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K&K, Louis Auto Glass win annual Whatcom business awards

Post Time:Dec 09,2011Classify:Industry NewsView:522

BELLINGHAM - A laser-cutting facility and a longtime auto glass shop were among the winners of the seventh annual Awards Banquet, hosted by the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry.


K&K Industries of Bellingham won the 2011 Small Business of the Year award, while Louis Auto Glass was selected as the Large Business of the Year.


The Awards Banquet was held Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Best Western Lakeway Inn & Conference Center.


William "Jake" Maberry and former state legislator Harriet Spanel were honored as Man of the Year and Woman of the Year. Prior to the banquet, Northwest Recycling was named the Green Business of the Year and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Washington was named Nonprofit of the Year.


The selection process was challenging in each of the categories this year, said Ken Oplinger, chamber president.


K&K Industries was established in 2004 by Sandy Keathley and Ben Kinnebrew and now serves about 300 clients. In the past year, K&K cut parts for three new ferries for the Washington state ferry system.


Louis Auto Glass is in its fourth generation of family ownership after being founded in 1928. The glass repair and replacement company serves about 15,000 customers a year in its Bellingham, Lynden and Mount Vernon facilities. Last year the company gave about $200,000 to a variety of local charities.


Maberry has played an integral role in the county's raspberry industry, having started growing raspberries in 1973. As the operation grew, Maberry Packing Inc. was created in 1982. He is also known for his prolific high school basketball coaching career, having compiled a 531-178 win-loss record for Lynden High School.


Spanel had a 22-year career serving in both the state House of Representatives and Senate. According to her tribute from the chamber, her legislative career had several policy themes, including children, education, environment and transportation.


Northwest Recycling was started by Louis Parberry Sr. in 1923 and brought curbside recycling pickup to Bellingham in 1989. It is currently managed by Carol Parberry and Marty Kuljis. Along with its efforts to keep reusable material out of landfills, it regularly supports a variety of local charities.

Source: www.bellinghamherald.comAuthor: shangyi

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