2017-12-01 / Community

City announces 2017 business awards

The third annual South Portland Business Awards Reception was scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 29 at Marriott at Sable Oaks, where the city honored five local businesses for their contributions to a strong and vibrant South Portland Business community. They are:

Santo “Sam” DiPietro Community Impact Award: Hannaford Distribution Center

Hannaford Distribution Center has a long history of community involvement in South Portland. Two recent initiatives are noteworthy, as they benefit some of the community’s most needy residents. Hannaford Distribution Center has, for the past few years, provided turkeys, gift cards and other food items to the South Portland community for Thanksgiving. They have collaborated with the South Portland Police Department, which facilitates the delivery of these items by South Portland police officers. Hannaford Distribution Center has also launched an annual fundraiser and motorcycle ride to raise funds for Camp POSTCARD, a program of the Volunteers of America – Northern New England, which sends disadvantaged students, including South Portland youth, to summer camp. Hannaford Distribution Center takes great pride in its community service and charitable giving and sets a great example for other businesses in the community.

New Business of the Year: Foulmouthed Brewing

Foulmouthed Brewing opened its doors in early 2016 in a renovated auto garage in the Knightville neighborhood. The owners chose to locate their business in South Portland after considering several other locations. Their investment in the community has helped to put the city on the map, from their unique and renowned brews to the impact the business has made in continuing the revitalization of Knightville. Foulmouthed is a small brewpub that pairs seasonally rotating cuisine and cocktails with rotating beers created on premise.

Small Business of the Year: Taco Trio

Taco Trio is a small restaurant in South Portland’s Knightville neighborhood. It provides high quality food and services to its patrons and attracts a crowd well beyond South Portland’s borders. In 2016, health and family issues caused Taco Trio to close, with a hope of eventually reopening. Their heartfelt message on the restaurant’s front door (in Spanish and English) created a wave of concern and good wishes in the community. Restaurants that close indefinitely rarely reopen, but Taco Trio demonstrated its resilience and reopened last winter. The news spread quickly, their kitchen expanded and they were back better than ever. When they did, there was a line out the door.

Business of the Year: Sebago Technics, Inc.

Sebago Technics is a growing South Portland-based company, having recently expanded at its 75 John Roberts Road location within the past year. It is a 100 percent employee-owned company that has demonstrated commitment, experience and responsiveness to its clients and the community. The company provides engineering, planning, surveying, landscape architecture and environmental services to companies, developers, landowners and the public sector for customers and projects, both large and small. Sebago Technics has assisted the city of South Portland with many projects, the most significant of which may be the recently completed Public Services Facility that came in ahead of schedule and under budget. Sebago Technics, Inc. is also committed to hiring Maine engineering graduates and especially students with links to the greater South Portland area. Sebago Technics, Inc. is a model business as both an employer and service provider.

Business Leader of the Year: Mark Duval (Duval’s Service Center)

Mark Duval opened Duval’s Service Center in 1985 on Cottage Road in South Portland. In 2000, the business moved to its current location at 20 Park Ave. Duval’s is a true family business that takes pride in the local community. Duval has set an example in the community as a business leader through years of community involvement, charitable giving and the reputation of he and his business as providing a high quality service that can be trusted. Duval is chairman of the Southern Maine Community College Foundation Board and has been active for many years as an advisor to the automotive program. Duval’s Service Center employs ASE-Certified Master Technicians and provides auto repairs, glass repair, painting and auto body work, tire repair and replacement, and provides a warranty on all parts and services.

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