November 14, 2016
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Puget Sound Business Journal special manufacturing report features AWB awards

The Puget Sound Business Journal, the official media partner for AWB Institute’s recent Manufacturing Summit, has published a special report on manufacturing in Washington state. From aersospace to steel, the report looks at the realities, challenges and opportunities of Washington's thriving manufacturing sector.

The special report also highlight's AWBI's Manufacturing Excellence Awards, which PSBJ Publisher Emory Thomas helped present in Everett on Oct. 26.

In a half-page advertisement in the manufacturing special report, AWB President Kris Johnson emphasized how manufacturing drives Washington's economy, and highlighted the winners of AWBI's Manufacturing Excellence Awards: "For generations of Washingtonians, manufacturing has provided a path to the middle class. Thanks to these employers and many more like them, that path still exists."

The full manufacturing special report is online (paywall) starting on page 17. A few highlights:

Print copies of the manufacturing special report will be available at AWB's Evening of Excellence on Nov. 30 in Seattle. Spaces are still available at this formal event honoring some of the best and brightest companies in Washington.

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