business of the year

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. President Dick Leinenkugel, third from left, accepts the award for Business of the Year on Friday at Chippewa Valley Music Festival’s main stage in Cadott. Also on stage, from left, are CCEDC President Charlie Walker, musician Darryl Worley and Gov. Scott Walker.

The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. was named Business of the Year on Friday during the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation’s annual meeting and awards ceremony.

The Chippewa Falls brewery, which will celebrate its 150th anniversary in August, has introduced improvements to its brewing process, including a new $7 million filtration system, according to company president Dick Leinenkugel. The company has also introduced 10 new beers in the past three years.

The Business of the Year is sponsored by Chippewa Valley Newspapers.

The CCECD’s annual meeting was held at the Chippewa Valley Music Festival’s main stage in Cadott. Country musician Darryl Worley was the guest speaker and performer.

Gov. Scott Walker also spoke at the ceremony and praised the Chippewa County business community for adding and retaining good-paying jobs.

After the meeting, Walker traveled to Chippewa Falls, where he helped break ground on the new Mills Fleet Farm distribution center being built at the Lake Wissota Business Park.

Other nominees for Business of the Year were:

Dove Healthcare, which opened a new $5 million facility in Bloomer in January. It also made significant improvements to its two other facilities.

Moonridge Brewing Co. in Cornell, which plans to expand its brewery and brew pub in the future.

Chippewa Valley Music Festival, which runs the Country Fest and Rock Fest shows each year outside Cadott.

Also honored were Cook Chiropractic, as entrepreneur of the year; CBS Squared as construction industry partner of the year; Regional Business Fund Inc., as economic development partner of the year; and Dr. Mary Randall, who is retiring as superintendent of the Bloomer School District, for economic development leadership.

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