Wenger Extrusion Group Receives Ad Astra Award at 2012 Annual Dinner

February 23, 2012

TOPEKA, KAN. (February 23, 2012) - The 2012 Kansas Chamber Annual Dinner was another defining event for the statewide business advocacy organization. Held on February 21, the event once again drew a strong attendance by statewide business leaders and many legislators both from the state and national levels.

Wenger Extrusion Group from Sabetha, Kansas, received the Kansas Chamber's 2012 Ad Astra Award, an honor presented to one business each year that exemplifies both business and civic excellence within the state. "Wenger Extrusion Group is a world leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of extrusion process systems and a strong family-owned company. Wenger Extrusion Group received the 2012 Ad Astra Award because of the company's long-standing focus on ingenuity and dedication to the state of Kansas," said Kansas Chamber President and CEO Kent Beisner, "The Ad Astra Award is designed to recognize a Kansas business for its unique contribution to the economic health and welfare of our state."

Headlining the Kansas Chamber's Annual Dinner as the keynote speaker was former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Gov. Bush cited anecdotes from his tenure as Florida's governor from 1999-2007, Mr. Bush spoke about the positive impact of successful education and regulatory reform, reduced income taxes, and sound energy policies including the Keystone Pipeline project.

"The 2012 Annual Dinner again honored everything the Kansas Chamber stands for: free enterprise and a continual improvement of our great state's economic climate for the benefit of every business and citizen. I would like to thank our presenting sponsor, Black & Veatch, and all of our corporate sponsors for their generous support of the 2012 Annual Dinner. On behalf of the statewide business community, the Kansas Chamber will continue to work diligently to make our state the best in the nation in which to do business," said Beisner.