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Best of 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, the Savannah Morning News, Business in Savannah and savannahnow.com have selected several longtime Savannah companies and organizations that have contributed tremendously, many of them for decades, in the local business environment.

The Business in Savannah staff chose the honorees from a list of nominees submitted by local business and community members, utilizing broad criteria — from growth and success to community involvement.

-Kirschner Furs
-NLaws Produce
-Bernard Williams & Company
-Kimball’s Mobile Electronics
-Russo’s Seafood
-Globe Shoe Company and Roger Woods
-Wright Security Systems
-Restaurant Equipment Company
-Hospice Savannah
-Clark and Sons Metals

Savannah Stalwart: Johnnie Ganem's

Johnnie Ganem’s is a third-generation family-run business. We sell domestic and imported wine, liquor and beer, as well as provide full-service bar catering. Customer service has always been our No. 1 priority.

Louise Ganem, Marianne Ganem Poppell and Evelyn Ganem of Johnnie Ganem’s package and wine shop. (Photo courtesy of Johnnie Ganem’s)

Quality workmanship has made Clark & Sons a Savannah Stalwart

We do steel fabrication and erection for both residential and commercial clients – everything from steel columns and bar joist to decking and ornamental iron. We are also an authorized dealer for Jerith Aluminum Fence.

Ron Clark of Clark & Sons says he’s proud of the company’s quality of work, which stresses workmanship and dedication. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Savannah Stalwart: Hospice Savannah

Our mission keeps us focused on providing our community the best services and resources on living with a life-limiting illness, dying, death, grief and loss throughout Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, Liberty and Long counties. However, with community support and the work of our foundation, we are much more than hospice.

Hospice Savannah’s Hospice House is on Eisenhower Drive. (Steve Bisson/ Savannah Morning News file photo)

Savannah Stalwart: Restaurant Equipment Co.

We are a full-service business specializing in the sales of equipment and smallwares to the hospitality and food service industry.

David Dougal (sales), Lonnie Harley (sales), Steven Bernstein (owner), Jeff Carey (senior leader of sales), William Chaviz (sales) are a few of the key members of Restaurant Equipment Co. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Savannah Stalwart: Wright Security Systems

We specialize in the design, installation, service and monitoring of security and fire alarm systems and offers video recording and in-home automation for residential and commercial markets.

Noel Wright, owner of Wright Security Systems, and technician Timothy Peck. (Courtesy of Wright Security)

Savannah Stalwart: Roger Wood Foods

From humble beginnings in 1933, Roger Wood now sells more pounds of smoked sausage than anybody at the retail level in the southeastern United States. According to Nielsen and IRI, we have the No. 1 market share at retail in the southeast with our Original Lumberjack Smoked Sausage!

A fleet of early Roger Wood delivery trucks lined up at the plant (Photo courtesy Roger Wood Foods)

Savannah Stalwart: Globe Shoe Company

Globe Shoe Company is a Savannah family owned retailer offering a wide variety of quality shoes and accessories for women and men, said siblings, Amy and John Sussman, owners of Globe.

Globe Shoes/Savannah Morning News File Photo

Savannah Stalwart: Russo's Seafood

Charles J. Russo Sr. and Antoinette Russo opened the business in 1946, according to Charles J. Russo Jr., who joined the family business after graduating from Benedictine Military School in 1961 and working briefly on a Salmon boat in Ketchikan, Alaska.

Charles Russo Jr. of Russo’s Seafood. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Savannah Stalwart: Kimball's Mobile Electronics

We are a store that sells and installs all types electronics and accessories for cars, trucks and SUVs. Our specialty is really doing customcar stereo installation work so we can give our customers something that they can be proud of, said owner Mike Kimball.

Mike Kimball, owner of Kimball's Mobile Electronics. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Savannah Stalwart: Bernard Williams Insurance

We are most proud of the experience and professionalism of our employees. Our staff has over 600 years of combined training and experience. No other insurance agency in Savannah can claim that.

Alan Williams (Senior VP), R. Allen Williams (Senior VP), Dick Williams (C.E.O.), Rob Bowden (Senior VP), Robert Daniels (C.O.O.) Not pictured: Charles McCoy (Senior VP) (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Savannah Stalwart: NLaws Produce

NLaws Produce is a foodservice distributor of fruits, vegetables, dairy products, nuts, dried fruits, spices and related items. We handle a complete line of products, and specialize in hard-to-get items. We offer the highest quality and service available with multiple daily deliveries.

Jay Epstein and Steve Kaplan, co-owners of NLaws in front of one of their trucks at their headquarters off of Hwy. 80. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Savannah Stalwart: Kirschner Furs

We’re a unique source for outerwear, we’re not just fur and we do all types of outerwear. We are the oldest full service furrier in the southeast, and we also sell and we take things on consignment and trade-ins. Another large part of our business is restyles and remodels, said JoAnne Ellis, CEO of Kirschner.

In business since 1895, Kirschner Furs offers coats, scarves and wraps along with handbags and other accessories. (Photo courtesy of Kirschner Furs)