LIGONIER, Ind. — The Ligonier Chamber of Commerce named Larry Stahly, founder and owner of Stahly Quality Printing in Ligonier since 1983, as the recipient of the Chamber’s Citizen of the Year Award at the annual Chamber banquet Tuesday evening.
The Chamber also named Silgan Plastics as the local Business of the Year, and chose two local teenagers as the recipients of the first Young Person of the Year award during the annual awards banquet held at the Ligonier United Methodist Church.
Outgoing Chamber president Carla Lucas presented the award to Stahly, citing his long service to the community as a member and officer in the Lions Club, his service as a Mason, and his participation in the original Strawberry Valley Days Festival and now the Marshmallow Festival.
Stahly also is a member of the Ligonier United Methodist Church and the Chamber of Commerce.
Stahly thanked the Chamber for the honor, and expressed his conviction that the current increase in volunteer community activities point to even better days ahead for Ligonier.
Incoming Chamber president Margarita White presented the Business of the Year Award to Silgan.
The award was accepted by Suzanne Kistler, regional human resources assistant for the company.
In accepting the award for the company, Kistler cited the strong community ties of the company illustrated by the multi-generational commitment of many local families as employees.
White pointed out that Silgan Plastics has been an important contributor to the Ligonier Community since October 1957 when the local plant opened.
One of largest producers of plastic bottles in the United States, as well as one of the largest users of recycled plastic in the production process, Silgan currently employs 450 people at the Ligonier plant.
Chamber board member Bob Buttgen presented the first Young Person of the Year Award to joint honorees Justin Stech and Christina Peña.
Along with strong records as students and in local churches, both teenagers have made a personal investment in community building and rebuilding: Stech in travel with church service teams to areas hurt by Hurricane Katrina, and Peña in repeated travel and fund-raising support for development in a Nicaraguan community.
The Chamber’s Presidential Award was presented to outgoing president Lucas, for her leadership and work on Chamber and community projects.
New officers for the Chamber in the coming year include incoming president White, who has been a key contributor to the Celebrate Diversity Project, vice president Julie Buttgen, treasurer Lori Cunningham, and secretary Deb Imbody.
The Chamber board of directors for the coming year will be Lucas, Bob Buttgen and Jolene Durham.