2017 Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award Winners Announced

Madison, WI – May 4, 2017: Eight family businesses were honored at the fourteenth annual Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award banquet held Thursday evening at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison. Five grand awards were presented along with three special awards.

“The resilience and creativity of the family businesses we see is remarkable. Five of this year’s nominees are over 100 Years old!” stated Julie Bogle, lead Partner in the Family Business practice at Smith & Gesteland, the award founding sponsor. “They are the cornerstones in their communities. We love recognizing the wonderful things they have done in Wisconsin,” she stated.

Thirty-one companies were nominated for the awards.  Winners were selected by an independent panel of judges. Grand Awards were presented in three size categories: Large (100+ employees), Medium (25-99), and Small (under 25). Special awards were given by the judges to companies excelling in a particular area.

Grand Awards

Brakebush Brothers, Inc, Westfield                                                   Large Company

Crave Brothers Farm & Farmstead Cheese, Waterloo           Medium Company

Wiedenbeck, Inc., Monona                                                                      Small Company


Special Awards/Title

Central Storage & Warehouse Co., Inc., Madison                 Service and Quality… Down Cold

County Materials Corporation, Marathon                                Bridging the Skills Gap

Stoughton Trailers, LLC, Stoughton                                              Pulling for Success

Reynolds Transfer & Storage, Inc., Madison                           Moving Through the Generations

Qual Line Corporation, Waunakee                                              Heart of Steel


The judges and sponsors also recognized Alex Upendo, founder of Build-a-Bow, LLC of Racine as an “Outstanding Entrepreneur” for his work to raise awareness of bullying.

About the Award: The Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award is sponsored by Smith & Gesteland, LLP, a Madison-based CPA and Business Consulting firm, First Business Bank, and the Husch Blackwell law firm, to highlight and celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of family businesses that make an impact on their communities and on the Wisconsin economy.

Further information about the award can be found at www.familybusinessaward.com.

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