Hilecrest Farms of Tyrone, Pa., recently received the 2005 Business Award of Distinction for Excellence in Small Business from the Blair County Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce. The recognition is significant not only for the honor it bestows upon David C. Hileman, but also because it marks the first time that a dairy farm has been acknowledged as a “business” within the greater business community.

According to Judy Juda, the Blair Chamber’s program coordinator, the award presented to Hilecrest Farms is the highest honor their group presents to a small business. It is designed to recognize the outstanding efforts of owners of businesses with 50 employees or less. She confirms that Hilecrest’s award is exceptional for them because “many people don’t think of a farm as a business.”

The selection criteria included Hilecrest’s longevity, business accomplishments, overall stability and growth, demonstrated leadership, good visibility and image in the community, “good quality of life” in the work environment, and community involvement.

The award presentation cited the fact that “Hilecrest Farms has successfully applied an innovative, progressive, aggressive business philosophy, balanced by a conservative business approach. This practice has allowed Hilecrest to regularly expand while enjoying consistent financial growth.”

Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania