CORVALLIS, Ore. - Six Oregon companies and three individuals will receive recognition from the oldest family business awards program in the nation - Oregon State University's Austin Family Business Program's Excellence in Family Business Awards.

OSU's College of Business has announced the awards for 2009. Winners and finalists will be formally recognized at an evening event on Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Oregon Zoo. Family businesses are nominated for the award by employees, advisers and owners. Nearly 200 nominations were submitted and more than 100 completed applications were judged.

In addition to the winners of the 2008 Excellence in Family Business Award, seven additional companies will be recognized as finalists at the awards event. More than 160 companies have received this recognition since the awards were first presented in 1988.

The awards recognize the achievements of family businesses in innovation, entrepreneurship, commitment and community involvement. The Austin Family Business Program, in OSU's College of Business, serves family-owned companies through workshops, seminars and family business management courses.

"It is especially important this year to recognize the contributions of family businesses," said Robin Klemm, the A.E. Coleman Chair in Family Business and director of the Austin Family Business Program. "These businesses will be around for many years and are going to play a significant role in Oregon's economic recovery."

James W. Fowler Co. of Dallas, Oregon was the winning family business in the large category (100 or more employees).

"We were humbled by the experience because you're surrounded by a lot of great family businesses," said James Fowler, the executive vice president of the company. "We feel a great sense of responsibility going forward."

Umpqua Dairy Products Co. of Roseburg was a finalist in the large category.

In the medium category (25-99 employees), the winner was Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc. in Lowell. The finalists were NatureBake/Dave's Killer Bread in Milwaukie and Beacock Music Company in Vancouver, Wash.

In the small family business category (10-24 employees), Sid Johnson & Co. of Baker City was the winner. The finalists were Fitzpatrick Painting and Second Glance/The Annex, both of Corvallis.

And in the micro category (nine or fewer employees), Corvallis Custom Kitchen & Bath took top honors. Olufson Designs of Corvallis and Rainbow Carpet Cleaning, Inc. of Albany were finalists in this category.

This year, OSU College of Business Dean Ilene Kleinsorge selected R.B. Pamplin Corporation to receive the Dean's Award for Family Business Leadership.

Klemm will present the Director's Award to Pendleton Woolen Mills. The selection acknowledges the deep roots of a dedicated family that has been in the business of providing the nation with the quality woolen textiles and blankets for six generations.

Donald Neubaum, an associate professor of management at OSU will receive the Faculty Award. Sean Krause of Newport and Mark Goracke of Goracke Farms in Monroe will receive the graduate and undergraduate student awards.

More information and tickets to the awards dinner are available at 1-800-859-7609 or

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Robin Klemm, 541-737-6016