MIDLOTHIAN — DTAC in Midlothian has been honored as one of two area businesses named 2010 Small Family Business of the Year by Baylor University’s Institute for Family Business.

“Starting, owning and operating a family business is the foundation of the American Dream,” said J. David Allen, director of the John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship at Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business in a press release. “It is our privilege to honor the dedicated, hard-working risk-takers in the state of Texas who contribute so much to our economic and social well-being.”

The awards program recognizes outstanding firms whose families demonstrate a commitment to each other and to the business continuity and who are responsive to the needs of their employees, communities and industries, according to a press release.

“A company must be nominated to be eligible for the awards,” said Pamela Davis Edwards, DTAC marketing director. “We were nominated by Pastor Bruce Prindle of First Baptist Church in Midlothian. We did not realize the value of being declared a winner until we saw the quality and caliber of the other business being considered. We were truly humbled.”

DTAC manufactures heating and cooling systems for the off-road, heavy truck and heavy equipment industry. The company was founded by Wayne Davis in Dallas in 1977 and relocated to Midlothian in 1999. It has 25 employees.

“The business is owned by my father, Wayne Davis. Our family are lifelong residents of this area and are well known in Duncanville, Cedar Hill and we all reside in Midlothian now,” Edwards said. “He dedicated his business to the Lord Jesus Christ with Proverbs 3:5-6 being the cornerstone of his business. DTAC stands for Devoted to Acknowledging Christ.”

Company founder and owner Wayne Davis passed away Wednesday, Feb 16, after a long illness.

“He was so proud of this award and I was so grateful he lived to see the recognition of his company even though he was not able to attend the award ceremony,” Edwards said.

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