The efforts and accomplishments of the company were recognized by the Perth & District Chamber of Commerce. The Factory, by Leo Adams Investments Inc was the recipient of the 2011 Business Achievement award.

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‘The Factory’ owners receive business achievement award

 By CHRIS MUST – EMC News – cmust@perfprint.ca

The company that refurbished the disused Brown Shoe factory on Sunset Boulevard and gave it new life as “The Factory” has received the 2011 Business Achievement Award.

The award was presented to Leo Adams Investments Inc. and its vice president and general manager Bill Beacham by Paul Burton, on behalf of award sponsor the Perth Courier. Burton said the former Brown Shoe building was acquired in 2005 to provide offices for Leo Adams Investments and two subsidiary companies with a total of 18 employees. “They took a building that had started to decline and set out on an ambitious plan to refurbish the facility and create a modern business park,” he said. The redevelopment of the building has had a positive economic impact in Perth, with the majority of the contracts for the project being awarded to local contractors and suppliers, said Burton.

Accepting the award, Beacham said space for business tenants at The Factory is now about three quarters full. “It’s been quite a ride,” he said. “It’s the culmination of the effort of a lot of people.”

Beacham said the owners take pride in the facility and feel that a sense of community has been created there. “I’m very proud each day to walk down those halls and greet our tenants,” he said. The 50,000 square foot facility has provided accommodations for businesses new to Perth, and existing business. Tenants include government, health, educational, technological and professional  businesses.

Burton said Leo Adams Investments has also set a high standard for corporate citizenship. It makes its parking lot available as an assembly area for community parades, and supports local charities, including the Great War Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Burton said the letter of nomination for Leo Adams Investments included words such as “quality, attention, care and excellence.” The nomination also described Beacham’s management style and business practices as “open, transparent and cooperative.”

Photo Caption: CHAMBER AWARDS NIGHT – The Perth Courier’s Paul Burton, left, and Jason Marshall, right, present the Business Achievement Award to Bill Beacham, vice-president and general manager of Leo Adams Investments Inc. during the Perth and District Chamber of Commerce annual dinner on Oct. 20.