SOUTH PORTLAND — Foulmouthed Brewing and Taco Trio are among five businesses that will be honored Wednesday evening at a reception recognizing their contributions to the local economy and community.

The third annual South Portland Business Awards Reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Marriott at Sable Oaks.

New Business of the Year is Foulmouthed Brewing, a brew pub that owners Craig and Julia Dilger opened in June 2016 in a renovated former auto service garage at 15 Ocean St., in the city’s Knightville neighborhood.

“Their investment in the community has helped to put the city on the map, from their unique and renowned brews to the impact the business has made in continuing the revitalization of Knightville,” said Assistant City Manager Josh Reny.

Small Business of the Year is Taco Trio, a traditional Mexican restaurant at 119 Ocean St. that attracts patrons far beyond South Portland. In 2016, health and family issues caused Taco Trio to close with a hope of eventually reopening, Reny said.

“Their heartfelt message on the restaurant’s front door – in Spanish and English – created a wave of concern and good wishes in the community,” Reny said. “Restaurants that close indefinitely rarely reopen, but Taco Trio demonstrated its resilience and reopened last winter. The news spread quickly, their kitchen had expanded, and they were back better than ever. When they did, there was a line out the door.”

Business of the Year is Sebago Technics Inc., a growing company that recently expanded its headquarters at 75 John Roberts Road.

The firm provides engineering, planning, surveying, landscape design and environmental services for private and public construction projects, including the new Municipal Services Facility. And it’s committed to hiring Maine engineering graduates, Reny said, especially students with links to the South Portland area.

“It is a 100 percent employee-owned company that has demonstrated commitment, experience and responsiveness to its clients and the community,” he said. “Sebago Technics Inc. is a model business as both an employer and service provider.”

Business Leader of the Year is Mark Duval, owner of Duval’s Service Center at 20 Park Ave., off Lincoln Street Extension, on the west side of the city. Duval opened in 1985 on Cottage Road and moved to the current location in 2000. He is board chairman of the Southern Maine Community College Foundation and a longtime adviser to the college’s automotive program.

“Duval’s is a true family business that takes pride in the local community,” Reny said. “Mark has set an example as a business leader through years of community involvement, charitable giving and the reputation of providing a high quality service that can be trusted.”

Winner of the Santo “Sam” DiPietro Community Impact Award is the Hannaford Distribution Center, 54 Hemco Road. The center has a long history of community involvement, including two recent initiatives that benefit South Portland residents in need, Reny said.

“Hannaford Distribution Center takes great pride in its community service and charitable giving and sets a great example for other businesses in the community,” Reny said.

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