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JC Penney manager

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JC Penney general manager Kimberly Watros, general manager of the JC Penney at the Alpena Mall, recently received the company’s prestigious Founder’s Award for outstanding accomplishments in 2018, the company said in a news release.

The award recognizes store managers who excel in financial performance, customer service, and business expertise. Watros was one of just 80 managers to receive the award, of more than 860 JC Penney stores nationwide.

“The 2018 Founder’s Awards recipients have played a key role in driving the JCPenney business, embodying our warrior values of loyalty, passion, service and courage,” Kim Dowgielewicz, Midwest regional vice president for JC Penney, said in a statement. “The Founder’s Award is the company’s highest honor, recognizing leadership excellence. I’m proud of our talented group of associates at the JC Penney in Alpena who earned this special recognition, and look forward to another successful year in Alpena.”

Tractor Supply raises record $970K

A record $970,121 was raised by Tractor Supply Co. customer donations to support the National Future Farmers of America Organization, Tractor Supply said in a news release.

The company’s Grants for Growing helps “fund sustainable, youth-driven agriculture projects made possible by the initiative,” the news release said.

Tractor Supply awarded 259 grants impacting more than 24,000 students in 258 FFA chapters across the country this spring.

“The Grants for Growing program gives Tractor Supply the opportunity to leave a lasting, positive impact on youth across the country who are interested in farming, gardening and other hands-on, outdoor projects,” Christi Korzekwa, senior vice president of marketing at Tractor Supply, said in a statement. “The thoughtful donations from this program allow us to further students’ understanding of agriculture by providing educators with the necessary resources to make our communities more sustainable places.”