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Michigan Manufacturers Honor 2021 MFG Excellence Award Recipients

LANSING (Nov. 5, 2021) —Michigan manufacturing’s most respected honors were bestowed yesterday during the 2021 MFG Excellence Awards at the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol, the Michigan Manufacturers Association’s (MMA) annual celebration recognizing Michigan manufacturing’s lifelong leaders and the outstanding businesses that thrive throughout the state.

The MMA’s annual awards program recognizes manufacturing excellence in company and individual award categories as determined by teams of independent judges.

The 2021 MFG Excellence Awards were co-hosted by MMA’s President & CEO John J. Walsh and Donna Russell-Kuhr, President of PTM Corporation and the 2019 MFG Woman of the Year. The sold-out event showcased inspiring stories of manufacturing innovation and lifetime achievements across the industry and honored the following award winners:

MFG Lifetime Achievement Award
William Henderson, Aircraft Precision Products (Ithaca)

John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award – Small Tier
Brent Hardman, Powell Fabrication & Manufacturing LLC (Saint Louis)

John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award – Large Tier
Magna International of America, Inc. (Troy)

MFG Woman of the Year Award
Andra Rush, Dakkota Integrated Systems, LLC (Brighton)

MFG Innovation Excellence Award
Duperon Corporation (Saginaw)

MFG Talent Champion Award
Jenny Geno, Saginaw Intermediate School District (Saginaw)

“Coolest Thing Made in Michigan” People’s Choice Award
World’s Largest Hydraulic Power Unit, Exotic Automation & Supply (New Hudson)

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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