The Gilman Brothers Company was honored at the Hartford Business Journal 2018 Connecticut Family Business Awards, a distinction which recognizes the achievements of the state’s top family-owned companies. The award was announced on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at a gala hosted by the Hartford Business Journal.
The Gilman Brothers Company placed fourth in a field of sixty in the category for companies with over seventy-five employees. Company President Evan Gilman, grandson of company founder Nathan Gilman, was on hand to accept the award, accompanied by members and friends of the Gilman family. In addition to the awards event, winners were recognized in a special section of the Hartford Business Journal.
Family businesses are an integral part of the social and business fabric of Connecticut. The HBJ Connecticut Family Business Awards recognize outstanding achievements in family-owned businesses and tell the story of a select group of the region’s most successful firms.
“It’s a testament to the company’s vision, mission and purpose,” says Evan Gilman, president of the Gilman Brothers Company. “Our team is strong, focused and excited for the future. We are all humbled and honored by this award.”
The Gilman Brothers Company is based in Southeastern Connecticut, in a village bearing its founder’s name, and has a long history of keeping pace with change through research and development. Originating in New York City, where in 1897 Nathan Gilman established himself in the bedding business, the family has manufactured cotton batting, insulation, and in the 1950s retooled to produce foam products.
Today the company, which recently celebrated its 120th anniversary, is headed by Nathan’s grandson Evan Gilman. In all, eight members of the Gilman family are active participants in the company, serving as board members and in all phases of the manufacturing process.
More about the history of The Gilman Brothers Company can be found under the “About Us” page on the company’s Web site.