Vinland business receives 2018 Governor’s Award of Excellence

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Dave McFarlane, CEO of McFarlane Aviation, receives the 2018 Governor’s Award of Excellence from Gov. Jeff Colyer at an event Tuesday, June 5, 2018, in Lawrence.

McFarlane Aviation, of Vinland, was awarded Tuesday the 2018 Governor’s Award of Excellence, one of the top business awards in the state.

Gov. Jeff Colyer presented the award to McFarlane Aviation CEO Dave McFarlane at an event Tuesday at the Double Tree Hotel in Lawrence. Nearly 80 Kansas businesses were considered for the award.

Qualifications for the award include:

• In-state business expansion and capital investment.

• Successful employee retention and recruitment practices.

• Employee access to training and education.

• Support for local activities and community events.

McFarlane Aviation was also 1 of 5 finalists for Kansas Exporter of the Year, which was won by Schroer Manufacturing Co., of Kansas City, Kan.

McFarlane Aviation designs and manufactures replacement parts for light airplanes at its Vinland plant. Founded in 1986 by MacFarlane, and his partner, Fred McClenahan, the company now provides more than 2,000 replacement parts for domestic and international customers.

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