Bloomfield Chamber awards Metal Tech, Schulte

Friday, November 10, 2017
Chamber President Brittany Libbert at Thursday’s dinner.
By Shad Cox

The Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce presents the Harvey Hannah award annually at its yearly meeting and banquet, held this year at the Shawnee Theatre on Nov. 9.

The Harvey Hannah Award has been bestowed since 1999 to members of the community who have shown outstanding contributions to Bloomfield, and are passionate about the town of Bloomfield and its citizens.

Hannah, a late Bloomfield veteran, educator and community-minded resident, left an endowment at his passing in to the Bloomfield Chamber, and the interest from that endowment is used annually to donate to a charity of the award recipient’s choice.

Hannah was an art and government teacher for 50 years at Jasonville, Solsberry and Bloomfield schools.

Along with being an educator, he donated his artistic talents to create sets for school plays. He also used his art to illustrate two childrens books, “Benny and Buster Bug” and “Benny and Buster Bug and Pokey Snail.”

Past award recipients include Bloomfield Manufacturing Company president and CEO Eric Harrah, Martha Glover, widow of former Bloomfield High School basketball coach, Guy Glover, Family Life Center Director Dianne Langer, president of Jordan and Vaught Insurance Max Jordan and Judy Branstetter, active in leading the Apple Festival Committee, the library board, concession stands at any event and the Greene County Literacy Board.

This year’s event was catered by Bloomfield’s Lighthouse Lunchbox, who provided a meal of salad, green beans, succotash, roast pork, swiss chicken and several decadent desserts.

The assembled guests were led in prayer by Bloomfield’s Matt Miller and an introduction was given by Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce President Brittany Libbert.

Libbert announced the completion of the Bloomfield maps, a long-awaited project for the Chamber, and told guests to help themselves to the maps on each table. She then made member announcements, including the date for next year’s circus in Bloomfield at UDWI REMC. The circus is scheduled for April 25, 2018.

Libbert next announced the winner of the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce 2018 Business of the Year award, Metal Technologies.

The Bloomfield manufacturing business opened at the site of the old KPT, Inc. tile plant in 2005. The location boasts 56 acres and 230,000 square feet, and manufactures parts for automotive companies, along with parts for other industries. In 2005, the company employed 25 local workers, and today has 260 employees on the payroll.

Metal Tech co-owner Doug Conrad accepted the award, thanking Metal Technologies general manager Tom MacIntosh, in attendance with wife and Metal Tech operations manager Laura MacIntosh.

Conrad gave a brief history of Metal Tech, and told the assembled guests Metal Tech has purchased the old Pamida building in Bloomfield, currently in use by the company for storage. He said the company has future plans for the site once improvements are made.

Chamber President Libbert next awarded Bloomfield’s Susie Schulte the 2018 Harvey Hannah award.

Unable to be present to accept the award, Schulte was represented by husband Don Schulte and daughter Kari Schulte.

Schulte spoke eloquently of his wife, detailing the similarities between her and the late Mr. Hannah.

“The Harvey Hannah award recognizes three very important things,” he said. “Education, bettering the lives of children and giving back to one’s community. Our recipient embodies all three with every breath.”

He next listed the achievements of his wife in those areas, including her more than 27 years teaching at Bloomfield Elementary, creating the school’s track and field day, a multitude of fundraising efforts organized by his wife, her work with the “Fill the Pool” committee and her tireless involvement with the “Greene ‘16” committee during the state’s bicentennial celebrations.

At the end of his speech, Schulte’s voice broke as struggled to keep his emotions in check, overcome with evident pride and admiration for his spouse, as daughter Kari beamed with love.

“Thank you,” he said. “We thank you.”

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