PARIS – KBS Inc., Saunders Brothers, John Schiavi and the Oxford County Agricultural Society were named 2003 Economic Development Award winners by the Growth Council of Oxford Hills.

The four honorees will be recognized at the growth council’s eighth annual dinner Sept. 23.

The dinner allows the growth council, also known as EnterpriseMaine, to “give special recognition to businesses and community organizations that have made a positive impact on the western Maine economy in the year 2003,” said spokesperson Marcy Boughter.

Robert Farnham of KBS Inc. is being honored “for his investment and leadership at KBS Inc. resulting in the creation of over 100 manufacturing jobs in Paris.”

Saunders Brothers is being honored for “their investment in the expansion of Keiser Industries, the reopening of the manufacturing operation in Locke Mills and the long-standing leadership in wood products manufacturing in the region.”

John Schiavi, developer and owner of Schiavi Homes, is being honored for his leadership in helping to bring CCS Companies to Oxford and for his long-standing contributions to the regional economy.

The Oxford County Agricultural Society is being honored for its construction of the first harness racing track to be built in Maine since 1946.

In addition to economic development and service award recognitions, EnterpriseMaine will recognize new businesses, expansions, modernizations and new owners in Oxford Hills. The agenda will also include an update from Chief Executive Officer Brett Doney.

Reservations for the dinner at El Dorado Restaurant in South Paris may be made by calling the Growth Council at 743-8830 or e-mailing [email protected]

Sponsors for the event include Verizon, Northeast Bank and Maine-Land Development


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