INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric Holcomb honored 44 Indiana companies with the Governor’s Century or Half Century Business Award, recognizing each company for its longevity and service to its employees, community, and the state.

“We honor Hoosier business leaders who have been creating jobs and running their businesses in Indiana for more than 50 or 100 years,” said Holcomb. “I’m excited to celebrate this year’s award recipients and extend a sincere thanks for the role they play in making Indiana one of the nation’s top destinations for business.”

The Governor’s Century and Half Century Business Awards honor Hoosier businesses that have remained in operation for a minimum of 100 or 50 consecutive years and have also demonstrated a commitment to community service. Nearly 1,500 companies from across the state have been recognized during the 27-year history of the award.

Among the recipients was Bayman Auctioneers, a 57-year-old Whitley County company that specializes in the sale of real estate, agricultural land and personal property, conducting numerous auctions per year.

KPC Media Group Inc., publisher of IN|Whitley County and the Churubusco News, among other area newspapers, was recognized by Holcomb with the Governor’s Century award. Kendallville Mayor Suzanne Handshoe nominated KPC for the award. KPC continues to operate out of the building where it was founded in 1911 in Kendallville. It remains a family-owned business.