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County businesses receive governor’s award

Staff writer

The Building Center and CK Pharmacy were named regional recipients of the Governor’s Award of Excellence on Tuesday given to businesses deemed among the best in Kansas.

The Building Center employee John Wheeler said he was honored to receive the award.

While the business wasn’t among the four finalists, it was refreshing to see several building material companies on the regional list, Wheeler said.

The Building Center is the lone lumberyard in Marion County.

“I was pleasantly surprised,” he said. “Out of the 17 or 18 regional businesses nominated, three of us were lumberyards.”

CK Pharmacy, which has respective branches in Peabody, McPherson, and Moundridge, was nominated collectively.

While pharmacy owner Steve Kuder said he appreciated the honor, it caught him off guard.

It’s pretty neat,” he said. “I actually wasn’t aware of it.”

One of the benefits of working in smaller communities is that there is increased name recognition, owner Steve Kuder said.

“We try to keep it to small towns, we enjoy working in small communities,” he said.

According to Kansas Department of Commerce’s website, businesses must fall under one of four categories to be nominated — service, retail, manufacturing and distribution, or hospital and nonprofits.

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