FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.—Valley Forge Fabrics was named the winner of a Gold Stevie Award in the Company of the Year category in The 16th Annual American Business Awards on May 1, 2018. The American Business Awards are the United States’ premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the country are eligible to submit nominations—public and private, for-profit and nonprofit, large and small.
Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word meaning “crowned,” the awards were presented to winners at a gala ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York earlier this month.
More than 3,700 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Startup of the Year, Executive of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Marketing Campaign of the Year, Live Event of the Year, and App of the Year, among others. Valley Forge Fabrics was nominated in the Company of the Year category for Large Manufacturing.
‘Diversification in Our Industry’
The winning nomination, called “Diversification in Our Industry”, centered on Valley Forge’s strategic plan to diversify the business. Historically the company sold only fabric on a roll and has evolved to encompass more valuable finished product categories for the hospitality industry; from finished bedding to the fabrication and installation of window treatments. Favorable comments about the nomination from the judges include, “Love this company! Great mindset of diversification. Great focus on sustainability. Great approach to expanding the business and product offerings….” and “What a fascinating story and realization of a 2017 strategic objective! Well done!”
Diana Dobin, 2nd generation leader of the business said, “Our diversification into more complex textile products for hospitality allows us to provide more value to our customers, and also successfully feed the creativity of our talented team. We are innovators at heart and are deeply passionate makers who are very proud and motivated by manufacturing here in the USA.”
More than 200 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners.
“The nominations submitted for The 2018 American Business Awards were outstanding,” said Michael Gallagher, President and founder of the Stevie Awards. “The competition was intense, and those recognized as Stevie Award winners should be immensely proud of this accomplishment.”