Marden’s, GHM agency received family awards


SOUTH PORTLAND — Marden’s Surplus & Salvage Inc. of Waterville was one of the four award winners at the annual Maine Family Business Awards celebration here last week.

Marden’s, with stores in Lewiston and throughout the state, received the Leon Gorman Award (25-plus employees). Said the judges: “… an organized family business, where family members are hands on and work their way up in the company, serving on the board of directors and in the community.”

Another winner was GHM Agency of Waterville, which has a branch in Auburn and another in Augusta. The agency received the Shep Lee Award for community service. The judge said “GHM has consistently given back to the community in volunteer time and money to over 50 nonprofit organizations.”

Other winners were:

The Maddy Corson Award (fewer than 25 employees) went to Sweetser’s Apple Barrel and Orchards of Cumberland.

And an honorable mention for the Leon Gorman Award was given to Mancini Electric of Portland.


The companies were selected from 70 nominations, with the criteria including business success, positive business and family linkages, contributions to community and industry, family participation, work environment, communication, innovative business practices or strategies.

The May 17 celebration marked the 11th year of the awards that showcase family-owned businesses. For more information, contact Tom Juenemann, director, at 207-780-5935 or go to