Three businessmen selected for Business Hall of Fame

Three businessmen selected for Business Hall of Fame

DANVILLE — Three Vermilion County businessmen have been selected to be inducted into the Vermilion County Business Hall of Fame in March.

The three are the late Art Fleming, the late Lowell H. Loving and Charles Henry Clapp Jr.

A panel reviewed the nominations submitted this year before making the final selections. Induction into the Vermilion County Business Hall of Fame is based upon criteria that include the nomination itself, the nominee's business success, and how that person has given back to the community.

The hall of fame was started last year with its first inductees: C.S. Paxton, who founded the Grab It Here grocery chain in Georgetown; the late Robert R. Bookwalter, a Danville attorney and local entrepreneur; Lou and Sybil Mervis of Mervis Industries and Foundation; and James "Big Jim" Darby, founder and owner of Greenwood Inc., which includes Sunset Funeral Home and Memorial Park, Trigard and Trigard Memorials.

Vermilion Advantage President and Chief Executive Officer Vicki Haugen said in a news release the recognition is about more than success in business.

"We are pleased that the individuals who were selected have established their success in business, but what made the panel choose these men is their unending commitment to the Vermilion County community," Haugen said.

— The late Art Fleming was a major developer in Danville and Vermilion County from the 1970s until his death in 2003. He was the driving force behind many of the housing and commercial developments across Vermilion County throughout his career. He was involved in countless community activities and named First Citizen of the Year in 1976 by the American Business Club.

— Lowell H. Loving was a surveyor and mapper who was known for his knowledge of the community's history. Loving began his career in Danville as an engineer at General Electric before opening his own surveying and mapping business at his dining room table on East Main Street. He also mentored many young people in the community and started them on their own career paths. Among his other activities, Mr. Loving was very active in the Boy Scouts.

— Charles Henry Clapp Jr. is a longtime entrepreneur in Vermilion County and is considered one of the country's foremost experts on aerosol packaging technology and formulations. After other successful business ventures, Clapp and his children founded Full-Fill Industries in Henning in 1999. The company is now considered the largest food aerosol manufacturer in the country. Over the years, he has been active in youth baseball and the Elks and was an Army reservist.

An induction ceremony will be March 10 at the Business Hall of Fame display in the Vermilion County Museum, 116 N. Gilbert St., Danville. The Vermilion County Business Hall of Fame project is sponsored by Neuhoff Media, the Danville Commercial-News and Vermilion Advantage.