Elkay Manufacturing Co. named the Bongard Corp. (Forest Lake, MN) its 2009 “Rep of the Year.” Pictured are (L-R) Elkay’s Ted Hamilton, channel marketing director, and Steve Rogers, COO; Tim Jahnke, Elkay Cos. President/CEO; Ron Bongard, principal, Bongard Corp.; Mark Whittington, Elkay’s senior VP of sales; Pete Mayer, principal, Bongard Corp.; and Tom Beyer, president of channel marketing, Elkay.

Elkay said Bongard Corp. was selected for this award based on their history of steady growth of the Elkay line, especially in the past five years. Another factor was Bongard Corp.’s leveraging of Elkay Technology Center’s custom capabilities to create one-of-a-kind sinks and water coolers with the Minnesota “M” embossed on them for the University of Minnesota’s new football stadium. In addition, the Bongard Corp. is working with all Elkay divisions, creating new market channels for Elkay with fabricators and unique wholesalers, and continuing to develop strong relationships within Elkay’s current wholesalers.