Schell's Wins Big at This Year's Minnesota Family Business Award
The August Schell Brewing Company had a big night at this year’s Minnesota Family Business Awards, hosted by the renowned Minnesota Business Magazine. The August Schell Brewing Company received the Legacy Award, an honor given to businesses who have three or more generations of active family governance. Schell’s was the longest standing business among this year’s eight award finalists. Schell’s was in good company with other finalists including Bachman’s, Murphy Warehouse Company, Warners’ Stellian, and Western Bank, to name a few.
“Family businesses are arguably the most fundamental and spectacular examples of fortitude and tradition in a business era where nothing seems sacred and even less is safe,” says Drew Wood, managing editor for Minnesota Business Magazine. “They are legendary. They are brilliant. They are inspiring. They are necessary.”
Schell’s current president, Ted Marti, is a 5th generation descendant of the founder August Schell. The family name switched from Schell to Marti in 1911 when August Schell’s daughter Emma Schell and her husband George Marti took over management of the brewery. Ted’s three sons, 6th generation descendents, are next in line to run the brewery making the founder August Schell their great-great-great grandfather.
Schell’s Brewing Company currently employs 49 full time employees, three family members, and 19 part time employees. Five extended family members hold titled board positions and the remainder of the shareholders is made up of descendents of August Schell. The Brewery has been 100% owned and operated by the same family since its inception in 1860.