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Business of the Year

The Monticello-Jasper County Chamber of Commerce announces the Business of The Year at their Annual Meeting each year.  Nominations open in December and the recipient is announced in January (at the Annual Meeting).

2018 Business of the Year Nomination Form for 2017 Business of the Year

Business of The Year Recipients

2015  Heartland Clinic of Chiropractic – Lyndsy Holman
2016  Norton Packaging Industries – Jim Skinner



Norton Packaging Industries
2016 Business of the Year

In nominating Norton Packaging, the Betty Jean Jordan reviewed Norton’s successful plant here in Monticello. The company that has had headquarters on the west coast since its founding in 1901, decided in 2012 to come to Jasper County. During the 2013 groundbreaking ceremony, Scott Norton said, “We were drawn here by the advantageous business climate, and we look forward to becoming an integral part of the community.”

“Norton has, indeed, become an integral part of the community and has had a phenomenal rate of growth. On March 24, 2014, the Monticello facility began production with a five year goal of hiring 42 employees. By June 2, 2014, Norton had begun operating 24 hours per day, seven days per week. And the end of 2016, Norton Packaging in Monticello has 66 employees. Sixty of the employees live in Jasper County,” the nomination form said.

Norton’s employees also enjoy a benefits program, bonus program, incentive program, annual safety award program and a 401K profit sharing program.
Norton’s community participation includes Chamber of Commerce membership; Deer Festival scholarship program, Deer Dash sponsorship, support of local schools, and the development of an internship program for students.  It is committed to using local service providers for product rucking, plumbing, building maintenance, and landscaping.

Heartland Clinic of Chiropractic
2015 Business of the Year


Heartland Clinic of Chiropractic was named the Monticello-Jasper County 2015 Business of the Year at the COC’s annual dinner meeting held last Thursday at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in northern Jasper County.  “No matter who it is or where you are in our great little town, when this business’ name is mentioned everyone smiles and starts singing its praises,” said Skip Davis, 2016 chair of the COC.

“This business takes the health of Jasper Countians personal. Their mission is to “Restore Health Naturally” and that is exactly what they do! You can witness the huge impact of this business just by watching the wide variety of patients in the often, full to capacity, waiting room.

“Testimonials abound from both young and old to the care and relief this facility offers to all patients,” said Mr. Davis.

“After normal business hours, you can find this staff educating the community through complimentary workshops, health and spinal screenings and Wellness for Women workshops. It is not unusual to find them anywhere from churches to business events sharing wisdom of how the body can naturally heal itself.

“The true value of this business is their investment in the people of this community,” said Mr. Davis.

“Building a better you is the first step to building a better America.” Zig Ziglar has said.

“Monticello-Jasper County is truly a better place because of Heartland Clinic of Chiropractic, Dr. Lyndsy Holman & staff,” is how Mr. Davis closed his remarks. Then, Dr. Holman thanked everyone and encouraged her staff to join her at the podium. Staff members include Shelby Parrish, Susan Denney and Cheri Shaw.

This was the first business to receive the designation as “Business of the Year” by the coc, and is the beginning of a new tradition as the COC plans to continue this category each year, along with the Citizen of the Year which has been a tradition for many years. The meeting is tentatively scheduled for January 24, 2017, and will take place again at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. For more information on the COC, call 706-468-8994. All businesses and individuals are invited to join.

Article by The Monticello News

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