The Producers: 2013 Washington Manufacturing Awards | Overview


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
Midsize Firms
Winner: Perfect Blend | Bellevue

Small Firms
Winner: Laser Technologies Company | Redmond
Silver Award: OutBack Power Technologies | Arlington

Manufacturing Innovator of the Year
Large Firms
Winner: RPI | Tukwila

Midsize Firms
Winner: B.E. Meyers | Redmond

Small Firms
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
Large Firms
Winner: Alliance Packaging | Renton
Silver Award: McKinstry | Seattle

Midsize Firms
Winner: Colmac Coil Manufacturing | Colville

Silver Award: Mervin Manufacturing | Seattle
Silver Award: Canyon Creek Cabinet Company | Monroe

Small Firms
Winner: Ozone International | Bainbridge Island
Silver Award: All American Marine | Bellingham

Manufacturing Executive of the Year
Large Firms
Winner:Don & Brad Root, GM Nameplate | Seattle

Midsize Firms
Winner: Greg Herlin, Cashmere Molding Inc. | Woodinville

Small Firms
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

The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

Winner: Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
Legacy Award
Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
Auburn ›
When it’s time to make doughnuts — or loaves of bread, or sheets of rolls — it could well be a Belshaw Adamatic piece of equipment that’s turning out the baked goods. From a 120,000-square-foot plant in Auburn, Belshaw Adamatic produces the ovens, fryers, conveyors and specialty equipment like jelly injectors used by wholesale and retail bakeries.
The firm’s two legacy companies — Belshaw started in 1923, Adamatic in 1962 — combined forces in 2007. Italy’s Ali Group North America is the parent.
It it takes work to maintain a legacy. A months-long strike in 2013 damaged morale and forced a leadership change. Frank Chandler was named president and CEO of Belshaw Adamatic in September 2013. The company has since strived to mend workplace relationships while also introducing a stream of new products, such as a convection oven, the BX Eco-touch, with energy saving features and steam injection that can be programmed for precise times in baking. The company energetically describes it as “an oven that saves time, reduces errors, makes an awesome product, and is fun to use and depend on every day!”
So far, more than 3,000 have been installed in quick-service restaurants, bakeries, cafés and supermarkets in the United States. They are the legacy of Thomas and Walter Belshaw, former builders of marine engines, who began producing patented manual and automated doughnut-making machines in Seattle 90 years ago. They sold thousands worldwide and, today, Belshaw Adamatic is the nation’s largest maker and distributor of doughnut-making equipment.