LET OUR 80 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
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In 1919, Augustus Ellis founded the Kings Ink Company. In 1931, it went on the block. Jobless by Christmas, David C. Evans borrowed $2,000 on his home, bought Kings Ink, and broadened its ink only line to include paste, glue, and other small items. Soft drink concentrates, cake flavors and coloring, eyeglass cleaner, window washing compound and other products were soon added. The food line was sold under a new label "Gold Medal Products."
In 1933, Dave Evans hired his first employee, and volume increased. Soon after, drink concentrates were sold in larger bottles to the carnival and amusement park industry for beverages and Sno-Kones®.
Following the concentrates, the company began distributing Sno-Kone® cups, ice shaving machines, and crockery syrup dispensers. Popcorn supplies followed, and by the late 30s the Kings Ink Company was all but history. By 1941, Gold Medal was making Caramel Corn patties for local groceries, confectionaries, and other retailers.
WWII gave rise to an active trade in used popcorn and ice ball equipment. Candy-coated patties were discontinued and the rationed sugar allotment was diverted into a new product line up, cola syrups.
By the late 1940s, Gold Medal was a major ice shaver machine and popcorn machine producer. Gold Medal introduced its first small popcorn popper the next year. The first factory-made Cotton Candy cone & Cotton Candy machine was made that same year.
In 1951, Gold Medal perfected a machine that could automatically roll a 4"x12" piece of paper into a tapered cotton candy cone, eliminating the slow hand rolling process. Anyone who wanted to be in the cotton candy business had to come to Cincinnati.
In 1949, the 6-ounce Pop-A-Lot® kettle put Gold Medal on the popcorn makers' map. In the 50s, Gold Medal saw an opening and introduced the 12-ounce Whiz Bang Popper, followed by the Continental Mark 8 and 14-ounce Citation. More manufacturing space was needed. Two years later, Gold Medal moved into a 92,000 sq.ft. building in the West End.
WE'RE HOMETOWN PRIDE WITH AN INTERNATIONAL PRESENCE
Keys to new growth under Dave's two sons, David Bruce and J.C., were specialty items and eye-catching merchandising. As popcorn sales grew, Gold Medal was the first in the industry to recognize the importance of working with dealers. So while competitors still chased after prospects themselves, Gold Medal's ad-generated sales leads were referred to a growing dealer network. In 2008 the 50th Annual Distributor Conference took place for more than 500 distributors worldwide.
The company continues to thrive with the third and fourth generations, each building on the success of the past. David Bruce's children and granddaughter—Dave, Nancy, and Sally, and Dave's daughter Megan—work alongside J.C.'s children and granddaughter—John and Doug, and John's daughter Kayla.
WE HAVE AN EXTENDED FAMILY OF EXPERTS AND SPECIALISTS
Today, Gold Medal has more than 350 employees committed to fueling our product lines with sales-generating concessions, as well as specialty foods machines and supplies. In addition to the network of dealers world-wide, Gold Medal has 11 branches throughout the nation to serve you.
From our 500-square foot beginning to our 425,000 square foot headquarters in suburban Cincinnati, Ohio, everything we do reflects our dedication and success in holding true to our visions.