Hooven-Dayton Corporation (HDC), a label converter in Dayton, OH, USA, has received two top business awards from the Dayton Business Journal. HDC president and CEO Christopher Che was named “Executive of the Year,” and Hooven-Dayton was named “Manufacturing Business of the Year.” In addition, HDC was a finalist in the Minority Business category. The criteria for selection included the company’s 2010 achievements, community support, financial information, employee retention, and letters of support from clients.
In an article published in the journal, Che said, “Hiring the right people, investing in the right equipment and implementing new systems to adjust to the changing market” have been the keys to the company’s success. Che purchased HDC in 2007 and since then the company’s employment and sales have nearly doubled. Employment has remained steady during the economic downturn, he adds, and continual investment in new equipment has enabled HDC to keep up with customer demand and increased capacity.
Channon Lemon, executive director of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Minority Business Partnership, credits Che’s success as a business leader to his “financial background and understanding of the elements that are key to business success.” Lemon cited HDC’s “aggressive pursuit of customers within a very strong niche market and their ability to deliver superior value” as other factors in HDC’s growth.