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ALTOONA, Pa. and WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Sheetz named the winners of its 2012 Outstanding Supplier Partner Awards, which honor businesses for superior service and dedication to advancing the success of the company and its stores. Honorees received their awards during the Sheetz Marketplace recognition dinner on March 18.
This year award-winners included:
- Sheetz Distribution Center Supplier of the Year Award: Dan Troop and Gary Guthery of Dawn Food Products -- This international company has supplied fresh daily bakery and ready-to-eat items to Sheetz since 2008, and provided ingredients for the more than 21 million donuts shipped to Sheetz stores this year. It was chosen for its consistent, outstanding support in new product development and in bakery operation, said Sheetz.
- Sheetz Outstanding Individual Performer Award: Michael Berry of Brown Distribution -- Berry was honored for excellence in helping store personnel maintain inventory and providing excellent customer service. The Richmond, Va.-based Brown is also a partner in Sheetz' "For the Kidz" holiday parties.
- Most Valuable Partner Award: Chris Chromy and Tom Reese of ConAgra Snack Foods -- A Sheetz partner since 2001, ConAgra provides outstanding service to store managers, sales managers, company buyers and customers, said Sheetz. During the past three years, ConAgra helped Sheetz triple its product sales to customers and provides two of the most popular products, Slim Jims and David's Sunflower Seeds.
"The continued success of our company depends on the relationships we have with our supplier partners who share our commitment to providing the most outstanding products and service to our customers," said Louie Sheetz, executive vice president for marketing. "The companies and individuals Sheetz recognized this year truly understand our customer service and product quality mission and have consistently gone above and beyond to help us become a leader in our industry category."
Sheetz also opened a new store today in Greensboro, N.C. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the 3941 West Market St. location, which is expected to create 40 to 45 full and part-time jobs and features a drive-thru. Other opening festivities included games to win prizes, free samples and a giveaway of $100 Sheetz Z-cards to the first 50 customers in line.
"Each new store we open is drawing larger and larger crowds, with many people arriving hours before the official opening to be part of the excitement," said Louie Sheetz. "We will now have seven convenient locations in the Greensboro area with the opening of two new stores this spring."
Sheetz, a longtime Special Olympics supporter, will make a $2,500 donation to the local chapter of Special Olympics North Carolina to commemorate the opening.