Tabor College, The Lumberyard recognized
Even though Countryside Feed LLC was not selected for the Governor’s Award of excellence, the company was a recipient of the Regional Business Excellence Award.
Countryside executive Lyman Adams said it was good for an agricultural business to be recognized, saying they sometimes are stereotyped.
When the company opened in 1997, its future was uncertain.
“We had a vision, but it was pretty cloudy,” Adams said.
Countryside moved operations to a new, $4.5 million mill in November 1999 in Hillsboro Business Park.
Countryside employs 32 people, with an annual payroll of $1.8 million. Most customers are within 80 miles of Hillsboro, with some in other states.
Department of Commerce considered more than business vitality to choose award winners. Civic involvement also was considered.
The Lumberyard Inc and Tabor College received Business Appreciation Awards of Merit from Kansas Department of Commerce.
Hillsboro Development Corporation nominated the companies.