King Arthur Flour Wins Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business Award

Norwich-based King Arthur Flour, a 100 percent employee-owned company, was honored this week with the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award. The award, named after former Vermont Governor Deane C. Davis, honors a Vermont business that “shows an outstanding history of sustained growth while displaying an acute awareness of what makes Vermont unique.”

“We’re very honored to receive this prestigious award,” said King Arthur Flour President and CEO Steve Voigt. “We work hard every day to make King Arthur Flour a great place to work, to enhance our communities, and to grow our business for the benefit of our customers, our employee-owners and all our community partners.”

The award, now in its sixteenth year, is sponsored by Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. It reflects a simple yet meaningful tenet that Davis brought to the Governor’s office: business and satisfied employees enhance the economy and help the environment. The award criteria reflect four Principles of Excellence: continued growth in number of employees and/or sales; commitment of company resources to community projects; recognition of Vermont’s environment as a natural and economic resource; and creation of a positive work environment for all employees. In addition, nominated businesses must have been headquartered in Vermont for at least 10 years.

In April, King Arthur Flour received the Better Business Bureau Local Torch Award for Excellence in recognition of its commitment to ethical business practices. The company was also recently a finalist for this year’s Large Company Terry Ehrich Award from Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, an award honoring outstanding contributions in the areas of workplace, political, social and natural environments.

America’s oldest flour company, King Arthur Flour was founded in Boston, Mass., in 1790 and moved its headquarters to Vermont in 1986. The company has grown since then from a regional staple to a brand known nationwide for its purity and consistent quality; from a small mail-order business with five employees in 1990 to the premier baking resource with nearly 200 employees today; from a family-owned operation for five generations to a 100 percent employee-owned business. King Arthur Flour is the parent company of The Baker’s Catalogue, which offers more than 1,000 professional-grade baking tools and ingredients through its catalogue, online at bakerscatalogue.com, and at The Baker’s Store in Norwich, VT