MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tom Cook, President of the Elkay Cabinet Division, named Medallion Cabinetry engineer Tyler Kunzi as the recipient of the Cliff Freeman Award. Freeman was an industry pioneer who was instrumental in assisting Medallion with the purchase of Westwood Products in 1998 and in setting the stage for what is today Medallion’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Independence, OR.
As a leader, mentor, coach and friend, Freeman passionately shared his wisdom of manufacturing, business and positive employee relations. Freeman was known within Medallion and throughout the kitchen and bath industry for his vision, effective communication and leadership. Freeman passed away in 2006 at the age of 76.
To honor his memory, the Cliff Freeman Award is awarded to an individual who over the past year has been a dedicated employee, a concise communicator, a passionate, life long learner and one who contributes to the development of teamwork at Medallion. In addition to the gathering of Medallion executives and employees, 17 members of the Freeman family were on hand to present the award.
Kunzi has been with Medallion just over five years, and says, “it’s a great honor to receive this award and it’s my only hope to work hard and to follow in the footsteps of Cliff Freeman.”
Medallion has also established a scholarship fund for all employees. Beginning in Spring 2008, employees may nominate a child or grandchild for a $1,000 scholarship. The first scholarship will be awarded in September 2008.
Medallion, which is part of the Elkay Manufacturing family of companies, offers more than 4000 combinations of door styles, wood species and color finishes in semi-custom cabinetry through kitchen and bath design centers and dealers nationwide. In addition to the Independence plant, Medallion has more than 1500 employees located at facilities in Minnesota, Indiana and Illinois. Elkay Manufacturing’s cabinetry division, including Medallion, is the fourth largest cabinetry company in the U.S.