Wisconsin awards Manufacturers of the Year

Eight Wisconsin companies were awarded Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Awards Thursday night.

The winners were announced at a black tie banquet honoring the 58 nominees.

The companies receive Grand Awards were: Greenheck Fan Corp., Schofield, Mega Category; Walker Forge Inc., Clintonville, Large Category; Weldall Mfg. Inc., Waukesha, Medium Category; Power Test Inc., Sussex, Small Category; and OEM Fabricators Inc., Woodville, Workforce Development Category.

The companies receiving Special Awards were: Alliance Laundry Systems LLC, Ripon, Market Leadership Award; HUSCO Automotive Holdings LLC, Whitewater, Technology Innovation & Impact Award; and Nekoosa Coated Products LLC, Nekoosa, Operational Excellence Award.

“The determination of the winning companies to remain forward-thinking, stay ahead of the competition in research and development and deliver cutting-edge technology is something all Wisconsin businesses should strive to achieve.” said Tim Christen, chief executive officer of Baker Tilly, one of the program sponsors. The Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year award winners were selected by an independent panel of judges representing industry, education, and the public sector.

“Selecting winners from 58 well-qualified and deserving candidates proved to be an immensely difficult task for this year’s judges. I would like to commend each and every one of the nominated companies for employing countless Wisconsin citizens and operating at such a level where they have qualified for such a prestigious award” said Tod Linstroth, senior partner of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP and a member of the firm’s management committee.

“The eight winners from this year are a testament to the strength of manufacturing in our great state. Their unparalleled success and innovation make Wisconsin proud and give us hope for the future of our business climate” said Kurt Bauer, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce president and chief executive officer.

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