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

Get To Know us

Our Team

George Hrunka


Mr. Hrunka has served as the President & CEO for Marathon Engineering and Gold Medal Construction Corporation. He is the qualified contracting employee for Marathon Engineering or Gold Medal Construction Corporation in over a dozen states. Prior to joining Marathon, George worked for Tindall Corporation in Spartanburg, SC, and Brayman Construction Corporation in western Pennsylvania. Mr. Hrunka attended the Masters in Construction Management Program at New York University, received a MBA from the Pennsylvania State University and a BS from Rutgers University.

George Hrunka

Hannah Riske


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George Hrunka

Wayne Skala


Wayne serves as a Senior Estimator for Marathon engineering. Mr. Shala is N.C.A.R.B certified and Prior to joining Marathon, Wayne had a distinguished career in the jail and hospital market as a Project Manager and Lead Project Architect with DLR, Durrant Group, and MRB Group (Rochester, NY).

Wayne Skala

Nilda Rivera

Nilda has been with Marathon Engineering Corporation since 2010 and coordinates contracts, submittals crew movement and samples with our Project Partners.
Nilda Rivera

Angee Corbisello


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George Hrunka

Jennifer Bermudez


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George Hrunka

Victoria Rule


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George Hrunka
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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.