December 4, 2017
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Big winners announced at Evening of Excellence

Top Washington employers had their evening in the spotlight last week during AWB's second-annual Evening of Excellence. Awards were given to leading businesses during a formal soirée at Benaroya Hall.

The Oscars-style event included a red-carpet entrance, a balcony reception overlooking downtown Seattle, and a dinner and awards ceremony in the grand entrance to the symphony hall.

No one knew who would win the awards until they were announced. Finalists were all honored before the big winners were declared.

The winners are:

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories - Employer of the Year, recognizing an employer that has implemented innovative job retention, creation, benefits, and/or compensation plans that fosters a thriving work environment. The other finalists were Bellmont Cabinet Company and Rite in the Rain.

Aslan Brewing - Entrepreneur of the Year, given to an entrepreneur whose business is less than 5 years old and has made a significant impact in their industry. The other finalists: C2S Technologies and Schilling Cider.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - Achieve Award, recognizing a business that has excelled in creating, implementing or supporting a high-caliber education and/or workforce development system aligned with closing the employment gap. The other finalists were the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) and Greater Spokane Incorporated.

Alaffia - Connect Award, recognizing a business whose products and/or services have positively impacted the way in which Washington employers and communities are connected to each other and the world. Finalists: Expedia, Inc. and Frontier Communications.

Earth Friendly Products - Leading Environmental Practices Award, recognizing a business that has put a priority on environmental improvement, education or outreach to their business sector and/or community. The other finalists were Honeywell International Inc. and Nucor Steel Seattle, Inc.

A&R Solar - Advance Award, recognizing a business that has had a significant impact in its sector, contributing to the advancement of their community and/or statewide economy. The other finalists were Western Institutional Review Board and WGU Washington.

The awards garnered widespread media coverage, including in The Spokesman-Review, The Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business the Lewis Clark Valley Connection, the Business Examiner and the Moscow-Pullman Daily News.

Award nominations are open year-round, so it's never too late (or too early) to nominate your company or a business you admire for AWB's Evening of Excellence and Manufacturing Excellence awards. The deadline to apply for a 2018 award is June 30.

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