and field trips.

Marion and Don Eno of Westfield have been chosen Community Service Award recipients for the Westfield-Barcelona Community Chamber of Commerce. Together and individually, they have a long record of service to the community on behalf of the Jaycees, Rotary, Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, Meals on Wheels, and Patterson Library, among others.

We hope you will join us in saluting all of these deserving award winners during the Chamber’s Annual Awards Banquet on Thursday, October 5 in the Williams Center on the SUNY Fredonia campus. Reservations are required by September 28. You can register online at or call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101.