Gonnella Honored by Loyola University

On the evening of November 29 th , 2011 Gonnella Baking Company was a guest of honor along with many other distinguished family-owned, Chicago businesses by the Loyola University Family Business Center. The highlight of the evening was the announcement of the winners of the 2011 Illinois Family Business of the Year. Awards were given out for small, medium and large businesses. Gonnella Baking Co. received the Century Award, the Loyola Family Business Center's version of a lifetime achievement award.

The Century Award is a special designation handed out by the University. To be considered for this unique award the family business must demonstrate certain qualities:

  • A strong commitment to both business and family
  • Positive family/business linkage
  • Multi-generational family business involvement
  • Contributions to industry and community
  • Innovative business practices and strategies

"We are truly honored to receive the Century Award.", said Nick Marcucci, President of Gonnella Baking Co. "To be recognized by one of the finest education institutions in the country for our business accomplishments is very special. I am proud of my family and proud of this award," remarked Nick.

What started out in 1886 as a small neighborhood bakery in Chicago has grown to a national organization with 5 plants and over 600 employees. Currently about 34 family members work in the business that has spanned four generations since it was founded.

However, Gonnella views all of their employees and people within their community as their family. Gonnella is involved with many charitable organizations such as Easter Seals, Misericordia, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Greater Chicago Food Depository. "Being a part of the community and helping others is important to us," stated Mr. Marcucci.

Founded in 1886 and celebrating its 125th anniversary, the Gonnella Baking Company produces over three million pounds of product weekly at three Chicago area facilities and its newest plant in Hazle Township, Pennsylvania. As a high quality supplier for the in-store bakery and food service industries, Gonnella offers many product lines within the fresh baked, Baked Frozen and frozen dough categories. For more information please contact Tom Marcucci, Vice President, 1117 E Wiley Rd. Schaumburg, Chicago, Illinois 60173. Telephone (312) 733-2020, Fax (312) 733-7670, Web site: www.gonnella.com