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Kondex Corp.

Lomira-based Kondex Corp. has been named a Partner level supplier for 2015 in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program.

The Partner level is the highest rating afforded to a John Deere supplier. Kondex, which manufactures wear parts and components for John Deere’s Ag and Turf division, was recognized for its continuous improvements and its commitment to delivering top quality products and service.

Like other Achieving Excellence participants, Kondex is reviewed annually in the areas of quality, cost management, delivery, technical support and responsiveness. The program was started by John Deere in 1991 to promote continuous improvement.

Kondex manufactures cutting and wear-resistant components that have mostly agricultural applications.

PRSA Southeastern Wisconsin

The Public Relations Society of America Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter, a trade group for public relations and communications professionals across the Milwaukee region, has named its 2016 board of directors.

The board members are: Heidi Fendos, Fendos PR, president; Sara Rude, Nelson-Schmidt, president-elect; Bill Bussler, Kohler, immediate past president; Annie Gentil, Standard Process Inc., treasurer; Phill Trewyn, Mueller Communications, secretary; Tim Olsen, APR, Froedtert Health, membership officer; Karren Jeske, APR, Standard Process Inc., ethics office; Meg Hemmelgarn, STIR Advertising & Integrated Messaging, director at large; Don Klein, Aurora Health Care, director at large; Kelly Savage, APR, State Farm, director at large; Matt Wisla, Marquette University, director at large; Emily Bultman, Wisconsin Dental Association, assembly delegate; W. Patrick McSweeney, APR, Laughlin Constable, assembly delegate; Audra Jacobs, Bader Rutter, assembly delegate.

The Bon-Ton Stores Inc.

Kathryn Bufano, president and chief executive officer of The Bon-Ton Stores Inc., has received the National Human Relations Award from the AJC.

AJC is a global Jewish advocacy organization. It honored Bufano at its 2015 Fashion Dinner on Dec. 14 in New York.

Bufano received the award for demonstrating “exceptional social concern” through her efforts to lead Bon-Ton’s corporate social responsibility and community partnership programs. It was presented as a leather-bound copy of the book “Statecraft,” signed by its author, Margaret Thatcher.

Bon-Ton has dual headquarters in Milwaukee and York, Pa. It operates 270 stores under the names Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Boston Store, Herberger’s and Younkers.

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