Michigan Manufacturers Announce 2020 MFG Excellence Award Winners

LANSING — In a year of unpredictable and unimaginable circumstances, the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) announced the extraordinary recipients of the 2020 MFG Excellence Awards, Michigan’s annual statewide recognition program of the exceptional contributions that Michigan manufacturers make to their workforce, their communities, the economy and the industry.

“Manufacturing has shown its very best in 2020,” said MMA President & CEO John J. Walsh. “It is our honor to celebrate the rich history and bright future of Michigan’s largest and most impactful sector through the MFG Excellence Awards.”

The 2020 MFG Excellence Award winners are:

MFG Lifetime Achievement Award
Ron Beebe of Euclid Industries (Bay City)

John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award (large tier)
Landscape Forms, Inc. (Kalamazoo)

John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award (small tier)
DeWys Manufacturing Inc. (Grand Rapids)

MFG Woman of the Year Award
Honor Sheard of Marathon Petroleum Company | MI Refining Divsion (Detroit)

MFG Emerging Leader Award
Phil Rausch of Hemlock Semiconductor Operations (Hemlock)

MFG Talent Champion Award
Julie Malesky of Nexteer Automotive (Saginaw)

MFG Innovation Excellence Award
XG Sciences, Inc. (Lansing)

MFG Community Impact Award
Hemlock Semiconductor Operations (Hemlock)

The award winners will be honored at the Virtual MFG Excellence Awards on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. The winner of the “Coolest Thing Made in Michigan” People’s Choice Award will also be announced live during the event.

Learn more about MMA and the MFG Excellence Awards at For more information on the MFG Excellence Awards, the “Coolest Thing” or to schedule a call with MMA President & CEO John Walsh, contact MMA’s Delaney McKinley at 517-487-8530 or

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