Events

The 2015 Manufacturing Awards

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Thank you to those who attended the 2015 Manufacturing Awards!

To read the 2015 Manufacturing Awards feature, click here.

To read the October issue, click here.

To view a photo slideshow of the event, click here.

To purchase photos from the event, click here.

**Note: For details about last year's event, and for the 2014 list, click here.

About the event
One of the state's largest industries, manufacturing represents over 11 percent of the state's total employment. Each year Minnesota Business magazine honors the industry's best leaders and companies with a prestigious awards event and a much-read feature article spotlighting all the finalists. A celebratory event was held in Minneapolis on Sept. 24.

2015 Manufacturing Awards: New Textile Product

2015 Manufacturing Awards: New Product - Food and Beverage

2015 Manufacturing Awards: Most Sustainable Product

2015 Manufacturing Awards: Lifetime Achievement Award

 

 

 

Categories

Best in Class: Small Company

Recognizes a small company (1–50 employees) for overall excellence in the manufacturing industry in Minnesota.

Winner: Safe Reflections Inc
Finalist: Chukar Waterjet
Finalist: Top Tool

Best in Class: Midsize Company

Recognizes a midsize company (51–250 employees) for overall excellence in the manufacturing industry in Minnesota.

Winner: Ultra Machining Company, Inc
Finalist: LINDAR
Finalist: Talon Innovations

Best in Class: Large Company

Recognizes a large company (250+) for overall excellence in the manufacturing industry in Minnesota.

Winner: Marvin Windows and Doors
Finalist: Landscape Structures
Finalist: Vision Ease

 

Sustainability

Recognizes manufacturers for successfully developing, adapting or modifying production processes to be more harmonious with the environment.

Winner: Nordic Ware
Finalist: Maud Borup / eco eggs
Finalist: Command Tooling Systems

Image

Recognizes an organization for enhancing the industry’s image and showing the appeal of careers in manufacturing via public relations, media relations, B2B or community relations.

Winner: Midwest Industrial Tool Grinding Inc (MITGI)
Finalist: Productivity Inc
Finalist: Uponor

Sustainable Product

Awarded to a Minnesota manufacturer that developed a new product (about two years) that demonstrates best practices and ingenuity in sustainability and ecological friendliness.

Winner: Maud Borup & eco eggs
Finalist: Bare Honey
Finalist: YOXO

 

New Product: Food & Beverage

Awarded to a Minnesota manufacturer that developed a new product (about two years) that demonstrates best practices and ingenuity in the food and beverage industry.

Winner: Sociable Ciderwerks
Finalist: 612 Brew
Finalist: MN Bratwerks, LLC

New Product: General

Awarded to a Minnesota manufacturer that developed a new product (about two years) that demonstrates uncanny creativity and ingenuity.

Winner: VMI
Finalist: Chief
Finalist: Crenlo

New Product: Textiles

Awarded to a Minnesota manufacturer that developed a new product (about two years) that demonstrates best practices and ingenuity in the textiles industry.

Winner: Tamarack Habilitation Technologies
Finalist: Clothier Design Source
Finalist: Safe Reflections Inc

Employee Training

Recognizes a company for excellence in providing training to Minnesota-based employees to improve technical and leadership skills.

Winner: E.J. AJAX, Inc
Finalist: Du Fresne Manufacturing Company
Finalist: MEI Total Elevator Solutions

 

Emerging Leader

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.

Winner: Janet Bearmon, Human Resource Director, Sign-Zone
Finalist: Jashan Eison, President & CEO, H&B Elevators
Finalist: Jesse Schelitzche, President, Imagineering Machine Inc

Executive of the Year

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 5 years of executive leadership experience in the manufacturing industry.

Winner: Dave Lagerstrom, President & CEO, TURCK
Finalist: Bob Archambault, President, MME Group Inc
Finalist: Jeff Wollerman, Vice President & COO, Cretex Companies Inc

Recipient of the 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.

Recipient: Mike Gramse, Owner & President, MRG Tool and Die