Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce: Seven companies win 2014 Wisconsin manufacturer of the year award


Thursday, February 26

Contact: Katy Pettersen, 608.661.6916 or 608.516.6684 (cell)

Milwaukee – Seven Wisconsin companies were awarded a prestigious Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award. The winners were announced Thursday night at a black tie banquet honoring the 40 nominees.

The winners are:

Grand Awards

HUSCO International, Inc., Waukesha – Mega Category

Seats, Incorporated, Reedsburg – Large Category
Spectrum Industries, Incorporated, Chippewa Falls – Medium Category

General Plastics, Inc., Milwaukee – Small Category

E.K. Machine Co. Inc., Fall River – Workforce Development Category

Special Awards

Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Ellsworth – Marketplace Opportunity Award

Universal Acoustic & Emission Technologies, Inc., Stoughton – Employee Development & Commitment Award

“Seven magnificent manufacturers were bestowed with a trophy this year, but we would like to pay our respects to each and every deserving nominee. In my opinion and the opinion of my fellow sponsors, each manufacturer nominated is a testament to the diversity, tenacity and success of this influential industry and our great state,” said Tim Christen, CEO of Baker Tilly, one of the program sponsors.

Celebrating its 27th year, the Manufacturer of the Year Award program recognizes manufacturers of all sizes and industries for all that they do to drive the Wisconsin economy. The Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year award winners were selected by an independent panel of judges representing manufacturing, service and the public sector.

“Our state’s manufacturing sector is one that is consistently testing limits, questioning processes and breaking boundaries. Their successes are a result of their passion for and dedication to the industry, their customers, their employees and Wisconsin as a whole,” said Tod Linstroth, Senior Partner of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP and a member of the firm’s management committee. “Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Wisconsin’s manufacturers is their concern for not only their own success, but for the success and growth of the industry as a whole.”

“I am proud and fortunate to live in a state where one of our most powerful and dynamic industries – manufacturing- is devoted to innovation, investment in cutting-edge technology, the shaping and development top-notch employees and the distribution on a worldwide basis such an expansive selection of goods. Wisconsin’s manufacturers never settle for good, or even great, they are constantly striving to maintain that level of excellence and lead the pack when it comes to new ideas and best practices,” said Kurt R. Bauer, WMC President/CEO.

The accounting and advisory firm of Baker Tilly, the law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, and the business association Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce sponsor the MOTY awards program. Additional information can be found online at www.wimoty.com or by calling (800) 362-7301.