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From left: Rob Grimm, Dirk Mumford, Brian Propst, Denise Propst Stoneroad, Kenneth Propst Jr., Jonathan Watt, John Mele and Steve Durkin.

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The Carbondale Grand Hotel and Convention Center was the recent setting for the Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce 12th annual Celebrating Progress Dinner.

Newly appointed board president Michele Bannon welcomed the 150-plus attendees and reminisced about some of the progress over the past 12 years,

“If you were sitting exactly where you are at this very minute you would be sitting next to the Irving Theater. You would be either purchasing plumbing supplies from Jamie Walsh at Singers or visiting the Magistrate.”

Executive director Laure E. Carlo presented member recognition awards to chamber members for the progress they made over the past year. They included:

• Grimm Construction of Waymart, a family-owned-and-operated business established in 1975 by Charles Grimm and now operated by his son Rob, with more than 90 employees. Grimm Construction’s biggest accomplishment for 2016 was the renegotiating and securing of a long-term lease on the Rite-Aid on Main Street in Carbondale. Renovations have taken place and a drive-thru has been added to the building, therefore keeping Rite Aid as an anchor in downtown Carbondale.

• Hendrick Manufacturing celebrated its 140th anniversary this past October. It remains family-owned since 1876.

• JAM Works LLC was established in 2007 and has become a provider of robotics, equipment and factory automations. JAM Works designs and fabricates robotic work cells and equipment for diverse industrial applications. company president John Mele purchased the current facility in 2014. Today there are a total of 13 associates.

• Propst Transportion, which was founded in the mid-1960s with 10 school buses and now provides school bus transportation to three school districts and handles various tyoes ot trips with coach busses and rented vans and recently opened Archbald Title & Tag.

• Dirk Mumford, chairman of the board at the Wayne Memorial Health System, highlighted the strides they have made, including opened a heart and vascular center featuring a cardiac catherization laboratory and opening a satellite office of the Women’s Health Center in Carbondale.

Guest speaker and Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce board member Paul Gallager noted that a recent member survey found that the YMCA in Carbondale was ranked in the top 20 among more than 500 YMCAs across the nation.