Franklin County businesses honored at appreciation dinner

 

by: Jennifer Fitch, Herald Mail

SHADY GROVE, Pa. — The Franklin County (Pa.) Area Development Corp. recognized Johnnies Inc., Ulta Beauty’s distribution center and James S. Junkin with awards Thursday night.

The development corporation hosted its 31st annual industry-appreciation dinner in front of a capacity crowd at Green Grove Gardens.

With 40 employees and multiple locations, family-owned Johnnies Inc. was named the organization’s Small Business of the Year.

The business supplies restaurants with bulk supplies, and has a pair of cash-and-carry sites for walk-in customers.

Its support of civic and nonprofit organizations includes the Franklin County Career and Technology Center, Rotary Club of Chambersburg (Pa.) and Occupational Services Inc. The average tenure of its employees is 24 years.

God “continues to shower our community with blessings beyond belief,” representative Rod Hocker said.

The Ulta Beauty distribution center in Chambersburg is the 2017 Large Business of the Year.

Six hundred employees there support Ulta Beauty’s 1,000 retail stores, each of which sells cosmetics, hair-care products and fragrances.

The distribution center ships 100 million units per year to retail stores.

Bill Boltz, the distribution center’s director, recognized the center’s team members, in part for their charitable giving and service to the community.

The development corporation selected James S. “Jim” Junkin, of Willow Hill, Pa., as the 25th recipient of its Zane A. Miller Award. which recognizes contributions in business, civic commitment and volunteerism.

Junkin has been active in family farming since 1997. The nomination recognized his crop- and livestock-management techniques, as well as his advocacy for continuing education.

Junkin has served as board president for the Fannett-Metal School District, president of the Franklin County Farm Bureau and vice president of the development corporation. He also is involved with the Metal Volunteer Fire Co. and Franklin Learning Center.

“This man gives incredibly of his time and talents,” said L. Michael Ross, president of the development corporation.

Junkin said he tries to surround himself with good people.

“Truly, I’m extremely humbled and honored with this award,” he said.