King Arthur Flour Honored with Terry Ehrich Large Company Leader Award

Employee-Owned Company Recognized for Socially Responsible Business Practices

King Arthur Flour of Norwich, VT, was announced this week as the recipient of the 2008 Terry Ehrich Large Company Leader Award from Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. The annual award recognizes companies demonstrating a sustained commitment to socially responsible business practices.

"King Arthur Flour has taken pride in its socially responsible business practices for more than 200 years, and the company has placed even greater importance on these efforts since becoming employee-owned more than a decade ago," said spokesperson Allison Furbish. "We believe businesses have a responsibility to uphold the social and environmental ideals Terry Ehrich worked for throughout his life, and we're very pleased to be honored in his name."

The prestigious Terry Ehrich award was established in 2002 in honor of Terry Ehrich of Hemmings Motor News in Bennington, Vt. In addition to running a successful business, Terry Ehrich was a founding member of VBSR, founder of the First Day Foundation for public schools, and a tireless advocate for public policies to protect the Vermont environment, workforce, and a sustainable economy.

King Arthur Flour will be honored at the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility 2008 Awards for Excellence recognition dinner on June 12, 2008, aboard the Northern Lights cruise boat on Lake Champlain.

VBSR is a statewide business trade association representing the most innovative, fast-growing Vermont companies with over $4 billion in annual sales. Member companies demonstrate respect for their employees, respect for their environment, and a commitment to an economy built upon multiple bottom lines. For more information, visit vbsr.org.

America's oldest flour company, King Arthur Flour has grown from a regional staple to a brand known nationwide not only for its high-quality flours but for its passion in sharing the joy of baking; 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 was named the Best Place to Work in Vermont in 2006 and 2007, and received the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Vermont Business Award and the Better Business Bureau Local Torch Award for Excellence in 2006. King Arthur Flour offers more than 1,000 professional-grade baking tools and ingredients through its catalogue, online at kingarthurflour.com, and at The Baker's Store in Norwich, VT Through its products, publications and national educational programs, King Arthur Flour continues to strive toward its mission: To be a creative and profitable company that's a product, information, and education resource for, and inspiration to, bakers worldwide.