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Conyers Golden State Foods wins Chairman's Challenge Award for second year
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The Conyers facility of Golden State Foods, one of the largest diversified food processors and distributors in the U.S., was recently named the winner of its 2012 Chairman's Challenge award for the second year in a row.

The annual award, which is the highest honor given by GSF, recognizes outstanding facility achievement in safety, customer service, employee satisfaction, plant efficiencies, profitability and innovation - the all-around GSF facility leader for a given year. The facility is located at 1525 Old Covington Rd., N.E.

"This incredible accomplishment is the first time in the award's history that a facility has earned the award two years back-to-back," said Mark Wetterau, chairman and CEO of Golden State Foods. "They have set a new standard above and beyond their achievement in 2011 and serve as an inspiration to all of GSF's facilities."

The award was announced on February 13 at the GSF Partners' meeting in California and was accepted by Conyers facility leaders Dr. Wayne Morgan, corporate vice president and president - meat group, and Brian Dick, corporate vice president and president, liquid products, North America, on behalf of the entire Conyers team.

"Winning this award is really a testament to the hard work of all the Conyers associates over the last five years," said Morgan. "I'm proud of all of our team members and look forward to many more years of top performance out of the Conyers facility."

In addition to winning the Chairman's Challenge award, the Conyers facility was also awarded the "Best in Class Food Processing" award for its meat division. The award honors the achievements of three specific GSF business categories - QCD (Quality Custom Distribution), Food Processing and GSF Distribution.

Dick added, "Every single associate in Conyers has contributed to the success of the entire team, and I congratulate them on this wonderful achievement."

Established in 1947, GSF services more than 25,000 stores on six continents from its 34 facilities and has more than 4,500 employees world-wide. Its core businesses include processing of liquid products, meat, produce, bakery and other services as well as full-line distribution to the quick service restaurant industry. The company also runs a national non-profit organization, the GSF Foundation, for kids.