Area businesses, organization, local leader receive BBB Torch Awards
By kALEA HALL
Ethics and integrity are core values of each Better Business Bureau Torch Award recipient.
“Their honesty and integrity shine through no matter how difficult the situation,” said Carol Potter, president of the Valley’s BBB.
The recipients are: Hickey Metal Fabrication of Salem; MS Consultants Inc. of Youngstown; M7 Technologies of Youngstown; Jensen Lock and Alarm of Youngstown; The Butler Institute of American Art; and Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel.
The Better Business Bureau that serves Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties hosted the 2016 Torch Awards at The Lake Club on Wednesday afternoon.
Business and organization leaders attended the event to honor this year’s recipients.
Hickey Metal Fabrication is a fourth-generation, family-owned company that grew from a small roofing company to a large metal fabricator with customers all over the world.
“Each generation strives to leave a stronger company for the next generation,” Potter said.
Leo Hickey, president of the company, accepted the award.
“We take pride in our quality,” he said. “Our customer base relies on our quality and our excellent work.”
MS Consultants opened its first office in 1963 in Youngstown. The full-service engineering, architecture and planning firm experienced steady growth through the years. The company is in its second generation of ownership and has expanded into five states.
Potter referred to the next recipient, M7 Technologies, as a company with an American story.
The business started in 1918 to produce bronze castings for the U.S. steel industry.
M7 Technologies was launched in March 2004. The company works to “reduce manufacturing costs, improve product and service quality, and to reduce the cycle time required to manufacture or repair heavy industrial products through the application of digital database technology and advanced measurements systems,” according to its website.
Jensen Lock and Alarm professional locksmith company has been in operation since 1955. The family-owned business has expanded through the years to include sales, service and installation of all commercial and residential locks and automotive security services.
“I have always believed that if we surround ourselves with the right people, we would be successful,” said Lou O’Neill, owner of Jensen.
The Butler Institute of American Art, which received the Torch Award for Nonprofit Excellence, was founded in 1919 by Joseph G. Butler Jr. as the first museum of American art.
The museum has more than 20,000 individual works, and it is known worldwide as “America’s Museum,” according to its website.
Tressel, who received the Torch Award for Civic Leadership, is the ninth president of YSU. He took on the title in July 2014 and since then, enrollment has increased, the university has received numerous donations and plans for campus expansion are ongoing.
“I am not exactly sure what civic leadership is,” Tressel said. “Leadership is what actions you take to serve others. We do believe that we need to be a huge part of what’s going on. Whatever it is, we need to be there for the Valley.”
Also awarded at the event were the BBB’s Ethics and Integrity Scholarships sponsored by Sweeney Auto Group and Farmers Trust Co. The 2016 Ethics and Integrity Scholarship recipients and affiliated accredited businesses are: Francesca Hierro of Poland Seminary High School, Home Savings & Loan; Jaret M. Johnson of Niles McKinley High School, Huntington Bank; Katherine Landry of Poland Seminary High School, Area Agency on Aging 11; Rebeka Simon of Ursuline High School, SEECC, Inc; and Beau R. Weaver of Poland Seminary High School, MIP Inc.