Fedders Marine & RV, a family owned business started in 1965, was named the 2013 Business of the Year by the Le Mars, Iowa, Area Chamber of Commerce annual dinner Saturday.

“Sometimes a business can almost fly under the radar of the community it is in; while at the same time it is nationally recognized in its industry as one of the major players,” said Peter Streit, chamber president, during a presentation ceremony.

The business, he said, continued to reach out to a broader customer base, generating sales in increasing numbers.

Recognizing the need to accommodate its growth, Fedders Marine & RV moved to a newly constructed 20,400-square-foot facility on 13 acres. The company was previously housed in a 9,000-square-foot building.

That move, Streit said, opened up a new area for further business development in Le Mars, and created new jobs in the process.

“The size of the project certainly reflects the strength of the company,” Streit said. “And their new sign certainly speaks loudly for a bright future, as it lights up the northern edge of Le Mars.”

Owner Matt Fedders received a standing ovation from dinner attendees as he accepted the award on stage.

“I want to thank everyone very much for all your support,” Fedders said. “My wife, Julie, my kids, my mom and dad definitely for giving us a good foundation to build on.”

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