Shreveport Torch Award Winners

November 10, 2009
The Better Business Bureau held its 5th Annual Torch Awards Luncheon today at East Ridge Country Club, Shreveport, Louisiana, honoring 15 companies from the Shreveport and Bossier area.

The Torch Awards are presented to the company with high ethical standards of behavior towards customers, suppliers, users, shareholders, employees, and communities in which they do business.
The nominees were:
Basic Matrix, Shreveport
Beasley-Keith Insurance Agency, Inc.,Bossier City
Broadmoor Garage, Shreveport
Harrison Paint Company, Shreveport
Home Federal Savings & Loan, Shreveport
Johnson’s Furniture, Bossier City
Perot Plumbing, Keithville
Shirley Insulation & Acoustics, LLC, Shreveport
Sun Furniture, Shreveport
Tri-State Aluminum Products/McInnis Construction Co., Inc., Shreveport
Barksdale Federal Credit Union, Bossier City
Builder’s Supply, Shreveport
Graphic Industries, Shreveport
Ivan Smith Furniture, Shreveport
KSLA TV, Inc., Shreveport.
The winner of the small business BBB Torch Award presented to a business with less than 49 employees was Broadmoor Garage, Scotty Osborne, President. In 1955 Roy and Elsie Osborne bought what is now known as Broadmoor Garage. They started with only a few employees and now have close to 20 employees. The business started at 505 E. Kings Hwy and it now spans from 503-511 E. Kings Hwy. Broadmoor Garage is still a family owned business with Michael Scott Osborne as President and manager. Scotty has been with the company for over 35 years. On several occasions Scotty has told the customer “do not put any more money into this car, it is time to get another vehicle.” That type of honesty is what their customers feel sets Broadmoor Garage apart from other repair shops. They have been a BBB Accredited Business since 1996.

The winner of the large company for businesses with 50 employees or more was Builder’s Supply, Grady Golden, Carlton Golden, & Bill Golden, owners. Builder’s Supply started as a building material dealer in 1913 and delivered sack cement, sand, gravel, and other materials with mules and dump wagons. During this time all concrete was mixed on the jobsite by contractors with small portable concrete mixers. In 1932 they purchased the first two concrete trucks to be used in North La. The Golden family has been an integral part of Builder’s Supply for over 70 years. HWG Golden started working there in 1935 when the first two trucks were still operating. The company is locally owned and managed by co-owners Carlton Golden, Grady Golden and Bill Golden who all started working there when they were 15. Builder’s Supply furnishes concrete and building materials on homes, apartments, commercial buildings, industrial buildings, streets, highways, bridges, and other construction projects in Northwest Louisiana. They have been a BBB Accredited Business since 1956.

Also recognized at the luncheon was the BBB Endowed Scholarship at LSUS recipient Jared Stevenson. The BBB scholarship was established to assist business majors pursuing an MBA. Major General James Kowalski, Vice Commander, Global Strike command, BAFB, was a special quest.