Better Business Bureau names Torch Award winners


Teaching artist Dennis Grants works with photography students at the West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology in downtown Grand Rapids. Courtesy WMCAT

Four businesses and two nonprofits have won awards for their organizational ethics.

The Better Business Bureau Serving Western Michigan hosted its fifth-annual Torch Awards for Ethics earlier this month to “highlight and pay tribute to local organizations that do things the right way and operate in an ethical and trustworthy manner.”

The public nominated more than 250 local businesses and nonprofits.

Nominated organizations submitted a written application detailing how they promote trust and ethics internally and externally.

An independent panel of judges determined the six winners.

The BBB Serving Western Michigan also donated $1,000 to the nonprofit Evergreen Commons, as selected by the public.

Organizations of varying sized won a 2017 Torch Award:

Business with 1-10 employees

Vine Line Logistics, a third-party produce logistics company

Business with 11-50 employees

CasterDepot, a local manufacturer of casters and wheels

Business with 51-175 employees

Ayers Basement Systems, which provides a range of home repair related services

Business with more than 175 employees

Huntington Bank, recognized for generosity and community engagement

Nonprofit with 1-20 employees

Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes, awarded for efforts to develop the next generation of young business professionals

Nonprofit with 21 or more employees

West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology, awarded for educational initiatives and community impact

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