Hutchins & Hutchins Wins the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber Woman-Owned Business Excellence Award!
A community starts with people and their personal dreams, which have a powerful impact on the world around them. Through the Business Excellence Awards the Chamber is able to recognize the outstanding success of exemplary businesses and individual leaders who are having an impact on their community.
As the premier business organization for the area serving Augusta County, Staunton and Waynesboro, the Chamber represents 700 diverse businesses that work together to stimulate the economy for this outstanding community.
H&H is home-grown and home-based. They’re a master equipment and supply facility, specializing in cleanrooms and associated components. Established in 1984 in the basement of a family home, they have over 30 years’ experience, and today have grown into a thriving company with multiple divisions.
H&H capitalized on recent growth in the government and pharmaceutical fields and responded to that opportunity by opening a division of the company called HutchMed Medical Supply. With this addition, expansion was needed.
The expansion will include a $224,000 investment towards expanding their infrastructure. This will accommodate the anticipated growth from additional industrial and government contracts. Consequently, this new growth will grow their employee base and provide 15 new jobs, over the course of the next three years, in Augusta County – an investment of which they are very proud. They believe in investing in people and making a difference in their local community, and they believe these efforts will do just that. H&H was recognized by Governor McAuliffe for creating these new jobs in the community.
As a small, woman-owned business H&H is certificated through the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD). They’re a registered GSA Advantage Supplier & Contract Holder, with 539 registered items and expanding. They have competitive sourcing access to major manufacturers, resulting in steady sales growth and exposer with GSA / FSS Contracts. They’re also federally recognized as a certified eVA Vendor and have access to USP797 & USP800 certified products.
The Business Excellence Awards recognizes the outstanding success of exemplary businesses and individual leaders who are having an impact on their community. Annette Medlin, President and CEO of the Chamber stated – “It was very positive reinforcement of all the great work our local businesses are doing when during the award nomination review our winners were referred to with the words ‘innovative, visionary, strategic, mentor, dedicated, charitable, humility’. This pattern just emphasizes the quality of business leadership we have here in the Augusta County region.”
H&H was nominated for the Woman-Owned Business Excellence Award, based on the following criteria:
- Must be at least 51-percent owned by one or more women, located in the Greater Augusta Region
- Management and daily business operations must be controlled by one or more women
- Innovative products and services
- Active in community service
- Sound or innovative business practices
- Excellent customer service
President Becky Wiseman said she was shocked to learn that her business was awarded the Woman-Owned Business Excellence Award by the Chamber. Wiseman said that even though she has faced challenges in the business community because she is a woman, she hopes this award will encourage other women to stay strong in their leadership roles and follow their dreams. “Every woman in business out there should feel deserving of being able to run a business and to continue and not to give up,” said Wiseman. Interview with the President.
The Chamber celebrated excellence in business and honored each Business Excellent Award Winner at their Annual Meeting and Business Excellence Awards Ceremony.
Feel free to visit their Website or contact them direct at 1-800-554-4763. One of their Sales Consultants will be happy to assist you. Whether you’re outfitting a new cleanroom or restocking an existing one, you can depend on Hutchins & Hutchins, Inc. as Your Cleanroom Supplier®.