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MFG Excellence Awards 2018


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.

John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award — Large Tier

Eagle Alloy

Eagle AlloyEagle Alloy of Muskegon will be recognized for being at the forefront when it comes to progressive ways attract students to the manufacturing community, utilizing career day events, internships and community engagement with over 40 charitable organizations. (watch video or read press release)

John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award — Small Tier

Jim Richards • Total Security Solutions

Jim Richards of Fowlerville-based Total Security Solutions will be honored for his unmatched dedication to the company’s purpose of helping people feel safe — in the workplace, at school and in the businesses they visit — so they can all come home to their own families every day. (watch video or read press release)

MFG Lifetime Achievement Award

Harry Leaver • Central Michigan Manufacturers Association

Harry LeaverHarry Leaver, executive director of the Central Michigan Manufacturers Association for his 50+ years of dedicated service to the Michigan manufacturing industry and his lifelong commitment to ensuring the American Dream is something attainable for all people. (watch video or read press release)

MFG Lifetime Achievement Award

Al Glick • Alro Steel

Al GlickAl Glick, chairman & CEO of Jackson-based Alro Steel, will be honored for his lifelong commitment to the industry and a set of values that drive not just his work at Alro Steel, but his philanthropy in the Jackson community and his role as symbol of excellence for all up-and-coming manufacturers. (watch video or read press release)

MFG Innovation Excellence Award

Gentex Corporation

Gentex CorporationZeeland-based Gentex Corporation was selected for its game-changing technology including its automatic-dimming rearview mirror and other significant advances for the automotive sector. (watch video or read press release)

MFG Emerging Leader Award

Jeremy Bockelman • Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center

Jeremy BockelmanJeremy Bockelman, regional director of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (The Center) was selected for his passion and energy into benefitting regional manufacturing and takes every opportunity to support the industry. (watch video or read press release)

MFG Talent Champion Award

John Tucker • PTM Corporation

John TuckerJohn Tucker of PTM Corporation in Ira Township was selected for his understanding of the importance of workforce diversity and willingness to educate Michigan’s future workforce on the opportunities ahead in the world of manufacturing. (watch video or read press release)

MFG Community Impact Award

Aircraft Precision Products Inc.

Aircraft Precision Products Inc.APPI in Ithaca will be honored for its company-wide participation in growing the Ithaca community, including being active in area school boards, business organizations, churches, art and music organizations, youth athletic programs, veterans organizations and senior centers. (watch video or read press release)

“Coolest Thing Made in Michigan”

John TuckerThe globally recognized Original Stormy Kromer Cap®, a unique six-panel hat hand-stitched by some of the world’s best craftspeople at Jacquart Fabric Products in Ironwood, claimed the title of ”Coolest Thing Made in Michigan” live on stage after a months-long social media campaign narrowed a wide variety of Michigan-made products down to a well-deserving Top 10 and the eventual 2018 Award Winner. (read press release)

    Blue Cross Blue Shield MetLife Michigan Creative Maner Costerisan Spartan Printing Trumpie Photography The Whole Brain Group Clayton McKervey MTMIC Rehmann The Luminous Group LLC Kinexus Industrial Control MLive PNC Bank IT Resource
    • Contact MMA’s Sarah Martin, at 517-487-8521 or martin@mimfg.org to learn about upcoming sponsorship opportunities.

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.

John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award — Large Tier

Eagle Alloy

Eagle AlloyEagle Alloy of Muskegon will be recognized for being at the forefront when it comes to progressive ways attract students to the manufacturing community, utilizing career day events, internships and community engagement with over 40 charitable organizations. (watch video or read press release)

John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award — Small Tier

Jim Richards • Total Security Solutions

Jim Richards of Fowlerville-based Total Security Solutions will be honored for his unmatched dedication to the company’s purpose of helping people feel safe — in the workplace, at school and in the businesses they visit — so they can all come home to their own families every day. (watch video or read press release)

MFG Lifetime Achievement Award

Harry Leaver • Central Michigan Manufacturers Association

Harry LeaverHarry Leaver, executive director of the Central Michigan Manufacturers Association for his 50+ years of dedicated service to the Michigan manufacturing industry and his lifelong commitment to ensuring the American Dream is something attainable for all people. (watch video or read press release)

MFG Lifetime Achievement Award

Al Glick • Alro Steel

Al GlickAl Glick, chairman & CEO of Jackson-based Alro Steel, will be honored for his lifelong commitment to the industry and a set of values that drive not just his work at Alro Steel, but his philanthropy in the Jackson community and his role as symbol of excellence for all up-and-coming manufacturers. (watch video or read press release)

MFG Innovation Excellence Award

Gentex Corporation

Gentex CorporationZeeland-based Gentex Corporation was selected for its game-changing technology including its automatic-dimming rearview mirror and other significant advances for the automotive sector. (watch video or read press release)

MFG Emerging Leader Award

Jeremy Bockelman • Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center

Jeremy BockelmanJeremy Bockelman, regional director of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (The Center) was selected for his passion and energy into benefitting regional manufacturing and takes every opportunity to support the industry. (watch video or read press release)

MFG Talent Champion Award

John Tucker • PTM Corporation

John TuckerJohn Tucker of PTM Corporation in Ira Township was selected for his understanding of the importance of workforce diversity and willingness to educate Michigan’s future workforce on the opportunities ahead in the world of manufacturing. (watch video or read press release)

MFG Community Impact Award

Aircraft Precision Products Inc.

Aircraft Precision Products Inc.APPI in Ithaca will be honored for its company-wide participation in growing the Ithaca community, including being active in area school boards, business organizations, churches, art and music organizations, youth athletic programs, veterans organizations and senior centers. (watch video or read press release)

“Coolest Thing Made in Michigan”

John TuckerThe globally recognized Original Stormy Kromer Cap®, a unique six-panel hat hand-stitched by some of the world’s best craftspeople at Jacquart Fabric Products in Ironwood, claimed the title of ”Coolest Thing Made in Michigan” live on stage after a months-long social media campaign narrowed a wide variety of Michigan-made products down to a well-deserving Top 10 and the eventual 2018 Award Winner. (read press release)

    Blue Cross Blue Shield MetLife Michigan Creative Maner Costerisan Spartan Printing Trumpie Photography The Whole Brain Group Clayton McKervey MTMIC Rehmann The Luminous Group LLC Kinexus Industrial Control MLive PNC Bank IT Resource
    • Contact MMA’s Sarah Martin, at 517-487-8521 or martin@mimfg.org to learn about upcoming sponsorship opportunities.

Contact Sarah Martin

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