Michigan Manufacturers Announce MFG Excellence Award Winners

“Manufacturers do more than just make a product. They create something out of nothing, innovate, inspire, employ our people and invest in our communities,” said Chuck Hadden, MMA President & CEO. “Michigan would be a far less exciting place without manufacturers and the MFG Excellence Awards is our chance to thank them, to celebrate them and to honor the hard work they do everyday.”

MMA cordially invites supporters of the industry to join them on this night to honor the following one-of-a-kind individuals and well-known brands:

  • MFG Lifetime Achievement Award
    Tammy Bernier of Duperon Corporation (Saginaw)
  • MFG Lifetime Achievement Award
    Mark Marcucci of Gerdau Special Steel North America (Jackson)
  • MFG Lifetime Achievement Award
    Al Thieme of Amigo Mobility International (Bridgeport)
  • John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award (large tier)
    Jim Wolf of Avalon & Tahoe Manufacturing, Inc. (Alma)
  • John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award (small tier)
    John Sammut of Firstronic LLC (Grand Rapids)
  • MFG Woman of the Year Award
    Donna Russell-Kuhr of PTM Corporation (Ira)
  • MFG Emerging Leader Award
    Cheslie Stehouwer of Continental Dairy Facilities (Coopersville)
  • MFG Talent Champion Award
    Erika Nielsen of MAGMA/BorgWarner (Auburn Hills)
  • MFG Innovation Excellence Award
    KMS Designs Inc. (Portage)
  • MFG Community Impact Award
    DeWys Manufacturing Inc. (Marne)
  • MMA Legislative Excellence Award
    Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (Clarklake)
  • And watch as the winner of the 2019 “Coolest Thing Made in Michigan” People’s Choice Award is announced live on-stage

“From start to finish, the list of award recipients this year is astounding,” said Hadden. “Whether it is those that have spent a lifetime getting the industry to where it is today or those who are picking up that torch to lead Michigan manufacturing into the future, every one of these men and women is an example of what manufacturing is all about.”

Download the PDF version of this release here. You can register online or contact MMA’s Sarah Martin at 517-487-8521 or

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