What makes a company or a manufacturing executive worthy of recognition as one of Seattle Business magazine’s Washington Manufacturing Awards recipients?
That was the big-picture question the judges wrestled with as they sifted through the many nominations of excellent candidates. The panel concluded that while the companies they selected may differ in size, age and what they make, they share some common traits:
• A continuous record of innovation and improvement.
• An unwillingness to coast on legacy.
• Enthusiasm for remaking the business, if that’s what customers, the market and competition call for.
• Attention to detail in internal operations.
• Constantly asking the question “what’s next?”
Here are the 2015 honorees, and how they exemplify those traits.
Manufacturer of the Year
Winner: Romac Industries, Bothell
Silver Award: Rainier Industries, Tukwila
Winner: Omax Corporation, Kent
Silver Award: WaterTectonics, Everett
Manufacturing Executive of the Year
Emerging Manufacturer of the Year
Winner: Fathom, Seattle
Silver Award: Blue Frog Solar, Poulsbo
Manufacturing Innovator of the Year
Winner: Aseptico, Woodinville
Food/Beverage Processor of the Year
Winner: Tree Top, Selah
Winner: Talking Rain Beverage Co., Preston
Winner: Seattle Chocolates, Seattle
Winner: Henrybuilt, Seattle
Winner: Physio-Control, Redmond
David McGiverin, president, Northwest Food Processors Association
Thomas McLaughlin, executive director, Center for Advanced Manufacturing Puget Sound (CAMPS)
Barbara Mead, partner, Moss Adams
Ron Rauch, shareholder, Clark Nuber
John Vicklund, former president, Impact Washington
Bill Virgin, editor and publisher, Washington Manufacturing Alert
Gary White, director of business retention and expansion, Tri-City Development Council (TRIDEC)