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Karen Slawinski represented JDI at this year’s Defiance County Economic Development (DCED) annual meeting and awards banquet on April 18th.

It was a morning of networking and celebrating the pride of the Defiance County Community. The JDI Group is a proud investor of this dynamic organization!

The theme of this year’s event was The Pride of Defiance County. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow”.

Highlights of the 2023 celebrations:

  • Several Pride of Defiance County award winners
    • Downtown Business Of The Year – Crystal Fountain Park, Sherwood
    • Veteran-Owned Business of The Year – Dari Delite, Hicksville
    • Family-Owned Business Of The Year – ARC Solutions, Hicksville
    • Best Place To Work – APG, Defiance
    • Best New Business – Choice Physical Therapy, Hicksville
    • Best In The Industry – Northwest Real Estate Services, Defiance
    • Excellence In Innovation – General Motors, Defiance
    • Defiance County Business of The Year – Grube, Inc.
  • Recent wins: General Motors, Arp’s Dairy, the Geenex Renewable Project, Pontiac Logistics, and Keller Logistics.

The biggest celebration goes to Erika Willitzer, Executive Director, Paige Johnson, Assistant Executive Director, and Dave Hire, Marketing Manager, for their commitment, creativity, and service to Defiance County!