TRI-MER CORPORATION was presented with the 2018 Entrepreneur Award on Thursday, Jan. 11 by the Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce (SRCC). The award was created this year by the SRCC Membership and Marketing Committee to honor an individual or business that is a risk taker, shows initiative, and creates wealth and jobs for others, creating value in the county. Chemical Bank Community President Craig Bishop presented the award to Tri-Mer President John Pardell, Vice President Bret Ruess and CFO Charlene Hebekeuser, while also noting, “You (Tri-Mer) could run your business from anywhere, so thank you for choosing Owosso. We appreciate everything you do for the community.”

  Tri-Mer was established in 1960, and the company specializes in comprehensive air pollution control solutions. It is the world’s largest provider of catalytic ceramic filter systems. In the last 12 months, Tri-Mer has expanded their office space and doubled the size of their assembly building through new construction. Tri-Mer utilized a grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation for the expansion that created new, good-paying jobs in Shiawassee County. Due to the continued expansion of Tri-Mer Corporation, the city of Owosso was able to obtain a $325,000 Department of Transportation grant to rebuild McMillan Avenue, Monroe Street and Gould Street.

  “We do all we can for this community, and we intend to continue to expand what we are doing,” said Pardell, who joined Tri-Mer in 1972. “Our history is here and we love Owosso. We really had no idea we were going to be presented with this award today, and we are very honored to be selected.”

  Tri-Mer Corporation will be formally honored at the Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner on Thursday, Jan. 25 at D’Mar Banquet & Conference Center in Owosso. Tickets are available and can be purchased by contacting the chamber at (989) 723-5149.

(Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)

Entrepreneur Award was last modified: January 16th, 2018 by Karen Elford