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MFG Excellence Awards 2019


The MFG Excellence Awards recognize excellence in manufacturing by honoring those who make a positive impact in their community and in their industry. In addition to celebrating our manufacturing community, attendees will hear exceptional stories of world-class leaders and learn practices they can apply in their own business.

2019 MFG Excellence Award Nominations Open April 23!

5 Reasons to Nominate

  1. “It’s an honor just to be nominated!” It’s true. Just knowing someone appreciates your work is an excellent feeling.
  2. Showcase a client, customer or coworker — they’re a part of your business success, too!
  3. See them recognized...and know you are a part of their celebration!
  4. Join the celebration of manufacturing excellence at the MFG Excellence Awards on November 7, 2019 in East Lansing.
  5. It’s free to nominate and priceless to be nominated!

This award program recognizes excellence in manufacturing by honoring those who make a positive impact in their community and in their industry. In addition to celebrating our manufacturing community, attendees will hear exceptional stories of world-class leaders and learn practices they can apply in their own business.

Manufacturers change the public’s perception of manufacturing each time they recognize its supporters — industry leaders, policymakers, educators, and manufacturing supporters — and their contributions to the state. Now you can celebrate excellence in manufacturing by honoring the individuals who make a positive impact in their community and in their industry. MMA proudly invites you to be part of our annual showcase of the manufacturing industry — the 2019 MFG Excellence Awards.

Register online to spend an evening of celebration with manufacturing’s very best.

Nominate a deserving manufacturing company or individual online before August 23, 2019. Check out the Award categories and nominate online today.

“Coolest Thing Made in Michigan” People’s Choice Award
  • The Coolest Thing Made in Michigan highlights the coolest product manufacturered in Michigan!
  • Submit a photo (including where it’s made and what it is) by sending it directly to martin@mimfg.org, posting it to our Facebook page or tagging us on Twitter or Instagram with #coolestmimfg.
  • Once nominations are in, a people’s choice vote will determine the Top 10 coolest products. Round two voting will have Michigan-made products competing for the title of “Coolest” until a final winner is determined. The winning company will be announced at the MFG Excellence Awards on November 7, 2019 in East Lansing!
John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year
  • The John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award honors the important, positive and tangible contributions individual manufacturers make to their employees, customers and communities.
  • Large-tier is awarded to an individual or company.
  • Small-tier is awarded to an individual.
MFG Woman of the Year
  • The MFG Woman of the Year Award honors the roles women play in manufacturing, her significant achievements in the industry and positives impacts within her company and community.
  • Awarded to an individual woman at any level of manufacturing, from the factory floor to the C-suite.
MFG Community Impact
  • The Community Impact award recognizes a manufacturing company that has shown exemplary leadership in serving its community or state, and is an example of the involved and giving nature of manufacturers.
  • Awarded to a company.
MFG Emerging Leader
  • Awarded for exceptional contributions to the industry and the potential for future accomplishments within Michigan manufacturing. [less than 12 years in industry]
  • Awarded to an individual.
MFG Innovation Excellence
  • This award showcases a company that not only has brought an innovative concept to market, but has developed and maintained a culture focused on engaging the workforce to bring new ideas to life.
  • Awarded to a company.
MFG Lifetime Achievement
  • This award honors an individual who has excelled in the industry and inspires their peers, emerging leaders, lawmakers and educators to strive to make significant contributions to their company, industry and community.
  • Awarded to an individual.
MFG Talent Champion
  • The MFG Talent Champion works to bring focus to the critical need of attracting Michigan’s next generation workforce to manufacturing’s variety of career options.
  • Awarded to an individual or program.

From start to finish, the 2018 MFG Excellence Awards on 11/8/18 in East Lansing was a night for manufacturers to build their legacy and inspire others to go one step further. Learn more about the 2018 MFG Excellence Awards in the November issue of MiMfg Magazine.

Check out the spotlight video playlist of the 2018 MFG Excellence Award recipients or click on the individual video links below. Videos provided by Michigan Creative, an MMA Basic Associate member and the Videography sponsor of the 2018 MFG Excellence Awards.

2018 Event Program

MMA Publication 2018 MFG Excellence Awards

2018 Award Winners

Eagle Alloy
John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award — Large Tier
Watch video or Read press release.

Jim Richards • Total Security Solutions
John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award — Small Tier
Watch video or Read press release.

Harry Leaver • Central Michigan Manufacturers Association
MFG Lifetime Achievement Award
Watch video or read press release.

Al Glick • Alro Steel
MFG Lifetime Achievement Award
Watch video or read press release.

Gentex Corporation
MFG Innovation Excellence Award
Watch video or read press release.

Jeremy Bockelman • Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center
MFG Emerging Leader Award
Watch video or read press release.

John Tucker • PTM Corporation
MFG Talent Champion Award
Watch video or read press release.

Aircraft Precision Products Inc.
MFG Community Impact Award
Watch video or read press release.

Jacquart Fabric Products’ Original Stormy Kromer Cap®
“Coolest Thing Made in Michigan”
Read press release.

Contact Sarah Martin

Sarah MartinEvent Coordinator
Call 517-487-8521
E-mail martin@mimfg.org

The MFG Excellence Awards recognize excellence in manufacturing by honoring those who make a positive impact in their community and in their industry. In addition to celebrating our manufacturing community, attendees will hear exceptional stories of world-class leaders and learn practices they can apply in their own business.

2019 MFG Excellence Award Nominations Open April 23!

5 Reasons to Nominate

  1. “It’s an honor just to be nominated!” It’s true. Just knowing someone appreciates your work is an excellent feeling.
  2. Showcase a client, customer or coworker — they’re a part of your business success, too!
  3. See them recognized...and know you are a part of their celebration!
  4. Join the celebration of manufacturing excellence at the MFG Excellence Awards on November 7, 2019 in East Lansing.
  5. It’s free to nominate and priceless to be nominated!

This award program recognizes excellence in manufacturing by honoring those who make a positive impact in their community and in their industry. In addition to celebrating our manufacturing community, attendees will hear exceptional stories of world-class leaders and learn practices they can apply in their own business.

Manufacturers change the public’s perception of manufacturing each time they recognize its supporters — industry leaders, policymakers, educators, and manufacturing supporters — and their contributions to the state. Now you can celebrate excellence in manufacturing by honoring the individuals who make a positive impact in their community and in their industry. MMA proudly invites you to be part of our annual showcase of the manufacturing industry — the 2019 MFG Excellence Awards.

Register online to spend an evening of celebration with manufacturing’s very best.

Nominate a deserving manufacturing company or individual online before August 23, 2019. Check out the Award categories and nominate online today.

“Coolest Thing Made in Michigan” People’s Choice Award
  • The Coolest Thing Made in Michigan highlights the coolest product manufacturered in Michigan!
  • Submit a photo (including where it’s made and what it is) by sending it directly to martin@mimfg.org, posting it to our Facebook page or tagging us on Twitter or Instagram with #coolestmimfg.
  • Once nominations are in, a people’s choice vote will determine the Top 10 coolest products. Round two voting will have Michigan-made products competing for the title of “Coolest” until a final winner is determined. The winning company will be announced at the MFG Excellence Awards on November 7, 2019 in East Lansing!
John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year
  • The John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award honors the important, positive and tangible contributions individual manufacturers make to their employees, customers and communities.
  • Large-tier is awarded to an individual or company.
  • Small-tier is awarded to an individual.
MFG Woman of the Year
  • The MFG Woman of the Year Award honors the roles women play in manufacturing, her significant achievements in the industry and positives impacts within her company and community.
  • Awarded to an individual woman at any level of manufacturing, from the factory floor to the C-suite.
MFG Community Impact
  • The Community Impact award recognizes a manufacturing company that has shown exemplary leadership in serving its community or state, and is an example of the involved and giving nature of manufacturers.
  • Awarded to a company.
MFG Emerging Leader
  • Awarded for exceptional contributions to the industry and the potential for future accomplishments within Michigan manufacturing. [less than 12 years in industry]
  • Awarded to an individual.
MFG Innovation Excellence
  • This award showcases a company that not only has brought an innovative concept to market, but has developed and maintained a culture focused on engaging the workforce to bring new ideas to life.
  • Awarded to a company.
MFG Lifetime Achievement
  • This award honors an individual who has excelled in the industry and inspires their peers, emerging leaders, lawmakers and educators to strive to make significant contributions to their company, industry and community.
  • Awarded to an individual.
MFG Talent Champion
  • The MFG Talent Champion works to bring focus to the critical need of attracting Michigan’s next generation workforce to manufacturing’s variety of career options.
  • Awarded to an individual or program.

From start to finish, the 2018 MFG Excellence Awards on 11/8/18 in East Lansing was a night for manufacturers to build their legacy and inspire others to go one step further. Learn more about the 2018 MFG Excellence Awards in the November issue of MiMfg Magazine.

Check out the spotlight video playlist of the 2018 MFG Excellence Award recipients or click on the individual video links below. Videos provided by Michigan Creative, an MMA Basic Associate member and the Videography sponsor of the 2018 MFG Excellence Awards.

2018 Event Program

MMA Publication 2018 MFG Excellence Awards

2018 Award Winners

Eagle Alloy
John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award — Large Tier
Watch video or Read press release.

Jim Richards • Total Security Solutions
John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award — Small Tier
Watch video or Read press release.

Harry Leaver • Central Michigan Manufacturers Association
MFG Lifetime Achievement Award
Watch video or read press release.

Al Glick • Alro Steel
MFG Lifetime Achievement Award
Watch video or read press release.

Gentex Corporation
MFG Innovation Excellence Award
Watch video or read press release.

Jeremy Bockelman • Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center
MFG Emerging Leader Award
Watch video or read press release.

John Tucker • PTM Corporation
MFG Talent Champion Award
Watch video or read press release.

Aircraft Precision Products Inc.
MFG Community Impact Award
Watch video or read press release.

Jacquart Fabric Products’ Original Stormy Kromer Cap®
“Coolest Thing Made in Michigan”
Read press release.

Contact Sarah Martin

Sarah MartinEvent Coordinator
Call 517-487-8521
E-mail martin@mimfg.org
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