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Four inducted into Dothan Business Hall of Fame
Ken Curtis

Four men were inducted Thursday night into the Dothan Business Hall of Fame. They are James Colemen, John Downs, John Edge, and Mayor Mike Schmitz. They received the honor during a ceremony held at Wiregrass Church as a crowd of several hundred looked on. Coleman took a truck in Hutchinson, Kansas and built it into an international transportation conglomerate that operates several divisions including Covan World Wide Moving. Downs built Qualico Steel into one of the south’s largest steel fabricators. He also has vast real estate holdings. Edge is a former medical administrator who helped form Wiregrass Foundation, a group that provides funding to improve quality of life. An abandoned child, Schmitz built an automotive dealership empire and became mayor of Dothan. They induction brings to 24 the number of people in the Hall of Fame that began in 2011.

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