Businesses honored for years of service

| August 29, 2013

COSHOCTON – State Representative Bill Hayes was in Coshocton County Aug. 29 to present certificates to several area businesses for their years of commitment to the community.

“I’m introducing myself to people in the district and honoring businesses that have been around for a long time and provided jobs for people in my district,” he said.

Hayes’ first stop was RockTenn, which is celebrating 150 years in Coshocton.

The Fourth Street plant employees 235 people, has a $14 million payroll and a history in the community dating back to 1863.

“You’ve had an impact on the community and its people and the investments you’ve made in the plant show that you are here to stay,” Hayes said.

Kiefer’s Florist also was honored for 100 years of business.

“With the way the economy has been in Coshocton for the last eight to 10 years, I’m so thankful that we were able to reach the 100 year mark,” said Ed Kiefer, owner. “Business is coming back and so is Coshocton’s economy. There are a lot of people trying to make that happen and I feel if everybody does a little bit the community will be able to stand on its own.”

The business was started by Ed’s grandfather, Andrew Kiefer.

Another family owned business honored Aug. 29, was Triplitt Pharmacy.

The Main Street business is celebrating 85 years of business and store manager Tom Kirker was happy Hayes came to town to recognize that achievement.

“This is a validation to the quality of service we provide to our customers,” he said.

The business is owned by Jean Triplitt who took it over when her husband George Triplitt Jr. died in 2000.

“Mom has kept this place going,” said Teresa Kirker, Tom’s wife.

Teresa and her sister Cyndy Triplitt-Vasilakos are part owners in the business.

While in Coshocton County, Hayes also celebrated milestones with Kraft Foods, the Jones Metal Products Company, Yankee Wire Cloth Products, Inc. and Pearl Valley Cheese.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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