Month: September 2020

COE Distributing Recipient of Pittsburgh Top Workplaces 2020 Award

UNIONTOWN, Pa. – Sept. 23, 2020 – PRLog — COE Distributing has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2020 honor by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, ranking 21 of 57 small companies recognized on the list.

Altogether, the Post-Gazette spotlighted 92 Pittsburgh-area companies of various sizes and industries on the rankings which are based solely on feedback from employees who rate their workplace culture through a third-party survey administered by the Post-Gazette’s Top Workplaces research partner Energage LLC.

Data collected addresses employee satisfaction with the basics like pay, benefits and training and gives a unique look at the importance employees place on issues such as their alignment with their company’s values and direction, having meaningful work and feeling appreciated and employee engagement and development.

COE Distributing has a robust employee engagement program. Whether it’s career development programs such as Rising Stars, Employee Recognition, Profit Sharing or those geared toward a more personal approach such as Financial Workshops, Volunteer Paid Time Off and Virtual Book Clubs, the more than 100 employees benefit from an extensive list of offerings. Perhaps the most exciting addition for COE has been the Bi-Weekly Warrior Helmet Handoff in partnership with the Pittsburgh Penguins, which is a peer-to-peer recognition program based on demonstration of COE values of customer service, teamwork, quality, transparency, safety and respect.

“One of our largest focuses over the past several years has been on allowing team members to really grow within the business,” said COE Distributing President and CEO J.D. Ewing. “We’re developing leaders at all levels of the organization and this recognition in the Top Workplaces program shows our employees value our efforts to grow with everyone’s input.”

The awards process began back in January, when 1,493 public, private, nonprofit or governmental entities with more than 50 employees were invited to participate. COE and other nominees were celebrated in a virtual awards program on September 17 and the official rankings were announced in the September 20 edition of the Post-Gazette.

Kayla Markle, our System Support Assistant, was named our newest COE Warrior! Kara Brooks passed it off to Kayla stating that she is a true team player, is always helpful, and is quick to respond to any email or question. We couldn’t be prouder of Kayla for receiving this much-deserved honor. Continue reading to see what this honor means to her.

What does winning the warrior helmet mean to you?

It’s already a great honor to be recognized for the work you do, but I believe it’s an even greater honor when that recognition comes from a colleague.

What did you or what do you look for when it comes to choosing the next recipient?

I chose someone that I feel doesn’t get “seen” very often, but still embodies our core values even when nobody is watching.

How has COE helped you to get where you are?

I have always been a follower and kind of a wallflower my whole life, and I firmly believe COE and my work family have helped me come out of my shell. I am so much less inclined to back down when presented with a challenge than I was before starting here. I’m truly grateful to work for a place that inspires me personally.

What goals do you want to achieve and how can COE help get you there?

I want to continue to learn more skills that will help me do my job better. I feel COE is a great place for that because I am presented with so many opportunities for operational growth, and surrounded by so many great coworkers that are looking to succeed as well.

What is your favorite part of our employee engagement programs at COE and why?

I love that COE makes us feel like a huge family through the engagement programs. It’s not like that at a lot of other places, and I am grateful to work for a company that really cares about its employees.

What are you most excited for when it comes to our Penguin partnership?

What’s not to love about the Penguins?? Jokes aside, I think it’s incredibly cool that we are the first company to partner with the Penguins for something like this. They are a world class organization, and I really feel it says a lot about COE that they chose to partner with us.

What COE value do you think you’re the strongest in and why?

I think I’m strongest in teamwork. I am always ready and willing to jump in the deep end to help the team, no matter how big or small the task is.

Share some fun facts about yourself!

I studied for a semester in England, and celebrated my 21st birthday there. I was a competitive bowler and shooter as a teen, and I’ve won awards for both.

COE Distributing President and CEO Named Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020 East Central Award Finalist

UNIONTOWN, Pa. – Sept. 18, 2020 – PRLog — J.D. Ewing, president and CEO of national office furnishings wholesaler COE Distributing, was chosen as a finalist in Ernst & Young LLP’s 2020 Entrepreneur Of The Year program.

Entrepreneur Of The Year is one of the preeminent competitive business awards for leaders of high-growth companies. Ewing is among 26 finalists selected from nearly 100 nominations within the East Central region of the United States by a panel of independent judges. He is one of seven selected from the Pittsburgh region.

Award winners will be announced during a special virtual event on October 7, 2020. This year, entrepreneurs who have provided extraordinary support to their communities, employees and others during the COVID-19 crisis will also be recognized for their courage, resilience and ingenuity.

COVID-19 certainly posed daunting challenges for an office furnishings distributor looking for ways to serve clients while offices sat empty.

“My unstoppable team had a clear focus on envisioning and creating new products to meet customer demands and getting them to market in less than two months,” Ewing said. “I couldn’t be prouder of the way my team created the opportunity to be relevant in this economy and I am honored to be recognized by the Entrepreneur Of The Year program on their behalf.”

COE went beyond remaining relevant throughout the pandemic. Shifting from solely distributing to also manufacturing its own new product lines, the company was able to avoid furloughs, hire additional employees and achieve the highest revenue month in company history in August.

Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists were evaluated based on six criteria, including overcoming adversity; financial performance; societal impact and commitment to building a values-based company; innovation; and talent management. Now in its 34th year, Entrepreneur Of The Year has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries throughout the world.

COE Distributing Clinches Seventh Recognition on Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Companies


UNIONTOWN, Pa. – Sept. 15, 2020 – PRLog — For the seventh consecutive year, COE Distributing is recognized on Inc. magazine’s prestigious Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America.

COE, a national distributor and manufacturer of office furnishings, climbed 54 spots from last year to rank 4,396 on the 2020 listing, showcasing an impressive three-year revenue growth of nearly 75%. It’s one of only four Pittsburgh-area companies recognized in the business products and services category.

The 2020 Inc. 5000 ranks U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent companies according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2016 and 2019. The list represents the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment — its independent small businesses. Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the COE team — our stellar performance and phenomenal growth,” said J.D. Ewing, COE’s president and CEO. “It’s humbling to be honored among the many amazing companies on the Inc. 5000 list and gratifying to see our hard work pay off as COE has now been in this elite group seven years running!”

Well positioned to top out even higher on 2021 list, COE has continued to thrive despite the unique challenges COVID-19 delved out to the industry. While many shuttered doors, COE listened intently to customer needs and pivoted to meet a new demand — producing an expansive line of acrylic screens and dividers. Now also manufacturer, not just distributor, COE achieved its highest revenue month in company history in August 2020.

For complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region and other criteria, visit

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