It was a night to celebrate local business on Thursday evening at the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce 23rd annual Business Achievement Awards.

More than 300 people attended the gala at the Four Points by Sheraton, where awards were given out in nine business categories.

The local businesses are nominated by their customers, clients, staff and peers for the annual Business Achievement Awards, a news release from the chamber said.

Nominations are evaluated by a group of peers from the Kingston business community who evaluate the business’s or person’s customer and employee relations, business growth, business standards and ethics, and community involvement.

New Business of the Year: Fab-Cut® Systems Inc.

Fab-Cut® Systems, which opened in January 2017 with five employees, is family owned by Rene and Laurie Barnes. Now the company has 10 full-time and two part-time employees as well as two transitional military veterans working out of its two Justus Drive locations. Fab-Cut® makes CNC plasma cutting tables. Most of Fab-Cut®’s sales consist of leads developed using a social media and internet marketing focus.

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