KSU names Georgia family biz winners

The Cox Family Enterprise Center at the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University on…

Georgia (May 26, 2010)

The Cox Family Enterprise Center at the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University on Monday named the winners of the “2010 Georgia Family Business of the Year Awards.”
Cox Century Award
Glover Foods of Americus began in 1892 and grew to become of one of the largest food distributing companies in Georgia. The firm has 200 employees, three of whom are members of the founding family
Large Business (250+ employees)
The winner is Butler Automotive Group of Macon. It started as a Chevrolet dealer in 1933 and evolved into an auto parts business. The firm now has 400 employees, including seven family members, and owns 10 auto dealerships. Finalists were Bennett International Group of McDonough and Ed Voyles Automotive Group in Marietta.
Medium Business (50 - 250 employees)
Winner N.A. Williams Co. of Atlanta was started in 1934 by the current chairman’s father. Today, the automotive industry manufacturers’ representative is chaired by the founder’s son and has sales representatives covering all 50 states. Finalists were Benning Construction Co. of Smyrna, Mercier Orchards of Blue Ridge and Repro Products of Smyrna.
Small Business (fewer than 50 employees)
The winner is Jones Wynn Funeral Home of Douglasville. It was founded in 1950 in Villa Rica by a husband and wife team. The funeral home now has two locations and is led by the third generation Finalists were CCA&B of Kennesaw and Stripling’s General Store of Cordele.
“The past year has been tough on all businesses,” said Joe Astrachan, executive director of the Cox Family Enterprise Center. “But family-owned firms have done better overall than most businesses. In this year’s awards, we honor companies that have withstood the test of time and have done exceptionally well in a difficult economy.”
Since 1991, the world renowned Cox Family Enterprise Center has honored the best Georgia-based family businesses. The awards are set for May 26 at 7 p.m. at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta.


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