Mar 5, 2019

Pictured L-R: Scott Gardner, Chamber President & CEO; Arna Herman, Matt Herman, Mark Herman, Hans Kunze.
Arna Herman
Arna hugs Mark Herman after receiving the award

WARSAW, NY – The Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism and event sponsor WCJW Radio, were pleased to announce that WYCO Construction, located at 4608 Liberty Street in Warsaw, was awarded the 2019 Agri-Business of the Year, during an award ceremony at the Pride of Agriculture Dinner held on Saturday, March 2, 2019. Over 320 attended the annual awards and agriculture recognition event held at the North Java Fire Hall.

“We are very pleased to give the Agri-Business Award to WYCO Construction for its continued commitment and service to Wyoming County,” said Chamber President and CEO, Scott Gardner. “This business has continued to flourish since its founding 46 years ago by Bob and Arna Herman. Today it is frequently recognized by its company motto ‘We’re #1 in the #2 Business,’ but this year’s Agri-business of the Year is certainly #1 for many more reasons than that.”

The Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism office annually partners with Wyoming County Cooperative Extension, the Wyoming County Farm Bureau, and the Wyoming County Soil and Water Conservation District to host the recognition event.

Wyoming County Soil and Water Conservation District presented the annual Conservation Farm of the Year award to Fontaine Farms, LLC of Strykersville; the Ronald P Herman Sr. Conservation Partner of the Year to Victor DiGiacomo, Associate Environmental Analyst, NYS Soil & Water Conservation Committee; and the Agricultural Environmental Management award to Pankow Farms of Castile.

The evening also featured the presentation of the annual Good Neighbor award, this year given to Breezyhill Dairy LLC, and the Friend of Agriculture award given to Roxanne Dueppengiesser. These were joint awards given by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County and the Wyoming County Farm Bureau. Cornell Cooperative Extension also presented the first annual Friend of Extension Award to Hans and Leslie Kunze of Wyoming.

Beginning 46 years ago, Bob & Arna Herman started the Bob Herman Excavating Service, becoming WYCO Construction, Inc., in 1979. It is located on Liberty Street in Warsaw.
From early on, Bob and Arna’s sons Mark and Matt Herman, took an active interest in the business working alongside their parents and for the past 33 years have honed their skills to include every aspect of the operation. In 2011, they took over the business when their father retired.

WYCO Construction, Inc. continues to grow offering on-site consultation and excavation development for agriculture, commercial and residential projects including hauling stone and gravel for culverts, roads, and driveways. Together, they have expanded the overall business with the startup of M&M Aggregates, LLC, offering a variety of sand, washed & crushed stone along with gravel.

Critical for today’s Ag community is the Super Vac truck utilized to clean manure-clogged pipelines reaching long distances into lagoons. It is also used in other applications such as blocked storm drains and sewer lines.

Mark & Matt Herman believe their customer’s needs come first, and instill this belief, along with a sense of teamwork into employee training. It is through this type of dedication that they have been able to maintain high quality work. WYCO Construction, Inc. along with its sister company M&M Aggregate, LLC, and their employees know the value of today’s Agricultural Community. Whether it’s tiling, specialized Jetter-Vac services, septic pumping, sand, stone, lagoons, ponds, site work and more, they look forward to serving all their customer’s needs.
The annual agri-business award is given by the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce to a business that exemplifies any or all of the following criteria: contributions to the economic vitality and quality of life of Wyoming County, capital investments, business expansions, job growth, community involvement, or for their contributions that strengthen their industry sector.

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