PUD is Business of the Year

PUD General Manager Kevin Owens (left) accepts the award from Chamber President Trent Dolyniuk.

February 18, 2013 – At its February 7 Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony, the South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce presented Columbia River People’s Utility District with the HF McCormick Business of the Year Award for 2012.

“Selecting the PUD for this award was an easy consideration for the Chamber,” said Chamber President Trent Dolyniuk. “Over the years, the PUD has developed a community-minded culture that is evident down to the very last employee. It can be felt by everyone who deals with the PUD.”

The Business of the Year Award is named after HF McCormick who started the St. Helens Lumber Company, the St. Helens Ship Building Company, the St. Helens Tie & Lumber Company, Island Lumber Company, St. Helens Wood Products, Columbia County Mill, St. Helens Pulp & Paper, Fir-Tex Insulating Board Company, and St. Helens Light & Power Company. The award is presented to a business that has achieved business excellence. The selection criteria includes: demonstrated ethics and integrity in business practices; leadership and excellence through customer service, employee development, safety, creativity and innovation; and commitment to supporting and promoting South Columbia County Chamber of Commerce activities.

“This award represents all the hard work and care that PUD employees and Board members invest into our community,” said PUD General Manager Kevin Owens. “It’s our customers’ way of saying ‘Thank You’ for keeping the lights on and giving back to the community.”