Garland was recently named The ESOP Association’s Company of the Year for the Ohio/Kentucky Chapter, recognizing the company’s strong commitment to employee ownership. The award is given annually to a company that demonstrates clear communication with its employees and a commitment to The ESOP Association’s vision of endorsing employee participation, wealth creation, and individual dignity and worth. Garland is now qualified for the National ESOP Company of the Year competition, to be held June 21, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Garland initiated its ESOP in 1985 and became 100% employee-owned in 2004. “This is an incredible honor to share with our employee owners,” said David Sokol, President of Garland Industries, Inc. “We have long embraced the culture of our employee owners and the tremendous benefit they provide to our organization. It has been a beautiful process to witness everyone benefit from our continued success.”