Vogt’s Hometown Market, Golden Heritage Foods, LLC, and Wendy’s received business appreciation awards from Kansas Department of Commerce following nominations by Hillsboro Development Corporation.
The businesses received certificates at a Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday. Kansas Department of Commerce representative Bob Fettke presented the awards on behalf of Gov. Sam Brownback.
The intent of the program is to recognize businesses that contribute jobs and support their local communities.
“In spite of a struggling national economy, Hillsboro is very fortunate to have these kinds of businesses serving our area,” HDC Director Clint Seibel said.
Vogt’s Hometown Market was established more than 80 years ago. After moving to a large location a few years ago, the grocery store expanded its work force by 30 percent to 40 employees.
Golden Heritage Foods is also more than 80 years old, although it started as Barkman Honey Company. In the nomination for the award, Seibel said the company is the largest manufacturing business in the area with about 80 employees.
Wendy’s opened its Hillsboro restaurant in 2008 after McDonald’s left Hillsboro. The restaurant has 25 employees and supports local schools and community events.