Lyon, Conklin & Co. Inc. marked 150 years in business.
Staff held a celebration March 26 at the Scottish Rite Temple in Baltimore, a historical building constructed with materials supplied by Lyon, Conklin in the early 1920s.
The evening began with over 500 of Lyon, Conklin’s customers being welcomed by a 40-foot banner and a red carpet leading to the entrance. All guests were then invited to sign an anniversary board, which is now on display at the corporate office in Elkridge, Md.
Decor included custom company place mats and chocolate bars, sheet metal centerpieces, and personalized signs for the various food stations.
Awards were presented to the top 25 customers based on sales volume and to 12 of the company’s most loyal customers. Workers with more than 20 years of service were invited to the stage for recognition and a group photo.
David Brown, general manager of Lyon, Conklin, was also awarded a governor’s citation in appreciation of the company’s support to the Maryland community for 150 years. March 26 was proclaimed “Lyon, Conklin Day” in Howard County, Md., by Ken Ulman, the Howard County executive.
The evening highlight was a 150th anniversary cake made and delivered by the Carlos Bakery, the bakery seen on the cable TV show “Cake Boss.” The cake featured a replica of an original Lyon, Conklin warehouse and delivery truck next to a current office-warehouse and delivery truck with a Trane air-conditioning unit as the focal point.
The evening concluded with a private concert performed by 1970s rock star Eddie Money.