Beacon Falls, CT (January 8, 2021) . . . Goldenrod Corporation, a leading manufacturer and supplier of winding tools including shafts and chucks for the paper, plastics, film, and foil converting industries, has named Maria ‘Angie’ Mendez as its employee of the year for 2020.  The company also recognized Russ Roberts as its Salesperson of the Year, and Ricardo Monfort of Flexi-Vel as its Sales Representative of the Year.

Maria ‘Angie’ Mendez joined Goldenrod in 2019 and made an immediate impact, according to Stephen Pretto, CFO at Goldenrod.  “Angie came to us with a background in domestic and international sales management,” he said.  “As one of our Inside Sales Specialists, she increased sales in her territories in 2020 by 126% of her goal.”

As it does every year, Goldenrod also recognized its sales team for its efforts.  “We are proud of our entire sales team for contributing to a great year for Goldenrod in 2020,” said David Sullivan, Vice President – Sales at Goldenrod.  “In particular, we would like to recognize and congratulate Russ Roberts as our Direct Salesperson of the Year, and Ricardo Monfort of Flexi-Vel as our Sales Rep Organization of the Year.”

Based in Wisconsin, Russ Roberts has been with Goldenrod for 19 years and covers the states of Wisconsin, Minnesota and portions of Iowa, Illinois and the Dakotas.  Ricardo Monfort has 10 years of experience working with Goldenrod as part of Flexi-Vel, the company’s sales representative firm in Mexico.

Since 1986, Goldenrod has been designing and manufacturing industry-leading differential winding shafts, multiple bladder air shafts, lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber shafts, reel spools, chucks, and safety chucks for processors in the North American paper, film, foil, and non-woven converting industries.  With headquarters in Beacon Falls, CT, Goldenrod is a partner with Svecom P.E. of Italy, the largest manufacturer of Air Shafts and Core Holding Equipment in Europe.  Together, Goldenrod and Svecom are the single largest manufacturer of winding shafts and chucks in the industry.

For more information about Goldenrod products, call toll-free 1-800 GOLD-ROD (465-3763) or (203) 723-4400, or visit the company’s web site at