James Nicholson to be Recognized for Lifetime Achievement in Manufacturing

Mr. Nicholson was selected by an independent panel of judges for his longstanding service to his community. His broad affiliations have showcased the positive image of manufacturing to all who work with him.

“Jim is an exemplary leader who understands that a manufacturer is more than just a person who makes something — a manufacturer is someone who gives back something,” says Chuck Hadden, MMA president & CEO. “Over the course of his career, Jim has given his time and resources to the Detroit community on issues of business, infrastructure, commerce and tourism. I can say with certainty that the growth and resurgence of Detroit would not have been possible without Jim’s philanthropic heart and soul.”

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 Mr. Nicholson with the MFG Lifetime Achievement 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 emerging leader, talent champion, 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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