The Baker Company in Sanford Wins Employer of the Year Award

December 4, 2018

David Eagleson, President of The Baker Company (center) with York County Business Awards Masters of Ceremony Alaina LeBlanc Tridente of Kennebunk – Kennebunkport Arundel Chamber of Commerce and David Moravick of Gorham Savings Bank, Portland We are very pleased to share the news that The Baker Company, based in Sanford, Maine, won special recognition as Employer of the Year at the 2018 York County Business Awards held last week in York, Maine.

Baker is a world leader in the design and manufacture of biological safety cabinets and other products for laboratory contamination control, and has over 130 employees, most based in Sanford. The Baker tagline is “Environments for Science”, underscoring the company’s philosophy to provide tools for scientists that give them the ideal atmosphere in which to do innovative and vital work. Founded in 1951 by a gentleman named Art Baker, the company was later purchased by an employee, Jack Eagleson. Eagleson began to expand the company and its products and now his son, Dennis, and grandsons run the business.

In addition to making excellent products, The Baker Company is an outstanding corporate citizen. In a 2015 interview, Baker President David Eagleson told us, “My grandfather had a philosophy that a corporation has a responsibility to act as a 'citizen' of its community. This means being involved and engaged, and 'giving back' to make the Sanford area a better place for us all to live.”  The Baker Company has been doing just that: quietly conducting business in Sanford for decades, faithfully employing those that live in the community, training and developing their people to allow them to attain their goals. Baker is also a proud supporter of the annual United Way workplace campaign. Every year, Baker employees contribute to the United Way of York County through voluntary payroll deductions that are matched dollar for dollar by the company. Baker is proud to be recognized with a Gold Participation Award year after year.

Employee giving spreads to other areas in the community. Efforts include a yearly food drive for the York County homeless shelter, and also for the Animal Welfare Society in nearby Kennebunk. And, during the winter holidays, Baker supports a “Christmas Angels” effort for the Salvation Army, granting children's holiday wishes by purchasing clothes and toys.

Baker is also proud of its use of sustainable business practices. Low-energy light fixtures installed throughout the factory offer brighter light while using 50% less energy. Painting operations were overhauled from solvent-based to the more environmentally-friendly powder-based paints, practically eliminating harmful VOC emissions and toxic waste. Ongoing migration of all internal documentation into a paperless approach and expanding the product information available on their website is also part of their commitment to preserving natural resources.

In addition to local community giving and pursuing environmental best practices, Baker also has a history of supporting the wider scientific community.  Baker contributed significantly to the field of laboratory science around the globe through the founding of The Eagleson Institute, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to promoting the principles and practices of laboratory safety through seminars, online videos, scholarships, lectures and a worldwide referral service.

The Baker Company was one of five businesses honored this year at the York County Business Awards. For a list of the other award winners, visit York County Community College’s website and check out their York County Business Awards page.