Archbold, OH

ConAgra, Village Get Spirit Awards

Recognizing a spirit that “refused to accept the inevitable,” the Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce presented management and workers of the Archbold ConAgra plant, and officials of the Village of Archbold, with the first-ever Spirit of Archbold Award.

The award came during the annual chamber banquet, Thursday, Nov. 1.

Mari Yoder, AACC executive director, said as the village started 2007, ConAgra corporate headquarters announced the plant would close.

Instead of allowing the plant to close, ConAgra managers and workers worked together to make the Archbold plant one of the best. It was recognized as the most productive in the ConAgra corporation over the summer.

At the same time, Village of Archbold officials worked to find ways to make the plant more at- tractive to ConAgra, providing business incentives.

Yoder presented the award to the two groups “in recognition of a positive commitment to community, outstanding workplace performance, and willingness to make change happen.

Service Awards

Yoder also recognized two firms for 10 years of service to the community, the Hong Kong Restaurant and TJ Automation.

She said TJ Automation began as a tool and die shop in Kendallville, Ind., before moving to Archbold in 1997. In 2003, the company expanded, adding 11,000 square feet. Today, TJ Automation manufactures custom machinery for the auto industry.

Hands of Grace serves Archbold on a daily basis. Yoder said the founding mothers of the organization started with the idea of establishing an adult day care center, “but found a need for so much more.”

Today, Hands of Grace, provides meals, transportation, cleaning, laundry, and respite care services, along with an adult day center at Zion Mennonite Church one day a week.

110 Years

Also recognized was the Farmers & Merchants State Bank for 110 years of service.

Yoder said the bank was started by six businessmen in a room at Vernier Hardware. Today it is a full-service bank with services available locally and around the world, via the Internet. The bank has grown “and continues to serve the needs of Archbold, Fulton County, and beyond,” she said.

Yoder also welcomed Noble Automotive to the community. They purchased the Archbold Dana Corporation plant.

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