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Business, businessman honoured for making Delhi a beautiful place

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A local business and business man are being recognized by the Delhi and District Chamber of Commerce for making Delhi a more beautiful place.

“We thought it was worthy of recognizing them for improving the overall impression of the town,” said chamber president John Stanczyk.

The Tillsonburg-based company E&E McLaughlin is being recognized for their repurposing of the former Delhi Industries building on Main Street.

“It's great. We weren't expecting anything like that,” said Ed McLaughlin, one of the owners. “We like our buildings to look nice.”

The building was purchased by the company in the summer of 2012 after the former manufacturer of industrial fans ceased production in 2010.

The building was given a fresh coat of paint and minor repairs to the roof and some windows were made. It is now used as a warehouse by one of E&E McLaughlin's tenants.

Local businessman Darren DeDobbelaer is also being recognized for demolishing the derelict building which once housed the Delhi Foundry on the west end of town.

DeDobbelaer purchased the former Foundry site in June, 2012 and it was demolished a short time later in the summer.

DeDobbelaer could not be reached for comment before press time about the award.

In January, he told the News-Record he was preparing engineering drawings for a seniors apartment building, however the project was in the preliminary stages. At the time, he noted whatever he decided to do with the property would need to have community support.

The awards will be presented at the Delhi and District Chamber of Commerce's annual general meeting on May 1 at the Delhi Polish Alliance of Canada's hall. The social will begin at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $25 each and are available at the Delhi Pharmasave downtown.

 

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