Events

The 2016 Manufacturing Awards

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Thank you to those who attended the 2016 Manufacturing Awards celebration!

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About the event
Minnesota's manufacturing industry has a long history of excellence. Each year, Minnesota Business magazine recognizes the outstanding achievements of this vital, though often behind-the-scenes industry and its leaders. Winners and finalists were honored in the feature story of an all-manufacturing issue of Minnesota Business and celebrated at an awards event, held at ARIA on September 29, 2016.

Categories

Best in Class: Small Company

Recognizes a small (15-50 employees) company for overall excellence in the manufacturing industry in Minnesota.
Winner: Hydra-Flex, Inc.
Finalist: aspectLED
Finalist: Midwest Fire Equipment & Repair Company

Best in Class: Midsize Company

Recognizes a midsize (51-250 employees) company for overall excellence in the manufacturing industry in Minnesota.
Winner: MGS Machine
Finalist: Electromed, Inc.
Finalist: Minimizer

Best in Class: Large Company

Recognizes a large company (250+ employees) for overall excellence in the manufacturing industry in Minnesota.
Winner: Proto Labs, Inc.
Finalist: LakeShirts, Inc.
Finalist: Uponor

Sustainability

Recognizes manufacturers for successfully developing, adapting, or modifying production processes to be more harmonious with the environment.
Winner: Loll Designs
Finalist: Louis Industries
Finalist: Uponor

Image

Recognizes an organization for enhancing the industry’s image and showing the appeal of careers in manufacturing
Winner: Du Fresne Manufacturing Co.
Finalist: Jet Edge, Inc.
Finalist: Midwest Pantry

New Product: Food & Beverage

Awarded to a Minnesota manufacturer that developed an excellent new food or beverage product that excels in taste, flavor, integrity of ingredients and overall aesthetic appeal.
Winner: Fresh Bar
Finalist: BĒT Vodka
Finalist: JonnyPops

New Product: General

Awarded to a Minnesota manufacturer that developed a new product other than medical/textiles/food& beverage that excels in its design, ease of application, utility and overall satisfaction.
Winner: Dalsin Industries
Finalist: Crenlo
Finalist: Landscape Structures Inc.

New Product: Textiles

Awarded to a Minnesota manufacturer that developed a new textile product, either clothing or non-clothing, that excels in design, and aesthetic appeal and/or superior technical applications.
Winner: Clothier Design Source
Finalist: Canvasback
Finalist: LakeShirts, Inc.

Employee Training

Recognizes a company for excellence in providing training to Minnesota-based employees to improve technical and leadership skills. Winner: Graco Inc.
Finalist: MME group
Finalist: ProMed

Emerging Leader

Awarded to an individual who has entered a leadership role within the past five years, made significant accomplishments and appears poised for further success.
Winner: Michelle Squire, Vice President of HR, Talon Innovations Corporation
Finalist: Beth Nielsen, Chief Executive Officer, aspectLED
Finalist: Tom Whisenand, Co-Owner & Director of Operations, Indeed Brewing Company

Executive of the Year

Awarded to an individual who has made major accomplishments in Minnesota’s manufacturing industry in the last few years. The nominee should have at least five years of executive leadership experience in manufacturing.
Winner: Eric Gibson, President, Ultra Machining Company
Finalist: Doug Turk, President, Midwest Rubber
Finalist: Sarah Atchison, Owner & Chief Executive Officer, Midwest Fire Equipment & Repair Company

Lifetime Achievement

Awarded to an individual who has made major accomplishments in Minnesota’s manufacturing industry and has contributed to the advancement of the industry for at least 20 years.
Winner: Art Sneen, Founder & President, Manufacturers Alliance