2013 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Manufacturing Executive of the Year | Small Firms

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Winner: Stephen Morel, Chairman/President & Mark Morel, Vice President | Morel Industries, Seattle
The Morel family has been in the metal castings business for four generations, so when brothers Steve and Mark sold their Entiat-based company in 1997, it was no surprise they made their way back to the business.

In 2000, they bought the former Ballard Brass & Aluminum, then added the heat-treating operations of Scanco in 2006. Along the way, they moved to the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle and into a facility that is three times the size of their old quarters. They also adopted a new molding process called no-bake, reclaimed many of the customers of their old company and reinstated the family name for the business as well. All that, and they managed to survive the recession. Today, Morel Industries specializes in aluminum, brass/bronze and iron castings. Its niche is rapid turnaround in converting prototypes to production products.

Past Experience: Boeing’s Long History with China

Past Experience: Boeing’s Long History with China

Lake Union, Seattle — 1916
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China-born Wong Tsu, pictured in the foreground, was the first aeronautical engineer Bill Boeing hired at his fledgling airplane company. Wong, a graduate of MIT, designed the Model C bi-wing trainer, Boeing’s first commercial success. (The U.S. Navy bought 50.) The two-seat, open-cockpit seaplane — the first “all-Boeing” design — made its inaugural flight on November 15, 1916, over Lake Union. Wong returned to China in 1917 and helped establish that country’s aviation industry, ultimately designing more than two dozen aircraft. 

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