One of the great things about family businesses is that they can sprout in nearly any industry. Connecticut, in particular, has a diverse array of family businesses, some of which have been around for more than a century. They represent some of the greatest companies Connecticut has to offer. For the 2016 Connecticut Family Business Awards, the Hartford Business Journal is highlighting some of the finest family businesses in the state, from a wide range of industries.
They are jewelers, media companies, trash disposers and even nursing-home operators, among many others. In the pages that follow, we highlight our top winners — along with dozens of other nominees — including what sets them apart from the competition, how they stay ahead in the marketplace, and how they remain true to their founding principles in a modern economy. For these companies, the key to long-term success is treating everyone like family including employees and customers.
The Connecticut Family Business Awards honor companies that had particularly strong successes over the last 12 months by: completing expansions, growing revenues, adding employees or fulfilling major projects.
Yet, as they find success, these companies stay rooted in their traditions, even if that means changing with the times. Please join Hartford Business Journal in congratulating this year's winners, who were chosen by an independent panel of judges (see PG. 42 for more information on them). And remember, we'll be back next year with a new crop of winners, so please nominate any worthy companies.
Greg Bordonaro Editor
Swede's Jewelers Inc.: Fewer than 25 full-time employees
Paine's Incorporated: 25-75 full-time employees
Record-Journal: 76-199 full-time employees
Arbors of Hop Brook LP: 200+ full-time employees
Baribault Jewelers: Fewer than 25 full-time employees
BioSafe Systems: 25-75 full-time employees
Hughes Health & Rehabilitation: 76-199 full-time employees
O&G Industries: 200+ full-time employees
Fortunato Construction Group: Fewer than 25 full-time employees
Acme Wire Products Co. Inc.: 25-75 full-time employees
Saybrook Point Inn, Spa, Marina: 76-199 full-time employees
Allied Printing Services Inc.: 200+ full-time employees