Renze, Brazda receive honors
MANISTIQUE – Chuck Renze Ford and Brazda’s Heating and Refrigeration recently took home the Schoolcraft County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year award. The pair tied after a close race between three finalists for the honor.
According to chamber Director Connie Diller, 14 businesses were originally nominated for the award. Following voting, the three finalists, Chuck Renze Ford, Brazda’s Heating and Refrigeration, and Napa Auto Parts, received the same number of votes. In a tie-breaker, the votes came back at 21, 21, and 18, respectively.
“The purpose of the Business of the Year award is to recognize businesses that are tangible and have positive influence in the community,” Diller explained. “This year’s winners are basically service-oriented businesses, and the comments we heard most from voters was that they both provide good service, are friendly, and always come when you call.”
To be eligible for the Business of the Year award, businesses must be: well-established members of the business community; noticed for their efforts in assisting other groups and individuals; known for their good service(s), innovative products or entrepreneurship; and recognized for their overall image in the community.
The 2011 Business of the Year award recipient, mBank, had two representatives on hand to present each of this year’s winners with a plaque during the recent Schoolcraft County Chamber of Commerce banquet.
Chuck Renze Ford was recognized for their six and a half years in the community, and 75 years combined experience in the automotive field. The business was acknowledged for their efforts to cater products to the Manistique community, and also their support of community activities and organizations through service, products, and donations.
“It is truly an honor to be nominated by our peers for Business of the year. It would not be possible without our dedicated, hard working employees,” said owner Chuck Renze. “Manistique, like many small communities, is a very close knit community. Being an ‘outsider’ sometimes has had its challenges, but the people of Manistique have been great. We are proud to call Manistique home. We will continue to strive to provide quality products and services at a fair and completive price; on behalf of our employees, Carole (Renze) and myself.”
Brazda’s Heating and Refrigeration, a fully licensed HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) provider, has been serving Manistique for 13 years. The business was recognized for their many services, as well as their staff. It was also highlighted for its support of community organizations and activities.
In addition to the Business of the Year award, the banquet also included presentations for Person of the Year, Lisa Demers; Ambassador of the Year, Kathy White; and Junior Ambassadors of the Year, Cody Chartier and Kara Ziminski.