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Silver Spring Foods Announced as 2021 Paragon Economic Impact Award Recipient

Posted by adminALT on February 7th, 2022

Silver Spring Foods, the world’s largest grower and processor of horseradish, has been announced as the 2021 Paragon Award recipient to recognize their positive impact on the economy in Eau Claire County.

Silver Spring Foods was host to the wildly successful, 2021 Farm Technology Days.  Additionally, Silver Spring Foods has recently expanded production lines and entered into new product markets.  They’ve also continued to invest in innovative workforce solutions such as training and increased compensation including no cost health care premiums, a near-site healthcare clinic, wellness and community involvement offerings, and a strong culture program, reinforcing the emphasis on the importance of their local workforce.

The Eau Claire Area EDC is proud to present the 2021 Paragon Economic Impact Award, sponsored by Royal Credit Union, to a local business that has made an economic impact to our community.   The Paragon Award is an opportunity to celebrate businesses that support and enhance our community through a broad range of economic development activities or initiatives.

Businesses are nominated for the Paragon Award by their peers within the community and each nomination is evaluated based on economic impact. Examples of economic impact included, though not limited to; creation of quality jobs; recent  or current expansion of existing facility; construction of a new facility; substantial investment into capital equipment; commitment to continued education and training of their workforce; innovations in the development of new technologies and products.

“We are humbled and honored to be recognized for our hard work of growing our business and our impact in the Eau Claire area,” said Eric Rygg, President of Silver Spring Foods. “Eau Claire is a special place for businesses and families, and we continue to dedicate ourselves to growing our company in a way that benefits our team members and our community.”

The Paragon Economic Impact Award will be presented to Eric Rygg, President of Silver Spring Foods at the Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corporation Annual Luncheon, February 28, 2022, at Florian Gardens.

The public is welcome and tickets can be purchased here:

“The Paragon Award is an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the economic impact that a company makes within our community,” as explained by Luke Hanson, Executive Director of the Eau Claire Area EDC, “ Silver Spring is a great example of how the Chippewa Valley is a great place to grow a business, and thrive during a global pandemic. We are proud of Silver Spring’s business successes and humbled that they continue to call this area home.”

Some past winners of the Paragon Award include: WIN Technology, Pablo Group, Market & Johnson, Artisan Forge Studios, Action City, Dynamic Fitness & Strength, Jamf Software, and Indianhead Food Distribution. To learn more or nominate a business for the 2022 Paragon Award, visit

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