Viking Air named Manufacturer of the Year

Sidney’s Viking Air was named Manufacturer of the Year at the 15th annual Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards, held Jan. 22.

Viking Air President and CEO David Curtis during an aerospace industry event in 2014. The local company continues to garner accolades.

VICTORIA – Sidney’s Viking Air was named Manufacturer of the Year at the 15th annual Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards, held Jan. 22.

Real Estate Webmasters of Nanaimo was named Business of the Year for over 50 employees, while the Small Business of the Year for under 50 employees was taken by Hoyne Brewing Company of Victoria. The event was held at the Westin Bear Mountain Resort.

“What these awards are all about is celebrating the successes of the Vancouver Island companies who have quietly worked behind the scenes to make their communities better and employees a great place to work,” says Mark MacDonald, President of Invest Northwest Publishing Ltd., which publishes Business Examiner Victoria and Business Examiner Vancouver Island. “In most cases, they’ve been doing what they do best without fanfare, and this event brings them into the spotlight to take a bow.”

Other category winners include:

Agriculture Company of the Year: Daldas Farms Ltd. of Black Creek.

Entrepreneur of the Year: Atomique Productions Ltd. of Victoria.

Hospitality/Tourism Company of the Year: Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort of Port McNeill.

Ocean Products Company of the Year, sponsored by Grieg Seafood: Taste of B.C. Aquafarms Inc. of Nanaimo.

Real Estate Company of the Year: Chard Development of Victoria.

Technology Company of the Year: PBX Engineering Ltd. of Victoria.

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