Auto Tech in Dyersville has been honored as the Dyersville Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 “Business of the Year.” The honor came during the Chamber’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday night at the Dyersville Commercial Club Park Pavilion. Owner Larry Benn says it was an honor he wasn’t expecting.
Auto Tech was named “Business of the Year” for donating to multiple non-profit organizations, providing three scholarships to three area schools and even purchasing items for families so they could cook a warm Thanksgiving meal. Auto Tech also invites local fourth-grade students for a tour as part of their Career Day and gives them an opportunity to “paint in the booth”. The employees work with Western Dubuque and Platteville schools to get industry-related activities into their curriculum to engage interest in the industry. And, in 2016, they gave away a car to a community member in need of transportation.
Benn says he’s grateful their business calls Dyersville home.
The four other businesses nominated for “Business of the Year” included Comfort Inn, Deutmeyer Auto Advantage, Theisen’s and Woodland Eye Clinic.
Those nominated businesses have experienced changes in recent years, including new locations, expansions, renovations and mergers. And Dyersville Chamber Director Karla Thompson says 2017 brought some changes to the Chamber itself, too.
And Thompson says they’re looking forward to a great year ahead.
During the business portion of the meeting, outgoing Dyersville Chamber Board President Al Brunsmann of J & L Lumber passed the gavel onto new president Rob Blush of FarmTek. And following entertainment from comedian David Drake, Carmen Knipper was drawn as the winner of the 50/50 Raffle. And the infamous pig statue (that gets passed each year from business to business) was passed onto Lisa Maiers of Community Savings Bank in Dyersville… look for the pig on display in their business this coming year!