“GLBC was our main competitor. Beating them was a rallying point for us. So, when this merger came together it felt weird at first. But then you realize that their people are just like yours. You’re all doing the same kind of work, Great Little Box Company (CONT’D FROM PAGE 28)
to pandemic conditions. In a context of social distancing, how could GLBC maintain its culture of connection? “Before COVID, we would all take trips together – the whole company – to Las Vegas or Mexico,” says Bob. “I remember hundreds of people dancing together on the beach in Mexico. During COVID, Christine had a creative idea for how to replace the idea of the trip by having em- ployees purchase something that would bring them joy to- day. We had a great year, so every employee got a bonus of $1,200. But you had to spend it on something you really wanted, something personal. Lots of people bought bicy- cles and camping gear.” With the worst of the pandemic over, those opportu- nities for connection are on the rise. Brad and Christine both look forward to facilitating those connections—this time with a 500-person-strong team—and feel gratitude for what was never lost. “We’re grateful for the fact that people tell us today that their favorite part of the job is their co-workers, and it’s the same answer people gave 20 years ago, when the com- pany was so much smaller,” says Brad. “The fact that the essence of the company is still intact even after all of this growth is collectively our greatest achievement so far.” Tyler, after 36 years with GLBC, echoes Brad’s grati- tude: “The best thing about work is the people. It’s always been that way. We started out as one big happy family and it’s just expanded over the years.” Visit www.glbc.com for more about the company.
all trying as hard as you can to succeed. And the transi- tion was relatively smooth, thanks to Brad and Christine’s leadership. It eventually became clear that our companies were a perfect fit and could really evolve together.” Of course, evolving during this time included adapting Bob & Margaret Meggy break ground on the new manufactur- ing facility on Mitchell Island, Richmond
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