For Business of the Year, itÂ’s all about keeping employees, customers happy

Bob Marolf, sales manager of Meadow Gold Dairy, says the company’s designation as Business of the Year by the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce is an honor, but it won’t likely be used to promote the business.

Being named the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year won’t likely result in bragging by Meadow Gold, according to Sales Manager Bob Marolf.

“I don’t think we’ll use it as a selling point. We’re honored by it, but we’re very humbled by it,” Marolf said.

Marolf accepted the award on behalf of the company Jan. 28 at the chamber’s annual banquet. He knew the award was coming, but few of the 160 employees that work in branches in Grand Junction, Cortez, Craig, Durango, Granby, Silt and Steamboat Springs were let in on the secret until the banquet.

“A lot of the employees were pretty excited about it. We’ve gotten letters and calls, too,” he said.

The company at 563 Sandhill Lane has operated in Grand Junction since the 1980s and ships out 900,000 gallons of milk each month. Trucks load up at the facility and travel to branches and carriers across Western Colorado and into Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona.

Meadow Gold has operated in Western Colorado for 85 years and moved its trucking facilities to Grand Junction as the town grew, but it left its dairy facilities in Delta. The Delta plant gets milk from eight family-owned dairy farms across Western Colorado. Products are shipped from but not made in Grand Junction.

Marolf said the company can probably attribute at least part of the reason they won Business of the Year to community outreach. Meadow Gold sponsors Girls on the Run and Grand Junction Parks and Recreation youth basketball, Tour of the Valley, the Grand Valley Health Fair and Lions Club Blood Draw, Kiwanis Pancake Day, the Shining Stars Foundation, Family Health West’s Annual Red Baron Ball Fundraiser, and a culinary scholarship at Western Colorado Community College.

The company also works with Food Bank of the Rockies and Salvation Army and donates to various events and community projects.

As for raising employee morale, Meadow Gold hosts cookouts and has an annual family picnic at Banana’s Fun Park, plus employees can collect points for safety milestones and use the points to buy gifts.

Marolf said the company also aims to keep customers happy.

“We’ve been told we’re more reliable than the Postal Service. In bad weather, we show up, even when most people don’t,” he said. “The things we really focus on are quality and service.”


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