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SEDCOR Honors Outstanding Achievements of Local Businesses at Annual Luncheon

Friday, September 9, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Elizabeth Peters
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Strategic Economic Development Corporation, the lead economic development group for Marion Polk and Yamhill Counties, held its Annual Honors Luncheon at the Salem Convention Center to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of local businesses and community leaders.


"These awards honor local businesses and organizations who create new jobs or economic opportunities," said SEDCOR President Chad Freeman. "The event gives us an opportunity to step back and recognize the importance of vision, creativity and strategic partnerships in growing healthy businesses and communities."


More than 300 SEDCOR members, civic and government officials were in attendance. The event was sponsored by Bank of the Cascades and Willamette University MBA.


The awards honored the following outstanding companies and individuals:


Community Service: KeyBank

Business Partner of the Year: Sherman, Sherman, Johnnie & Hoyt

Outstanding Public/Private Partnership: Make it in the Willamette Valley project

Agri-Business of the Year Award: Boshart Trucking

Outstanding SEDCOR Construction Alliance Member: John Gooley, Withers Lumber

Manufacturer of the Year: CabDoor


The event also was occasion for SEDCOR’s Annual Meeting. Freeman presented the organization’s annual report. He acknowledged the board of directors, staff, and members for their role in stimulating $60 million of new investment this past year that added or retain nearly 400 new jobs in the region.


“Economic development is a team sport,” Freeman said. “We see this every day in our partnerships, whether the private companies we work with, our public sector partners, or others. We are only as strong as the team.”


Details about the awards, and the award recipients, are provided below. SEDCOR’s Annual Report is available for download at





Strategic Economic Development Corporation is the lead economic development entity for Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley. The 400-member nonprofit association leverages strong public and private partnerships to aggressively retain and attract high value jobs and capital investment to Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties of Oregon. 




Community Service: KeyBank


This award is given to the organization that provides services to the community, has been active with SEDCOR, and who exemplifies the highest business ethical standards. The award was received by John Nolting, KeyBank Regional Sales Leader.


KeyBank is playing a key role in helping 50 kids attend college this year, including Salem resident Maria Casilla Perez. Perez is a student at Western Oregon University with a dream of owning and operating a group home for unwed teen parents and victims of domestic violence. She is a volunteer working with migrant families and the $1,500 scholarship she received from the KeyBank Latino Scholarship Program is helping her achieve that dream.


This year KeyBank gave approximately $75,000 in scholarships to students across Oregon. These students are juniors and seniors at their respective colleges and universities who have demonstrated a commitment to community service and civic involvement.


KeyBank also supports a variety of community events. These included the “Neighbors Make a Difference Day” benefitting the Marion Polk Food Share, the “United Way Day of Caring” and the local “Pride Parade” with its kickoff Event and Dining Out to Fight Aids fundraiser.


KeyBank and its employees have played a vital role in helping students and the community through many acts of giving and serving.



Business Partner of the Year: Sherman, Sherman, Johnnie and Hoyt


This award is given to a company who has been active with SEDCOR and who has exemplified the best qualities of corporate citizenship by contributing significantly to the community and to the successful operation of SEDCOR programs.  The award was received by Ken Sherman Jr., Gina Johnnie and Mark Hoyt.


As SEDCOR looks for opportunities to expand local businesses and attract new ones, Sherman, Sherman, Johnnie and Hoyt is working to help its clients expand existing relationships and identify new opportunities. 


The law firm is a committed partner to SEDCOR – financially, on the SEDCOR board, and by supporting its events. In addition to generous sponsorships, every attorney is encouraged to attend SEDCOR events forums relevant to their business. Behind every event, such as the Envision 2016 event in May, businesses like Sherman, Sherman, Johnnie and Hoyt are making them possible through their support.


Just as SEDCOR is focusing its efforts to help provide economic stability in our communities, Sherman, Sherman Johnnie and Hoyt is helping provide stability to their clients by managing their risks and solving their problems. The firm considers its support and participation in SEDCOR as much more than smart business; it’s a partnership. They value SEDCOR’s support of the community and consider it an extension of their mission. 


It is businesses like Sherman, Sherman Johnnie and Hoyt that provide the encouragement and support that SEDCOR employees and members need to thrive.



Outstanding Public/Private Partnership: Make it in the Mid-Willamette Valley


This award recognizes outstanding cooperation on a project or initiative with public benefit in mind. The award celebrates the collaboration of private industry and public sector organizations.


The award was received by Make It In the Mid-Willamette Valley partners Marion County, Yamhill County, Polk County, Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments, OMEP, and Incite.


Soundbites make it seem like government and local businesses are as separate as oil and water.

However, public and private partnerships continue to thrive and are having a huge impact on the ability for businesses to grow and create new jobs. The Make It In The Mid-Willamette Valley Project is one of those partnerships.


The project was started in 2013 with a two point two million dollar grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments and SEDCOR, along with Incite and the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership.


These funds have helped keep businesses and jobs at home and to help train local workers to meet the needs businesses have. The Make It In The Mid-Willamette Valley project is helping local businesses identify opportunities with on-the-ground involvement in Yamhill, Polk, and Marion counties. It’s supported by Yamhill, Polk, and Marion counties, as well as Portland General Electric and Pacific Power.


The three-year project has cut barriers to growth and helped to support an innovative and collaborative culture for businesses in the region.



Agri-Business of the Year Award: Boshart Trucking


This award is presented to a business who has been active in SEDCOR, has demonstrated excellence in agri-business and who supports and maintains the significant role and future of agriculture in our economy. Shelly Boshart Davis received the award.


The Willamette Valley straw market would not be what it is today without the forward thinking and ingenuity of brothers Stan and Gene Boshart and Boshart Trucking.


In 1984, the brothers tackled the problems of an industry in turmoil. By providing services along the entire distribution chain, Boshart Trucking is helping farmers and the international market get what they need.


Boshart Trucking has also established itself as a community partner. The company is dedicated to helping local non-profits such as kids’ youth and sports associations, the YMCA, the Farm Bureau, Future Farmers of America and many others.


Additionally, Boshart Trucking is taking the time, effort and finances to employ young men and women and teach them the value of hard work and safety while also instilling tools to help them be productive and efficient in all aspects of their lives. They aren’t seen as tractor drivers, but as tomorrow’s mechanics, doctors and engineers.



Outstanding SEDCOR Construction Alliance Member: John Gooley, Withers Lumber


For more than a decade John Gooley has played a key role in projects that have helped continue the mission of area non-profits and events that give back. At the same time, he is building relationships between the community and the SEDCOR Construction Alliance.


His commitment of time and resources helped the SEDCOR Construction Alliance, in Partnership with Extreme Makeover, rebuild the Oregon School for the Deaf dormitory and the haunted house it uses as a fundraiser each October. As a member and president of the Oktoberfest Board, he played a vital role in helping the SEDCOR Construction Alliance and its members to build the Festhalle in Mount Angel, which is not only used during Oktoberfest but by groups year round.


When OFRI and The Oregon Garden wanted a location where people could learn about forestry, John, with support from Withers Lumber, secured donations of cash, materials and labor for the Oregon Forest Research Institute Discovery Pavilion.


John Gooley is helping the SEDCOR Construction Alliance to do good things throughout the community



Manufacturer of the Year: CabDoor, Salem Ore.


This award recognizes an outstanding manufacturer that is making world-class products, creating job opportunities and strengthening communities. It is given to the individual or company who has been active in SEDCOR, made contributions to the industry and community and is considered a successful operator exemplifying the highest business ethical standards. The award was received by Cliff Stites, Chuck Freeman and Michael Fowler.


Passion runs deep for a Salem company with humble beginnings.


Cliff Stites and Chuck Freeman started CabDoor in Salem in 1989 and in the nearly three decades since, it has continued to grow into a company with 200 employees and a sixty-six thousand square foot facility. The company has also built a strong partnership with SEDCOR throughout those years, and added another partner, Michael Fowler.


In 2006, CabDoor was struggling with a surge in demand, inefficiencies in production and a higher number of product defects. SEDCOR introduced the company to the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership and since that time, CabDoor has undergone a massive transformation. Because of this, the company has been able to produce forty percent more in less space and give their customers the quality they demand.


CabDoor is living out its Mission of Success – Success for its employees – Success for its customers and Success for the community. The three owners and their team are continuing to build a CabDoor culture around shared values, creating win-wins and by doing the right thing and making it better.




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