Seattle Business magazine honors the state’s top manufacturers

By Seattle Business Magazine April 26, 2013

Seattle Business magazine honored 20 of the top manufacturers in the state at the 2013 Washington Manufacturing Awards on April 25 at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel. Seattle Business hosted 275 members of the states manufacturing community, placing the spotlight on each of the honorees as keynotes for the evening.

In a letter distributed at the event, Washington Governor Jay Inslee stressed the importance of the states manufacturing sector: The manufacturing industry employs nearly 9 percent of our states workforce, he wrote, providing good, family-wage jobs. This is a diverse industry, and your skill and innovation will continue to play a key role in our economic recovery and long-term success.

The categories and award winners are:

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

Special Recognition: Workforce Development

Mark Haller, Tri-Tec Manufacturing | Kent

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

Nonprofit Manufacturer of the Year

Winner: Norhtwest Center | Seattle

Sponsors for the event:

Presenting Sponsor: JPMorgan Chase

Signature Sponsors: Gallagher Benefit Services and Clark Nuber

Event Partner: Impact Washington

2013 Washington Manufacturing Awards judging panel:

Ron Benoit, Partner | Moss Adams

Loren Lyon, CEO | Magic Wheels Inc.

Tom McLaughlin, Executive Director | Center for Advanced Manufacturing Puget Sound

Kevin Randolph, Director | Harold Frank Engineering Entrepreneurship Institute, Washington State University

Ron Rauch, Partner | Clark Nuber

Richard Lee Storch, Professor of Industrial Engineering | University of Washington

John H. Vicklund, President| Impact Washington

Bill Virgin, Editor and Publisher | Washington Manufacturing Alert

Dave Zepponi, President | Northwest Food Processors Association

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