Globe Manufacturing Company announced that its sister company, Falcon Performance Footwear in Auburn, Maine, was awarded the 2013 Governor’s Award for Business Excellence.
The award was presented at a ceremony held in Augusta on May 3rd.
The Governor’s Award for Business Excellence recognizes that business excellence is epitomized by a balanced combination of manufacturing and service excellence, and a steadfast commitment to employees, customers, and the community. The award was created in 1991 and is presented to for-profit companies that demonstrate a consistently high level of attentiveness and dedication in these areas. Falcon was one of 33 nominations submitted for a variety of businesses across Maine.
Falcon employs 55 people at the Auburn facility. In the last five years, the company has invested significantly in its capacity to manufacture American-made footwear through lean manufacturing and producing components that were previously only available from offshore suppliers.
“We are incredibly proud of our sister company and all of our employees at the Auburn plant. They are valued members of the Globe family with their day in and day out dedication to innovation, quality, and customer service,” said Rob Freese, senior vice president of marketing at Globe Manufacturing Company. “Our athletic footwear for firefighters made by Falcon is recognized across the fire service industry as unmatched in comfort and protection.”
Falcon was established in 1963 and has been making boots in Maine for 50 years, focusing its business on firefighter and industrial safety footwear in 2006. As a Globe partner, the company manufactures 12 styles of boots that are SEI certified to National Fire Protection Association standards. The unique construction of Globe boots improves first responder performance and minimizes slips and falls, a major hazard for firefighters on the fire ground.