Manufacturer of the Year applications due Friday

Applications for the 2014 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award program are due Friday. The winners will be announced at an award ceremony scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 26 at The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.

Now in its 27th year, the Manufacturer of the Year Award program pays tribute to the numerous manufacturers in Wisconsin across all industries and sectors of the economy who remain devoted to creating a better quality of life for the citizens of Wisconsin.

Nominees will be divided into four categories determined by size: small (1-99 employees), medium (100-299 employees), large (300-750 employees) and mega (751+ employees). Nominees may also apply for the Workforce Development award, which recognizes companies who have gone above and beyond to create and implement policies that help develop the workforce of tomorrow.

All manufacturers with significant physical presence/operations in Wisconsin are eligible to apply. There is no entry fee.

Last year’s Grand Award winners were Mercury Marine of Fond du Lac in the mega category; Masters Gallery Foods Inc. of Plymouth in the large category; Badger Alloys Inc. of Milwaukee in the medium category; Tailored Label Products Inc. of Menomonee Falls in the small category; and Alto-Shaam Inc. of Menomonee Falls in the Workforce Development Category.

As for Special Awards, Alliance Laundry Systems LLC in Ripon won the Investing Locally, Growing Globally Award; Realityworks Inc. in Eau Claire received the Innovation Excellence Award; Schuette Metals of Rothschild collected the Investing in the Future Award; and Xten Industries LLC of Kenosha earned the Employee Engagement & Commitment Award.

The Manufacturer of the Year Award program is sponsored by Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce.

For more information on how to apply, visit

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