Therma-Tron-X owner Brad Andreae earned something only two others have received during Thursday’s Door County Economic Development Corporation’s Annual Investors Meeting at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay.
Andreae was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, joining Fran Shefchik of PortSide Builders and Ellsworth Peterson of Peterson Builders as the only business owners to ever earn the Lifetime Achievement Award from the DCEDC. He was recognized for not just the growth his company has experienced but for his philanthropy in the community, specifically the $2 million he committed to help Sevastopol School District upgrade its technical education and athletic facilities.
Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding received The Lighthouse Award for being the Established Business of the Year after completing the first Great Lakes freighter in nearly 40 years. Door Candle Company was honored with The Lightkeeper Award for being the Women-and-Minority-Owned Business of the Year after owner Christiana Gorchynsky Trapani and her husband Nic helped raise over $1 million for Razom for Ukraine through their candle sales. Peach Barn Farmhouse and Brewery was given The Range Lights Award for being the New Business of the Year.
The annual event also featured presentations from DCEDC Executive Director Michelle Lawrie, DCEDC Board Chairperson Brian Stephens, and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Vice President of Business and Community Development Mike Ward.