Marketplace – April 2

Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf, a company working with Columbus as a consultant on the State Street Revitalization Project, received a Half Century Business Award from Gov. Eric Holcomb in March.

The company was one of 26 receiving the award to honor longevity and service to its employees, community and the state.

The company was founded in 1967 by landscape architects Jim Browning and Alan Day who redesigned the Veteran’s Memorial Plaza and the design of pedestrian-oriented streetscapes for Market Street and Monument Circle in the ’70s in Indianapolis. The company has worked on many projects since then, including completion of the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center at the Indianapolis Zoo in 2014, one of the most significant zoo exhibits in the world, according to a news release.

The fourth winner of the Lee Wilkinson Award was recently recognized by Winfield United.

Jeff Davis, a senior account manager at Premier Ag in Seymour, was recognized for displaying the same qualities that Lee Wilkinson did, such as a dedication to the CROPLAN brand, tireless commitment to winning in the agricultural field and a strong belief in doing the right thing for the customer.

“Central to Davis’ success is his initiative, discipline, dependability and critical thinking,” said Sal Sama, director of agronomy sales and marketing for Premier Ag.

The CROPLAN brand is a seed provider to farmers across the nation that offers a broad selection of high-performing seed selected from genetics to better meet local challenges, according to the CROPLAN website.

Premier Companies is a farmer-owned cooperative providing supplies and services in the agricultural and energy sectors. Premier Ag is an operating division of Premier Companies.

Cummins Inc. announced its new executive director – Global Rail and Defense.

Melina Kennedy was promoted to the position. She will report to Power Systems President Norbert Nusterer. Previously for Cummins, Kennedy served as director of executive communications.

“Melina has demonstrated a deep understanding of our business, earned our customers’ trust and led impressive revenue growth in our Rail and Defense businesses,” Nusterer said.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and history, her master’s in environmental science and juris doctor degree from Indiana University. Before joining Cummins, she spent more than 15 years in key public service roles in Indiana and practicing law.

Additionally, Kennedy volunteers as a member of the Mind Trust Education Champions group and serves as president of the Capital Improvement Board in Indianapolis.

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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5633.