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Two businesses in Elma spotlight with accolades, celebration

Two successful Elma businesses recently attracted the attention of the Town Board, which bestowed accolades on one and gave the other permission for a musical celebration.

Hodgson Pools, a family-owned and -operated pool, lawn and garden business for nearly 60 years, was honored for its distinction as one of the Top 75 Cub Cadet retailers out of more than 1,300 in the United States for 2015. The company has earned the distinction in 13 out of the 17 years that it has sold and serviced Cub Cadet products, board members learned during a meeting last week.

“The team at Hodgson Pools works hard year-round, and they do it to provide quality products and services to the community,” said Mike Thuecks, Cub Cadet vice president and general manager. “They are at the top of their game because they treat their customers well and value their employees.”

Supervisor Dennis M. Powers presented the store’s owners, Tim and Lynn Pierce and Kim Hodgson, with a citation honoring their efforts.

The board also gave permission to the Made in America store to host live music for a grand opening that was held Saturday at its new 1000 West Maple Court location, next door to its original site.

“Typically, we don’t allow outdoor music, but for anniversaries and grand openings,” Powers said.

Made in America opened in April 2010 and quickly became a success, eventually opening other stores in the Buffalo area.

Located off the Maple Road exit of the Aurora Expressway (state Route 400), the store also became a destination, attracting busloads of tourists, leading to further growth. The company broke ground last September on the expansion to triple its size.

With work completed, the flagship store was ready to show off its new look with Saturday’s eight-hour celebration.