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Grand Valley’s Paul Plotkowski to be Honored as Manufacturing’s Talent Champion

Dr. Plotkowski was selected by an independent panel of judges for his consistent leadership in the development of programs to educate engineering students about career possibilities in manufacturing.

“Paul developed a manufacturing engineering program at Grand Valley that has excelled for over 25 years and emphasizes not just the skills a manufacturer needs, but the real-world career applications available to someone with those skills,” says Chuck Hadden, MMA president & CEO. “Paul has worked tirelessly to champion the industrial-academic partnership in West Michigan and through engagement with more than 250 businesses, manufacturing’s future success owes a debt of gratitude to this industry champion.”

The MFG Excellence Awards is a first-of-its-kind gala event to promote the inspiring stories of Michigan’s manufacturing industry, the thousands of unique manufacturing companies across the state, the more than 608,000 Michigan residents employed in the industry and the hundreds of local communities that support it.

In addition to presenting Dr. Plotkowski with the MFG Talent Champion Award, the MFG Excellence Awards will also present Governor Rick Snyder with the MFG Leadership Award and recognize some of the Michigan’s most renowned brands for their unwavering support of manufacturing. The John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award — an industry staple since 1981 — and awards for lifetime achievement, emerging leader, innovation and community impact will also be presented.

For more information on the 2017 MFG Excellence Awards, contact MMA’s Sarah Martin at 517-487-8521 or

This release was originally promoted on 10/24/17.

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