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October 22, 2018 Family Business Awards 2018

The Gilman Brothers Co.

A family photo of the Gilman family.

4th Place — 76-plus employees category

The Gilman Brothers Co.

Headquarters: Gilman

Industry: Manufacturing

Year Founded: 1897

Founder: Nathan Gilman

Generation Currently Running Company: 3rd

No. of Full-Time Employees: 107

No. of Part-Time Employees: 20

Family Members Currently Employed at Company: Evan Gilman, President, Sara Mallari, Board Member, Cyrus Gilman, Vice President — all siblings or grandchildren of founder Nathan Gilman; Nicholas Gilman, Shipping Receiving, George Kazakidis, Lower Mill Production, Nathan Gilman, Warehouse & Logistics Leader, Alex Kazakidis, Warehouse Supervisor, David Gilman, Shipping Receiving — all great-grandchildren of founder Nathan Gilman.

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The Gilman Brothers Co. is a manufacturer of foam board products for signage, display and graphics. Its full line of foam boards is depended upon by graphic arts professionals to create merchandising signage for retail display as well as POP displays, props and exhibits.

Recent accomplishments

The Gilman Brothers Co. recently celebrated its 120th year in business and restructured and reorganized, including hiring a new director of operations. It also expanded its business, upgraded its manufacturing equipment and launched a 24/7 customer-service hotline.

How do you remain competitive in the market?

By building an evolving and innovative organization that listens to employees and customers, and provides value-added services and superior products to all levels of customers (distributors, printers and end users). Customer service has always been the driving force at The Gilman Brothers Co.  

How do you instill your family values in your employees?

We instill our family values by leading by example, treating employees like human beings, making everyone feel as if we are all one family. Nothing is beneath anyone to do.  When times get challenging that's when it's most rewarding to work at Gilman Brothers as the teams gel as one with the relentless passion to do the next right thing, always remembering what is most important — the customer.

What are the top two goals for your company over the next 10 years?

To double our revenue and profits every three years and continue developing new patentable services and products that globally lead the way for all aspects of communications for retailers.

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