If there’s one thing we’ve learned in the four years of the Washington Manufacturing Awards, it’s how critical innovation—be it in product and technology development, operational efficiency or management—is to the success of a manufacturer. If there’s another thing we’ve learned, it’s that innovation is not an isolated occurrence, or it had better not be if a company plans to sustain that success.
The pages of business history are strewn with the names of companies that achieved fleeting fame and fortune that didn’t last because they couldn’t come up with the second idea, the additional improvement, the next generation of innovation.
Companies we’re honoring this year are not overnight successes. Even if they’re comparatively young, the firms on this year’s honor roll have had years of hard work, research, trial and error, and more hard work to turn those ideas into real businesses and products.
Several of the honorees have been recognized before. They’re back not for what earned them a Washington Manufacturing Award the first time but because they continued to innovate and improve. We’re betting that many award winners on this year’s list have that same culture and will be around for years to come.
Accolades for what you’ve done in the past are fine, but the pressing question in business is “what have you done for us lately?” To find out what the best Washington manufacturers have been doing lately, read on.
2013 Washington Manufacturing Award Winners
Special Recognition: Workforce Development
Mark Haller, Tri-Tec Manufacturing | Kent
Nonprofit Manufacturer of the Year
Winner: Norhtwest Center | Seattle
Emerging Manufacturer of the Year
Winner: Perfect Blend | Bellevue
Winner: Laser Technologies Company | Redmond
Silver Award: OutBack Power Technologies | Arlington
Manufacturing Innovator of the Year
Winner: RPI | Tukwila
Winner: B.E. Meyers | Redmond
Winner: 3 Phase Energy Systems | Auburn
Food Processor of the Year
Winner: Cucina Fresca Gourmet Foods | Seattle
Silver Award: Chukar Cherries | Prosser
Manufacturer of the Year
Winner: Alliance Packaging | Renton
Silver Award: McKinstry | Seattle
Winner: Colmac Coil Manufacturing | Colville
Silver Award: Mervin Manufacturing | Seattle
Silver Award: Canyon Creek Cabinet Company | Monroe
Winner: Ozone International | Bainbridge Island
Silver Award: All American Marine | Bellingham
Manufacturing Executive of the Year
Winner:Don & Brad Root, GM Nameplate | Seattle
Winner: Greg Herlin, Cashmere Molding Inc. | Woodinville
Winner: Stephen & Mark Morel, Morel Industries | Seattle
2013 Washington Manufacturing Awards Judging Panel
LINDA ADAMS, director of marketing | Impact Washington
RON BENOIT, partner | Moss Adams
LOREN LYON, CEO | Magic Wheels Inc.
THOMAS MCLAUGHLIN, executive director | Center for Advanced Manufacturing Puget Sound (CAMPS)
RONALD RAUCH, shareholder | Clark Nuber
RICHARD LEE STORCH, chair of the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering | University of Washington
BILL VIRGIN, editor and publisher | Washington Manufacturing Alert
GARY WHITE, director of business retention and expansion | Tri-City Development Council