Cedarburg firm wins innovation award for sustainable furniture

By Freeman Staff

March 7, 2019

Pictured at the 2019 Business Excellence Awards are Amish Craftsmen Guild winners, from left, Bud Goss, Amanda Goss, Stacie Nowak, Brad Sugars, Laura Armstrong-Goss and Chris Carman.
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CEDARBURG Amish Craftsmen Guild outdoor furniture company of Cedarburg was named the winner of Most Innovative Company at the 2019 Business Excellence Awards, an annual event that honors the best of the best small-and medium-sized businesses around the world.

The event, which was held in Charleston, S.C., showcases exceptional results for business owners, entrepreneurs and their teams.

The Business Excellence Forum and Awards are sponsored by Action-COACH, an business coaching franchise.

The company is owned by Laura Armstrong-Goss and Bud Goss, along with their daughters Amanda Goss and Stacie Nowak.

The Amish Craftsmen Guild is a pioneer in Amish handcrafted HDPE high-density polyethylener outdoor sustainable furniture. Laura Armstrong-Goss said she and her brother Del first introduced the recycled and repurposed sustainable material to the Amish more than 20 years ago because one of their crafters was getting sick from using varnishes and paints.

The Amish Craftsmen Guild works with old order Amish crafters to create signature looks and works alongside crafters to help design furniture that is timeless but that keeps up with the demands of outdoor living today. Amish Crafsmen Guild is able to do things that other outdoor furniture business cannot, like custom color combinations, smooth edges and signature looks.

The innovative family business has also had to be creative in communication because their crafters do not have phones nor computers at their homes.