– Columbus, NY, May 23, 2011
Today Inc. magazine and Winning Workplaces recognized Golden Artist Colors
as one of the winners of the 2011 Top Small Company Workplaces competition – an
annual recognition that highlights the nation's best small and mid-sized company
work environments – in Inc.'s June issue. The magazine features the competition's
50 winners from 80 finalists and nearly 350 applicants.
Every year since 2003, Winning Workplaces, an Evanston, IL-based non-profit
organization, has recognized those firms that attribute much of their business
success to their commitment to exemplary people practices and outstanding workplace
cultures."We were absolutely thrilled when we received the exciting news,"
said GOLDEN CEO, Mark Golden. "We believe that if you create an environment
that is inviting, supportive and encourages taking risks and learning, people will
come, stay and thrive. At GOLDEN, we've always believed that if the people thrive,
the company will too."
Golden Artist Colors began as a four-person company producing artist paint in 1980.
A commitment to delight its customers has lead to consistent growth. Now employing
150 full-time employees in its 100,000 square-foot facility, GOLDEN continues to
extend the boundaries of painting through producing quality innovative products
born of a constant dialogue with artists. Such high standards are achieved through
efforts from the entire staff in a shared commitment to excellence. GOLDEN has
always prepared and directed its employees to act and feel like owners through
participative management practices and in 2002, the company established an Employee
Stock Ownership Program, making ownership more tangible for staff. And just eight
short years later, employees celebrated another milestone it its success, by becoming
majority owners of the organization!
"I think itís wonderful to be recognized as a winning place to work, as we
already feel that way," said Customer Service Representative and NY/NJ ESOP 2011
Employee Owner of the Year award recipient, Jonie Bassett. "When you enjoy your
work day and know your input is important to fellow owners, the sense of
accomplishment keeps you wanting more."
"GOLDEN is not only a leader in fine art materials, but in creating a
nurturing environment in which people flourish and succeed," said company
President & COO Barbara Schindler." This award reinforces our dedication to
create a positive work culture, resulting in an engaged and committed workforce."
For more information about Golden Artist Colors, go to
www.goldenpaints.com. To read about the company's receipt of the prestigious
2011 Top Small Company Workplace Award, go to www.winningworkplaces.org.
About Golden Artist Colors, Inc.
Located in its 100,000-square-foot facility in rural Columbus, N.Y., GOLDEN's
147 employees are committed to producing materials that encourage exploration of
form and concept, while assuring archival integrity. GOLDEN takes pride in the
fact that its Custom Lab is the only facility of its kind, dedicated to designing
products to the specifications of individual artists. Developing paints to meet
exacting criteria is the specialty of GOLDEN's custom operations. As a natural
progression from its initiatives in the fine arts market, GOLDEN established
Paintworks, the commercial paint and coatings division of the company, providing
commercial and OEM clients with paint making technology, toll manufacturing and
integrated solutions. In May 2010, Golden Artist Colors purchased Williamsburg
Handmade Oil Colors, a painter's paint that continues to be made by dedicated paint
makers in small batches. Williamsburg Oils offers one of the most extensive and
unique lines of handmade oil paints in the world, including our famous Native Italian
Earth Colors and custom blends. The company is not only committed to its customers
and local community, but to its employee owners as well. In April 2010, GOLDEN
employees became the majority owners of the company and in 2008, the company became
a 100% Tobacco Free Campus for staff and visitors. For more information about Golden
Artist Colors, Inc. and its comprehensive product offering, call 1-800-959-6543 or
visit the company's Web site at
www.goldenpaints.com. For more information about Williamsburg, go to