City of Covington Says Thanks with Business Awards

COVINGTON - There is a lot of good going on in the Covington business community, said Naashom Marx, City Business Development Manager.

By creating a ceremony to recognize the many businesses in the City that work hard every day and help to build our thriving economy, we get a chance to highlight the positive stories happening here, Marx said.

In a ceremony at the Madison Event Center this week, awards were given to businesses that are making a name for themselves and for Covington, as well as to long-standing and notable businesses in the community.


"This is our chance to say 'thank you' to the businesses who create our professional culture here," Marx said, "whether those are small shops with two or three people or large organizations with 3,000 employees".


This is the first time the City has produced an event that recognizes businesses in this ceremonial fashion.


"Covington has such a depth and variety of businesses. From Fidelity Investments that employs thousands to Klingenberg Hardware that has been here for fifty plus years" Marx said. "This is our chance to recognize these folks."


Award winners

Those awards included:

Significant Business Growth: Donna Salyers Fabulous Furs

Community Service (Involvement, Enhancement/Contribution): KW Mechanical

Unique of or Innovative Product of or Service: Swing This Kettlebells and Strength Studio

History/Longevity: Motch Jewelers

Exceptional Customer Service: Advantage Tent and Party Rental


Determining which Covington businesses to honor included a public nomination process that received approximately 70 submissions.


Suzann Gettys, Business Assistance Specialist and Project Manager said, "We were extremely enthused with the level of public participation and interest from the business community in the program's first year."

"It is an active and engaged business community, and a terrific group of people leading these businesses. It's a pleasure to get to work with them.  As we continue to do outreach through our Business Retention and Expansion Program, we discover many businesses poised for growth and on the path for potentially adding jobs and continued expansion here in Covington." she said.


Other Businesses were recognized for their longevity, high growth and employment.  They included:


100+ years

Motch Jewelers

Fedders Feed

Kentucky Savings & Loan

Citizens Savings & Loan

Swindler & Currin Funeral Home


50+ years

Riggs Hearing & Vision

Heringer Meats

T & W Printing

Klingenberg's Hardware


Smith Muffler

Bressler & Co

Middendorf Supply

Middendorf-Bullock Funeral Home

Rusk Heating & Cooling

Bilz Insurance

Landwehr Hardware

Connley Bros Funeral Home

Eastside Church of the Nazarene

American Sound & Electronics

CTS Packaging Inc

Gliers Meats

Foster Auto Sales

Ken/API Builders Supply

John R Green Co

Kelly Bros Home Center/ Lumber Co

D C Morrison Co

White Castle System

Allison & Rose Funeral Home

S & W Tire & Car

B J Novelty (Entertainment Experts / E2 Entertainment)

Corken Steel

Papas Candies

Taylor Brothers Inc

Economy Market

Batson & Associates

St Charles Care Center

Walther Auto Repair

Richard G Kemper Inc

Theatre House Inc

ACB American / Plaza Recovery

Swilly's Auto Sales

Serenity Funeral Care/Linnemann Group

Corbin Auto Body

Pediatric Care of Ky


Top 25 Growth Businesses (over prior year's payroll tax revenue)


ACB American/Plaza Recovery


Club Chef


Fabulous Furs

St. Elizabeth




Catholic Board Of Education

Corken Steel

Huntington Bank

MAC Productions

Republic Services

US Bank



Adams, Stepner ,Wolterman & Dusing

Kelly Brothers Home Center

Morrison DC

Chartwell Hospitality  (Radisson)

C-Forward IT

Summit Medical Group

Sherill Morgan


Top 25 Employers (Biggest Employers by payroll tax revenue)



Covington Board of Education

St Elizabeth

Ky (State of)

Club Chef

Atkins & Pearce

Rosedale Manor


ACB American/Plaza Recovery

Catholic Board of Education

Northern Ky MMR Board


Kenton County Fiscal Court


Kenton County Board of Education




Packaging Unlimited

St Charles Care Center

Lexus Rivercenter

US Postal Service

US Bank



Many of the City's businesses are the "best kept secret in Covington," Marx added.

"Sometimes the real impact of these businesses to the community at large gets lost. They employ people, they pay taxes, and they support the infrastructure of the community. This should be celebrated and these businesses thanked," she said.


Businesses here are growing and are continuing to hire, too, Marx said.