The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce kicked off the New Yr by recognizing two native enterprises — Cugini’s Pizzeria & Trattoria and the Okonite Firm — because the Companies of the Month for January.
This system, provided for the primary time in December, acknowledges two Santa Maria companies monthly which can be nominated by the neighborhood for recognition.
Chamber leaders are specializing in one women-owned enterprise and one other within the manufacturing sector every month, with awards introduced through the Tuesday assembly of the Metropolis Council.
Cugini’s Pizzeria & Trattoria, owned by Loise Pippin and positioned on Betteravia Highway, began in San Luis Obispo in 1999 earlier than transferring to Santa Maria 9 years in the past. The restaurant is thought for its Any 3 Toppings Pizza choice in addition to quite a lot of salads, sandwiches, calzones, pastas, desserts, and even wings.
Chamber CEO Glenn Morris famous the restaurant’s dedication to utilizing contemporary components day-after-day, ready by a small workforce of 9 devoted staff, a lot of whom have labored there for a number of years.
“I’m humbled, and I wish to thank the neighborhood, all my clients, household, and associates for conserving me open and serving to me, particularly throughout COVID,” Pippin mentioned.
The Okonite Firm is a wire and cable producer that got here to Santa Maria in 1966, with round 200 staff who work in an roughly 600,000 square-foot constructing on Skyway Drive.
Okonite creates wire and cable insulation to assist electrical utilities in addition to oil, gasoline and chemical firms together with army bases. In accordance with Morris, the producer contributed over $2 million to the native financial system final yr.
“We sit up for many extra many years right here in Santa Maria, and we’ll try to proceed contributing to the native financial system and giving again to the neighborhood in any manner that we are able to,” mentioned plant supervisor Dustin Banet.
The enterprise additionally gives skilled growth and studying alternatives to native highschool and faculty college students, with collaborative tasks and paid internships organized with college students from Hancock Faculty in Santa Maria and Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.
Featured companies are chosen by the Chamber of Commerce. Residents can nominate an area companies for this system or discover extra data by contacting Molly Schiff at [email protected] or 805-925-2403, ext. 816.