Chamber Celebrates Local Businesses at Annual Gala

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WARREN, Pa. – The Warren County Chamber of Business & Industry recognized several businesses during its annual Gala on Thursday for numerous accomplishments.

Among those was the Rouse Home, which dates back to the 1800s and was honored by the Chamber for 160 years of service to Warren County.

“It’s remarkable to think how much the world has changed over the last 160 years,” said Rouse CEO Susan Teconchuk. “Life expectancy was 39 at the time and now it’s doubled. The Civil War still had three years left and the Wright brothers were 41 years out.”

Teconchuk highlighted the mission of the Rouse, which is to improve the quality of life for those who cannot fully care for themselves.

“We look forward to accepting this award in another 160 years,” she said.

Also recognized were Gaughn’s Drug Store (105 years), the Kiwanis Club and Ruth M. Smith Center (100 years), Senior Helpers (20 years), Cameron Energy (10 years), and Mama Janes (one year).

“We’re very appreciative for the recognition,” said John Stewart of Cameron Energy. “Warren County is blessed with rich oil and natural gas resources. We’re in the middle of the oldest oil-producing field in the world and we should be thankful for that.”

In addition, Ekey’s Marketplace and Warren General Hospital were recognized for excellence in growth and expansion.

“When I purchased Ekey’s in 2019, I had no idea what I was doing,” Antoinetta Lindell said. “Hopefully, we’re doing a good job of figuring it out.”

The Chamber also recognized four new businesses for their excellence – Lander Hope Clinic, Lonnie’s Pizza, Rocket Detailing, and Straight off the Block, while DewBoi Properties, Midtown Motors and Pa. American Water received the Investment in the Community Award.

“I want to thank Warren County for all their support in our two years of business,” said Rocco DelPrince, owner of Rocket Detailing. “ I have a great supporting cast. Shout out to my wife (Rebecca DelPrince) for letting me be there every evening and weekends.”

Ryan Irwin of Pa. American Water perhaps said it best when talking about the people and places in Warren County.
“We live in a beautiful area with great people,” he said.