Tech Impact Awards 2013: Productivity

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WINNER: Smartsheet.com

Location: Bellevue | Employees: smartsheet.com

Spreadsheets have always been about numbers, first as a way of totaling accounts and later as a means of managing innumerable tasks. This growing Bellevue company takes the humble spreadsheet to the cloud so that fast-changing information can be easily shared through this very familiar form.

Using Smartsheet.com, customers can build and maintain any kind of information they like, but with features that are especially helpful for creating and managing lists of information. With Smartsheet documents living in the cloud, they can be more effectively used collaboratively, even with multiple people using them at the same time through the web or mobile apps.

As an example, the event planners of this year’s NCAA Final Four college basketball championship used Smartsheet to coordinate tasks like transporation, equipment and security among dozens of teams.

The company’s own numbers are impressive: triple-digit growth since the product’s redesign in 2010. Today, more than 2.5 million people use Smartsheet among some 22,000 subscribing organizations in more than 100 countries.

 

SILVER: DocuSign

Location: Seattle | Employees: 350 | docusign.com

Deals thrive or die on a signature, and this pioneering firm has helped put secure electronic signatures on more than 290 million documents to close deals fast. Ten-year-old DocuSign has made a highly successful transition to the cloud, with the DocuSign Global Network integrating well with other cloud-based file services such as Box, Dropbox, Google Docs and Salesforce. With mobile apps for phones and tablets, DocuSign helps companies reduce their volume of paper documents while making them more visible and secure.

The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

Winner: Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
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Legacy Award
Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
Auburn › belshaw-adamatic.com
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.