Several Milwaukee-area companies were honored at the 26th annual Manufacturer of the Year awards last week at a black tie banquet at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. The nine winners were selected from among 34 nominees by an independent panel of judges from manufacturing, education and public sector backgrounds.
The 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.
Special Awards were given to: Alliance Laundry Systems LLC in Ripon—Investing Locally, Growing Globally Award; Realityworks Inc. in Eau Claire—Innovation Excellence Award; Schuette Metals of Rothschild—Investing in the Future Award; and Xten Industries LLC of Kenosha—Employee Engagement & Commitment Award.
“In Wisconsin, energy is the lifeblood of our developed economy. Banking is the nervous system. Transportation is the circulatory system. Health care is the soul. But manufacturing is the heart – the most indispensable vital organ of all. This year’s winners can be profoundly proud of the positive impact they continue to make on our great state,” said Kurt R. Bauer, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce president and CEO.
The awards were sponsored by WMC, Baker Tilly and Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.