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Finalists announced for 2014 Manufacturing Awards

Winners in each category will be honored during a Sept. 23 awards ceremony

By Valerie Engler
07-24-2014

The Minnesota Business magazine team is excited to announce the finalists for the 2014 Manufacturing Awards. Over the past few weeks, our panel of expert judges reviewed nominations and selected finalists in each of our 10 categories. The companies and businesspeople listed below will be profiled in the October 2014 issue, and the winner of each category will be announced during a Sept. 23 awards ceremony.

For group ticket and table sponsorship information, contact advertising director Sara Ferden. Listed below are the categories and finalists (in alphabetical order).

Best in Class: Small Company
Recognizes a small company (1-50 employees) for overall excellence in the manufacturing industry in Minnesota
Jet Edge
Midwest Industrial Tool Grinding, Inc. (MITGI)
TSI Plastics

Best in Class: Midsize Company
Recognizes a midsize company (51 to 250 employees) for overall excellence in the manufacturing industry in Minnesota
King
Mendell
Summit Brewing Company

Best in Class: Large Company
Recognizes a large company (250+) for overall excellence in the manufacturing industry in Minnesota
Skyline Exhibits
Turck
Uponor

Sustainability Award
Recognizes manufacturers for successfully implementing initiatives to produce their parts or products in a way that’s better for the environment
Litin Paper
Sage Electrochromics
Vision-Ease Lens

Image Award
Recognizes an organization for improving the industry’s image and showing the appeal of careers in manufacturing
Top Tool
Midwest Industrial Tool Grinding, Inc. (MITGI)
VistaTek

Employee Training Award
Recognizes a company for excellence in helping Minnesota-based employees improve their manufacturing skills
Talon Innovations
TSI Plastics
MultiSource Manufacturing

Emerging Leader Award
Awarded to an individual who has entered a leadership role within Minnesota's manufacturing industry within the past five years, made significant accomplishments, and appears poised for further success
Rusty Callier, Director of Operations, Uponor
Mitch Jacobs, Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations, V-Tek
Mindy Martell, President, Clothier Design Source

Executive of the Year Award
Awarded to an individual who has made major accomplishments in Minnesota’s manufacturing industry in the past few years. The nominee should have at least 10 years of leadership experience in the manufacturing industry
John Bruellman, President and CEO, Sign-Zone
Tim Herold, Co-owner and President, Herold Precision Metals
Jo Reinhardt, CEO, Industrial Louvers

Lifetime Achievement Award
Awarded to an individual who has made major accomplishments in Minnesota’s manufacturing industry and contributed to the advancement of the industry for at least 20 years
Frederick M. Zimmerman, Professor Emeritus, University of St. Thomas

The Business Partners Dream Team
Recognizes excellence in various services provided to the manufacturing industry in Minnesota
Legal: Gray Plant Mooty
Insurance: Hanratty & Associates
Real Estate: Gannett Peak Partners

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