In the third quarter of 2008, The Garland Company, Inc., a Cleveland, Ohio-based manufacturer and distributor of high performance solutions for the building envelope, was the recipient of two regional and one national awards honoring its contributions in a variety of areas.
As a first time member of Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000, Garland was one of only 67 Ohio companies recognized as one of the United States’ fastest growing private businesses. The Inc. 5000 has become a benchmark for innovative, dynamic, and successful companies in the nation. Alumni include such companies as Microsoft and Oracle.
The City of Cleveland Department of Economic Development in cooperation with the Cleveland Citywide Development Corporation recently honored Garland Industries with its Brownfield Redevelopment Award. This award honors Cleveland-based companies for their accomplishments in assisting the local economy. Garland’s CFO Chuck Ripepi explains, “Our decision to invest in this property, adjacent to our corporate headquarters, is evidence of Garland’s ongoing commitment to help grow the economy of Cleveland, where many our workers reside.”
For the ninth consecutive year, Garland was selected by the Employers Resource Council (ERC) as one of the top 99 places to work in northeast Ohio. The ERC is northeast Ohio’s largest employers’ association serving over 1,000 organizations with nearly 400,000 employees in 22 counties. As a NorthCoast 99 award winning company, Garland was evaluated on a number of employee focused criteria, including compensation, benefits, health and safety, training and education, diversity, communication, and community service and involvement.
According to Wally Barch, who is a director of recruiting and training for Garland, “These recognitions demonstrate the commitment Garland has made to attracting and retaining top performers. In today’s competitive economy, finding the best people is directly tied to a company’s performance in three critical areas: a track record of aggressive growth, involvement in its home community, and a supportive, people first culture. Garland is proud to have been recognized for our achievements in all three areas this year.”