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Fresno State honors Duncan Enterprises as top family business

The Duncan family accepted the California Family Business Award given by Fresno State’s Institute for Family Business on May 25.
The Duncan family accepted the California Family Business Award given by Fresno State’s Institute for Family Business on May 25. Special to The Bee

Duncan Enterprises, a 70-year-old family-run Fresno manufacturing company, won top honors at the 2016 California Family Business Awards out of 50 nominees.

Duncan Enterprises is known for producing crafting favorites like Puffy Paint, Aleene’s Tacky Glue, and Tulip fabric markers. It also owns Color Me Mine, an international DIY ceramic painting studio popular for birthday parties.

The company took home top honors May 25 from Fresno State’s Institute for Family Business. The company was recognized for its impact on the local economy, its partnerships with organizations including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Fresno County and its long-lived values as a family business.

“It’s truly our family’s commitment to our team, products and consumers that keep our company growing year over year,” said Larry Duncan, the company’s chairman. “For 70 years we’ve been a family-run business, and we are honored to accept this award.”

Founded by Erma Duncan in her garage during the early 1940s, the family business has grown to see four generations and massive growth. Now, its products are sold in 35 countries in craft and art supply stores.

The Duncan family has had long ties to Fresno State. Erma’s son, Bob, supported Fresno State throughout his time as company president, earning the nickname “Mr. Bulldog.”

The Institute for Family Business judged finalists on growth, community involvement and impact, quality, product development, and overall awareness.

Sydney Maki: 559-441-6141, @symmaki

Visit Duncan Ceramics and Craft Supply at 5673 E. Shields Ave.

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