As reported in The Brantford Expositor, a local builder and three longstanding companies were recognized at the Brantford Economic Development Advisory Committee annual industrial appreciation luncheon on Friday.
Vicano Construction Ltd. was presented with this year’s Ambassador Award, while three companies – ACIC Pharmaceuticals Inc., The Marco Corp. and Beck’s Printing Services – were recognized for their longevity.
The awards were presented at the Brantford Golf and Country Club. This is the 11th year that the committee has partnered with the Rotary Club of Brantford to host the luncheon.
Allan Lovett, chair of the committee, said Vicano’s name is evident throughout the community.
“You would be hard pressed to drive through an industrial or commercial area of the city and not see their familiar company logo on signs or equipment signalling yet another construction project aimed at attracting businesses and jobs to Brantford,” he said.
“We’re pleased to salute a family company that, for more than 40 years, has developed, designed and constructed buildings in our community.”
The Ambassador Award recognizes companies or individuals that have supported or contributed to the economic development of Brantford.
Founded by Peter Vicano in 1975, the company has completed more than 700 commercial, industrial and institutional projects worth more than $100 million. The company’s executive team includes Vicano, who is president, and his sons, Michael, project manager, Marc, project manager, and Paul, development manager.
The company also employs on site personnel, sub-trades and has many suppliers.
“It’s quite an honour to receive this,” said Peter Vicano. “We’re humbled by it.
“As much as we’ve done, we have plans to do more and large projects. What drives us is a sense of accomplishment when projects are completed and occupied.”
Watching projects get completed is “most gratifying,” he added.
Vicano noted there are a lot of great companies in Brantford that manufacture and distribute products globally.
The three companies honoured for their longevity were each established in 1973.
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