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Business appreciation month

and the Governor's Award of Excellence

Team Kansas and the Kansas Department of Commerce have announced Morningstar Care Homes of Fredonia as the winner of the Governor’s Award of Excellence, the top award given to a business by the state.

Morningstar Care Homes

Kansas Commerce Secretary, David Toland, awards the 2019 Governor's Award of Excellence to a Morningstar Care Homes representative. Photo credit: Larry F. Levenson

Morningstar Care Homes operates five long-term care homes in the four Kansas communities of Baldwin City, Ottawa, Neodesha and Fredonia with a total capacity of 93 residents. Morningstar specializes in providing memory care services for elders with Alzheimer’s, other forms of dementia, Parkinson’s or who have had strokes. Each boutique care home is located amongst single-family homes rather than in a commercial setting. Through both organic growth and acquisitions, top line revenue has grown at a rate of 43% annually. Morningstar Care Homes was founded by Scott and Linda Schultz in 2011, and currently employs over 100 people.

June is Business Appreciation Month for the state of Kansas. This month represents an annual celebration of Kansas businesses and the contributions made to their communities and the state economy. This year, a total of 94 businesses were honored as part of the Business Appreciation Month program, including 73 Merit Award winners, 19 Regional Business Excellence Award winners, the Governor's Exporter of the Year Award and the Governor’s Award of Excellence. Morningstar and Pinnacle Technology received their awards at the June 4 Team Kansas Awards Banquet in Manhattan.

Past Recipients of the Governor’s Award of Excellence:

  • McFarlane Aviation, Inc. • Baldwin City (2018)
  • Cereal Ingredients, Inc. • Leavenworth (2017)
  • CivicPlus • Manhattan (2016)
  • ITC Great Plains • Dodge City (2015)
  • Galaxy Technologies • Winfield (2014)
  • B&W Trailer Hitches • Humboldt (2013)
  • Nex-Tech, Inc. • Lenora (2012)
  • Auburn Pharmacy, Inc. • Garnett (2011)
  • Landoll Corporation • Marysville (2010)
  • BTI • Greensburg (2009)
  • Crossland Construction Company • Columbus (2008)
  • Black & Veatch • Overland Park (2007)
  • J-A-G Construction • Dodge City (2007)
  • ICM • Colwich (2006)
  • Watco Companies • Pittsburg (2005)
  • Shelton Collision Repair • Derby (2004)
  • Epic Touch Company • Elkhart (2003)
  • Steel & Pipe Supply Company • Manhattan (2002)
  • Capitol Federal Savings Bank • Topeka (2001)
  • Olathe Health Systems • Olathe (2000)
  • Midwest Energy, Inc. • Hays (1999)
  • Taylor Forge Engineered Systems, Inc. • Paola (1998)
  • Gates Rubber Company • Iola (1997)
  • Koch Industries • Wichita (1996)
  • Calibrated Forms, Inc. • Columbus (1995)

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