Mats Inc. senior shareholder, John Schiffmann, with the award. | Submitted photo

Mats Inc. was recognized as a finalist by the Family Business Association at the annual Awards for Massachusetts event held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Mass. on October 24, 2013.

The Family Business Association, Inc. is an independent non-profit organization focused on providing educational services and information to family business enterprises and dedicated to recognizing the accomplishments of all Massachusetts family businesses and their contributions to the economy.

An independent panels of judges evaluated nominations for four categories including first generation businesses, large businesses with more than 150 full-time employees, mid-sized businesses with 50 to 150 full-time employees and small businesses with fewer than 50 employees. Judges selected twenty-two finalists from more than 450 nominations whose business practices have had a positive impact on their business sector and the community. These companies have strong track records of success, family involvement, community service, innovation and a positive family business structure.

“It is a great honor to be recognized by the Family Business Association with the likes of this year’s mid-sized company winner, E.T. & L Corp,” said John Schiffmann, the senior shareholder of Mats Inc. “It was a distinct privilege to celebrate with the 22 companies’ families sharing a common bond that includes hard work, determination, facing challenging decisions and enduring difficult times. My family and I are very proud of the legacy that has been created at Mats Inc. and we continue to be grateful for the talented and dedicated team of employees, loyal customers and exceptional products that make it all possible.”