Gold Standards

About Us


How We Began

William H. Nieder founded Marathon Engineering Corporation in the spring of 1973. After working the rubber industry for 3-M, and running a sports surfacing company based in Redwood City, Mr. Nieder saw the need for a high-quality safety padding within the correctional and psychiatric markets. From this idea, he developed Gold Medal Safety Padding®, which takes it name after the Gold Medal Mr. Nieder won in the 1960 Olympics in Rome. In addition to winning the Gold in the Shot Put in 1960, Mr. Nieder also won the 1956 Silver Medal in the Shot Put in Sydney.
Bill Nieder - 1960 Olympic Gold Medalist for Shotput, 1956 Silver Medalist
Bill Neider with medal
Jail Safety Padding - Wall to Floor - Vent

Building the future

Excellence And Innovation Built Into Every Design

Since its inception in 1973, Gold Medal Safety Padding® has been installed in thousands of seclusion and detox cells in prisons and jails, safety rooms, suicide prevention and emergency rooms in hospitals and psychiatric facilities and “time-out” and calm-down rooms in schools and autism centers. Because 1973, Marathon Engineering Corporation’s specialized installation crews have been there to ensure a proper and quality installation.

Since 2005

Global Expansion

In January 2005, its current President & CEO, George Hrunka, purchased Marathon. Although the management has changed, Marathon’s commitment to its “Gold Standard” of quality workmanship and product excellence has remained intact.

Gold Medal Safety Padding has been installed throughout sixteen countries and is represented internationally in Canada by our partner, Marathon Institutional Products Canada based out of Toronto, and in Asia, Europe and the Middle East by Gold Medal Safety Padding based out of Queensland, Australia.

Gold Medal Safety Padding padded room window
Marathon Engineering 50 Year Anniversary Logo

Get To Know us

Our Team

George Hrunka with Gold Medal Safety Padding

George Hrunka

President & CEO

Wayne Skala with Gold Medal Safety Padding

Wayne Skala

AIA, Senior Estimator

Nilda Rivera with Gold Medal Safety Padding

Nilda Rivera

Senior Project Coordinator

George Hrunka with Gold Medal Safety Padding

Hannah Riske

Administrative Director

George Hrunka with Gold Medal Safety Padding

Angee Corbisello

Project Coordinator

George Hrunka with Gold Medal Safety Padding

Jennifer Bermudez

Project Coordinator

George Hrunka with Gold Medal Safety Padding

Victoria Rule

Customer Service Coordinator

Gold Medal Safety Padding logo

How Can We Help?

Looking for a proposal, have a question about our product or services? We are happy to help. Just call 239-303-7378 or click the button below to email our team.