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JAFE Decorating Named Darke County's Business of the Year

GREENVILLE — Darke County Economic Development and the Darke County Community Improvement Corporation hosted the annual investors meeting and economic development forum Friday morning, naming JAFE Decorating as the Darke County Business of the Year.

From the 5-23-16 edition of The Daily Advocate

By Rachel Lloyd, Reporter

GREENVILLE — Darke County Economic Development and the Darke County Community Improvement Corporation hosted the annual investors meeting and economic development forum Friday morning, naming JAFE Decorating as the Darke County Business of the Year.

JAFE Decorating has been in business since 1978, founded by Lloyd Williams and now owned and operated by Randy O’Dell.

“JAFE has more than doubled the number of employees in the last six years with a current employee count of 73,” said Darke County CIC Dave Keiser in his introduction. “JAFE added 14,000 square feet along with new equipment in December of 2014. JAFE is coming off back-to-back record years and is expecting to continue that trend in 2016.”

JAFE recently partnered with Sylvania to produce U.S.-made green lightbulbs for Walmart to honor United State veterans for the Greenlight a Vet program. Walmart launched the program in 2015 and immediately came under some criticism selling green lightbulbs made in China to honor U.S. veterans.

Keiser noted that JAFE has been a big supporter of the Darke County emerging workforce effort and hosted tours as well as hiring and mentoring high school interns. JAFE recently was honored at the 20 Under 20 awards for its collaborative efforts for career education.

O’Dell called the award “truly, truly an honor” in light of the many great companies in Darke County. He cited his father – a small business owner himself – as well as JAFE founder Lloyd Williams, as his greatest mentors and inspirations in business, referring to them as “my two dads.”

“I remember growing up, Dad always said, ‘If you work hard, good things will happen,” O’Dell said, adding that Rep. James Buchy’s father had told his own son the same thing. “More than working hard, my dad always talked about quality. He always talked about buying quality, because you get what you pay for.”.....

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