Family Style: Washington Family Business Awards 2012


This is the third year for Seattle Business magazine’s Washington Family Business Awards. And if ever a time seemed apt to call out the contributions of the family-owned business, it is now. As the economy slowly awakens from its prolonged nap, family-owned businesses are leading the way. Whether by virtue of committed owners whose shareholders are truly their closest relatives, or long-term strategies that ensure the survival of a company even in hard times, the best family businesses got through the downturn in relatively good shape because to do otherwise was simply not an option. Their owners and stakeholders knew that words like “trust,” “consistency” and “stewardship” are not marketing buzzwords. They are promises that must be kept. Between 60 and 70 percent of all businesses in the United States are family owned.  They create employment. They create wealth. They create community. On the pages that follow, we celebrate some of the best.

Legacy Winner: Campbell's Resort on Lake Chelan
Transitions Winner: Dishman Dodge Ram Chrysler
Best Practices Winner: AAOA Healthcare
Community Winner: Grounds for Change

Gold Winner: Baker Boyer Bank
Silver Winner: Powell-Christensen Inc.
Silver Winner: Oak Harbor Freight

Gold Winner: Cascade Gasket and Manufacturing Company
Silver Winner: Canlis Restaurant
Silver Winner: The Woods Coffee

Gold Winner: Dynamic Language
Silver Winner: Parfitt Way
Silver Winner: Westport Winery

Clarence Barnes,
Dean School of Business Administration, Gonzaga University
Dori Brewer,
Partner Perkins Coie
Steve Brilling,
Family Business Director Albers School of Busines and Economics, Seattle University
Ron Dohr,
President Dohr Family Business Consulting
Craig Nelson, President Washington Employers
Catherine Pratt, Director Family Enterprise Institute, Pacific Lutheran University
Christian Schiller, Managing Director Cascadia Capital
Rich Simmonds, Managing Partner Simmonds Associates

The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

Winner: Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
Legacy Award
Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
Auburn ›
When it’s time to make doughnuts — or loaves of bread, or sheets of rolls — it could well be a Belshaw Adamatic piece of equipment that’s turning out the baked goods. From a 120,000-square-foot plant in Auburn, Belshaw Adamatic produces the ovens, fryers, conveyors and specialty equipment like jelly injectors used by wholesale and retail bakeries.
The firm’s two legacy companies — Belshaw started in 1923, Adamatic in 1962 — combined forces in 2007. Italy’s Ali Group North America is the parent.
It it takes work to maintain a legacy. A months-long strike in 2013 damaged morale and forced a leadership change. Frank Chandler was named president and CEO of Belshaw Adamatic in September 2013. The company has since strived to mend workplace relationships while also introducing a stream of new products, such as a convection oven, the BX Eco-touch, with energy saving features and steam injection that can be programmed for precise times in baking. The company energetically describes it as “an oven that saves time, reduces errors, makes an awesome product, and is fun to use and depend on every day!”
So far, more than 3,000 have been installed in quick-service restaurants, bakeries, cafés and supermarkets in the United States. They are the legacy of Thomas and Walter Belshaw, former builders of marine engines, who began producing patented manual and automated doughnut-making machines in Seattle 90 years ago. They sold thousands worldwide and, today, Belshaw Adamatic is the nation’s largest maker and distributor of doughnut-making equipment.