Colgate Mattress Atlanta Corp. Chief Operating Officer Receives Top Manufacturing Honor

Dennis Wolkin, chief operating officer at Colgate Mattress Atlanta Corp. received the 2016 “Faces of Manufacturing” Award, an initiative of the Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (GaMEP) at Georgia Tech. A third-generation crib mattress maker, Wolkin was selected from hundreds of nominees across the state for his contributions to the manufacturing sector and its impact on Georgia’s economy. Family, friends, employees and several distinguished guests attended a private ceremony at Colgate’s factory in Atlanta. During the event State Representative Margaret Kaiser also presented a letter of recognition from Atlanta City Council President, Ceasar Mitchell.

“It’s certainly an honor to be recognized, but the Faces of Manufacturing award is mine in name only,” Wolkin said. “This accolade really belongs to the amazing employees who show up to work at the Colgate factory every day. From the front office and sales to the loading dock – our success would not be possible without their commitment to excellence.”

A Family Business

The eldest son of Colgate’s president, Alan Wolkin, Dennis is a graduate of Indiana University and holds an MBA from Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business. Prior to joining the family-business, he worked in product management and branding at Procter & Gamble. In addition to serving as Colgate’s secretary, treasurer, and national sales manager, Dennis is married to Betsy and is the proud father of Debra and Josh.

Faces of Manufacturing

The Faces of Manufacturing is an initiative of the Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (GaMEP) at Georgia Tech, which highlights dedicated men and women in Georgia whose talents and contributions in the sector showcase its impact on local communities and the state economy. To learn more about GaMEP and the Faces of Manufacturing Award visit