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Business of the Year: Award is 'Cherry on top' for ICC

ICC Restoration and Cleaning Services owner Tom Laska is honored his business was named as the 2014 Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year recipient. ICC will receive its award at the Jan. 23 Chamber Gala. (Staff photo by Michelle Leonard)

Sure, receiving the 2014-2015 Torch Award for Ethics from the Better Business Bureau was a big deal. But to ICC Restoration and Cleaning Services owner Tom Laska, having his company named as the Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year is “the cherry on top.”

ICC Restoration celebrated its 25th anniversary in Woodbury this past May. The company focuses on restoration and reconstruction services, including water and sewer damage, fire damage, storm restoration, mold and microbial remediation, biohazard clean-up, and full in-house content restoration.

The company employs about 30 full-time people, Lanska said. Over the years, ICC has restored more than 10,000 properties in communities throughout the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin.

Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce President Barbara Tuccitto Warren said the chamber received nominations for several companies to be considered for the Business of the Year award, but the quality – and number – of nominations for ICC made it the clear winner for this year.

“The quality of the nomination speaks to their company,” Tuccitto Warren said. “Their customers, clients and the other entities they work with spoke so highly of them.”

In fact, ICC Restoration was nominated by not one, but five different individuals. In his nomination, Cory Bergman, an agent with Assured Protection, Inc., wrote, “They go above and beyond what is expected to make sure our clients are well cared for when they are having insurance claims.”

Westport Properties president Cindy Reiter wrote, “They are the true meaning of people helping people. Even more impressive is the owners of the company take time to say hello and visit when we are at their office.”

The nominations, and the designation as Business of the Year, mean a lot to Laska. He grew up in Woodbury, and has the community’s best interest at heart. Laska found out ICC was to receive the honor on Jan. 5.

“It’s the cherry on top,” he said. “I’ve been such a part of this community for so long, for me it felt really good to grab that. Woodbury is so much a part of me. We really want to be a part of it for years to come, to try to become an even bigger part of it in the future.”

ICC Restoration and Cleaning Services will be honored as the Business of the Year at the chamber’s upcoming Awards Gala on Friday, Jan. 23. As part of the award, the chamber will have a video made for the company and present it at the gala, Tuccitto Warren said.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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