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The City of Covington Proudly Announces the 2017 Business Excellence Awards Recipients; Celebrates Covington Businesses’ Hard Work, Dedication & Longevity

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COVINGTON, KY – The City of Covington proudly announced this year's recipients of the 2017 Covington Business Excellence Recognition Program on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. The City’s third annual Business Excellence Awards ceremony took place at the Madison Event Center, 700 Madison Avenue, Covington.

Mayor Joseph U. Meyer stated, “The City congratulates the 2017 Business Excellence Awards recipients. We express our sincere gratitude to each of the hardworking and dedicated businesses nominated and featured in this year’s program.”

The City congratulates the following award recipients (bolded) and finalists in each of the following nomination categories:

Significant Business Growth

· Braxton Brewing Company - Winner

· Grainwell

· Legacy Financial Advisors, Inc.



· Dee Felice Cafe

· Klingenberg's Hardware - Winner

· Motch Jewelers

· Mother of God Catholic Church

· Victory Battery

Exceptional Customer Service

· Amerasia

· Inspirado

· Klingenberg's Hardware - Winner

· Left Bank Coffeehouse

· Old Town Café

New Business (Minimum 1 yr, less than 3 yrs)

· Bard's Burgers and Chili

· Body by Bree

· Braxton Brewing Company - Winner

· Dogs-N-Style

· Lisse Steakhuis

Innovation (Unique or Innovative Product or Service)

· Chroma Vino

· Hotel Covington - Winner

· Life Learning Center

· St. Charles Community

Out of the Box (Unique/Specialty Business)

· Amerasia

· Gutierrez Deli

· Hotel Covington - Winner

· Keep Your Shirt on Covington

· The Globe

Community Champion

· Children, Inc. - Winner

· Left Bank Coffeehouse

· Point Perk

· Roebling Point Coffee and Books

· The River City News

Exceptional Aesthetics (Stewardship, Beautification)

· Commonwealth Bistro

· Left Bank Coffeehouse - Winner

· Molly Malone's Irish Pub

· The Village Pub

Spirit of Progress Award

· William P. Butler & Corporex Companies, LLC - Winner


Chosen and presented by the City of Covington, the Spirit of Progress Award recognizes a business or business person that has made notable contributions to the City's economic progress over the years and/or has been a valued partner in furthering the goals and interests of the City.

The 2017 Business Excellence Awards recipients were nominated as finalists in eight different categories from among over 130 nominations received in a public nomination process held from February 8 to March 20, 2017. To view photographs from the 2017 Covington Business Excellence Awards ceremony,  click here.

Business Assistance Specialist & Project Manager Suzann Gettys stated, “We were extremely enthused with the level of public participation and interest from the business community this year, far exceeding the total number of nominations and RSVPs received than in years prior.

“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.”

Businesses that have been in existence for 100-plus years and 50-plus years received special recognition at the ceremony. Please note that records do not properly reflect business start dates in some cases. As a result, the process is largely dependent on information the City receives through the nomination process.

100-Plus Years Businesses include:

Allison & Rose Funeral Home

Citizens Federal Savings & Loan

Motch Jewelers

Covington Ladies Home*

St. Elizabeth Healthcare

Adams, Stepner, Woltermann & Dusing Law Firm

Rusk Heating & Cooling

D.C. Morrison Co.

Fedders Feed & Supply

Anthe Machine Works

Truitt Roofing*

Swindler & Currin Funeral Home

Linnemann Funeral Homes (Serenity Funeral Care)

Riggs Hearing & Vision*

Kentucky Federal Savings & Loan

Boeckley/Ruwe Pharmacy*

* New to the 100-Plus Years Business Category

50-Plus Years Businesses include:

Frank’s Men’s Shop

Crone’s Auto Body*

Heringer Meats

Baptist Towers (Baptist Life Communities)*

T&W Printing

Firestone Co.*

Klingenberg’s Hardware

B.J. Novelty

Ashland Inc.

Corken Steel

Smith Muffler

D’Amico Tailor Shop*

A.F. Riedinger & Sons/Reliable Cleaners*

Papas Candies

Bressler & CO CPAs

Swilly’s Auto Sales

Twin Oaks Golf & Plantation Club*

Taylor Brothers Inc.

Dixie Chili & Deli*

Victory Battery*

Middendorf Supply

Economy Market

Middendorf-Bullock Funeral Home

Batson & Associates

Blank’s Pharmacy

St. Charles Care Center

Herb & Thelma’s

Richard G. Kemper Inc.

Covington Chili*

Theatre House Inc.

Bilz Insurance

ACB American Inc./United Recovery

Connley Bros Funeral Home

Gateway Glass & Glazing*

Landwehr Hardware

Rosedale Manor/Rosedale Green

B&E Decorating Center/B&E Paints

Taliaferro, Carran & Cowherd, PLLC*

Egelston Maynard Sports

Latonia Bait & Tackle

American Sound & Electronics

Corbin Auto Body

CTS Packaging Inc.


Gliers Meats


Ken/API Builders Supply

Pediatric Care of KY PSC

Walther Auto Body

Regional Reps Corp*

Ziegler Dance Studio*

Restoration Society*

Steffen’s Rental

Corporex Companies Inc.

John R. Green Co.

Panorama Apts.

Kelly Bros Home Center/Lumber Co.

Blau Mechanical, Inc.*

White Castle

Lloyd’s Roller Rink*

S&W Tire & Car


* New to the 50-Plus Years Business Category

The program also recognized the City’s Top 25 Employers and Top 25 Growth Businesses (listed below).

Top 25 Employers include:

1. Fidelity

2. IRS

3. Covington Board of Education

4. Club Chef

5. State of Kentucky

6. Atkins & Pearce

7. Catholic Board of Education

8. Rosedale Green

9. St Elizabeth Healthcare

10. Ashland Inc.

11. Kenton County Fiscal Court

12. Kroger

13. Summit Medical Group

14. Data Intensity LLC

15. Gateway

16. Aimbridge

17. US Postal Service

18. Kenton County Board of Education

19. Healthpoint

20. Performance Lexus Rivercenter (PLR LLC)

21. US Bank

22. Megacorp Logistics

23. White Castle

24. Packaging Unlimited

25. TiER I Performance Solutions


Top 25 Growth Businesses include:

1. Children's Home of Northern KY

2. Radisson Hotel

3. Waddington North America Inc

4. Blair Technology Group LLC

5. Megacorp Logistics

6. Mills Sherman

7. Iofina Chemical Inc

8. Indy Honeycomb

9. Huntington Bank

10. 3 G's Stadium Liquor

11. Club Chef

12. Mueller Roofing Distributors

13. Anchor Properties

14. Ken API Builders Supply

15. TiER I Technologies

16. Corken Steel

17. Rizzo Bros Painting

18. Calvary Christian

19. Architectural Group International

20. KW Mechanical Inc

21. Sherrill Morgan

22. TANK

23. DJK/Dep's Liquors

24. Kelly Brothers Lumber

25. US Postal Service

The Covington Business Excellence Awards acknowledge businesses in the community that have contributed to the City’s economic vitality and culminate with several recognitions at the award ceremony.

To view photographs from the 2017 Covington Business Excellence Awards ceremony, click here.