50 Innovative Companies to Watch 2021
The Silicon Review
“Gould Industries has always emphasized recycling, and to date, they've helped to recycle approximately 25 million kilos of plastic or more annually. Undoubtedly they're an industry leader when it comes to making the world a greener and cleaner place.”
Gould Industries, a division of Panetta Empire, has a world-renowned reputation of quality, innovation, and production skills that defines it from others. Primarily producing private-brand janitorial and sanitation products, Gould is quickly expanding in the private label sector for packaging, cosmetics, baby care, and personal care. The company has expanded its factory three times in just the last four years. Also, it has signed some major distribution deals across North America. Besides, Gould Industries is also recycling more than 25 million kilos of plastic yearly and has a direct impact on the environment, and takes its role very seriously, always making strides to improve daily. Throughout the years, the company has gained a world-renowned reputation of quality, innovation, and production skills that are unmatched by most competitors in its niche in Canada and beyond.
Gould Industries was found in 1954 and is headquartered in Montreal, Canada.
Frederico Panetta, CEO of Gould Industries, spoke exclusively to The Silicon Review. Below is an Excerpt.
Serving People and the Planet
Gould Industries has always emphasized recycling, and to date, it has helped to recycle approximately 25 million kilos of plastic or more annually. Undoubtedly, Gould is an industry leader when it comes to making the world a greener and cleaner place, with its practices having a direct impact on the long-term future of the environment. Over the years, putting its employees first along with always going above and beyond for them is what has led to better results for the company.
“We’re unique in our approach of putting our employees, the customer, the environment, and our place in the community over profit.”
Frederico has a unique appreciation for his employee’s livelihood, which helped him become the successful business leader he is today. “I invest heavily in my people and hope they do the same for me, 90 percent of the time, they will go above and beyond for you if you do the same for them.”
“We did a lot to create a state-of-the-art facility for our staff to work in and enjoy on a daily basis, and our dress code is relaxed, which creates a less stressful work environment where employees can be themselves. Not to mention, we do the most we can to keep things up to code with CDC guidelines in mind to make sure our employees are protected while they work through the pandemic and the occasional lockdown.”
Battling Pandemic with Iron Fist
Gould Industries is entirely recession, pandemic, and natural disaster-proof.
“In this pandemic, I have learned that caring for one another is the greatest wealth that you can give, provide, and give. When my decisions are based purely on providing help to the healthcare system, it goes a long way beyond making any kind of financial gain to me.”
“It has proven time and time again in the last 65 years that our walls are standing high and strong. We’ve also added a medical side to our operations with syringes, protective gear, hospital beds, etc. That’s become part of the strategic positioning in becoming a fully turnkey operation.”
Gould Industries is another step closer to becoming a globally recognized brand outselling the likes of Johnson & Johnson who has had a similar 'turnkey' approach selling everything from vaccines to facial scrubs. Right now, although Gould Industries isn't a worldwide leader, they're dominating their territories in Canada, and since they're not a mega monopoly, they still have all the chances to know each and every employee, creating a family-like environment.
Furthermore, Gould Industries has attracted a lot of notoriety and respect from the community for its services, always going above and beyond the call of duty. Also, the company holds several community-based events annually, most of them for high school students, showcasing and celebrating the arts, and for people in need all in one melting pot. “Just walking in front of our building and through our halls has the power to turn lives around for the many we've worked with and had the pleasure of employing.”
With all this being said, it's evident how much Frederico Panetta cares for his community and the hundreds of people he employs.
A Relentlessly Reliable Leader
Frederico Panetta is the Chief Executive Officer of Gould Industries. He is a prime example of what success can look like if you take care of your team and put the company above your own needs every step of the way. Especially in the past year, many entrepreneurs had their businesses dismantled due to COVID-19 and the lockdowns that came with them. The pandemic, without a doubt, changed the landscape for businesses and humanity as a whole, but somehow, many figured out novel ways to operate and bring more value to their communities and the hundreds of people they employ worldwide. Mr. Panetta was one such leader who created a legacy during these uncertain times, providing job stability for his employees. He genuinely cares for the product, his employees, and his community.