November 3, 2014
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Awards honor innovations of Washington's top manufacturers



AWB honored Cadet Manufacturing of Vancouver as the 2014 Washington Manufacturer of the Year during an award presentation last week at the ShoWare Center in Kent. Cadet, a family-owned manufacturer of heaters and thermostats, earned the award for generating jobs, streamlining operational practices, maximizing energy efficiency and reducing waste.

The 2014 Innovation Award went to TigerStop LLC, also of Vancouver, for its popular line of high-tech automated tape measures, lineal cutting machinery and stop/gauge pusher systems.

Ozone International of Bainbridge Island earned the Operational Excellence Award for deeply integrating lean manufacturing processes into its operations. The company cut production time, improved safety and reduced costs, all while increasing capacity by 80 percent.

Two companies received the Green Manufacturing Award. Emerald Services of Tacoma is a national leader in recycling and repurposing industrial fluids, turning potentially problematic materials into valuable products. Manhasset Specialty Company became the first company in the Pacific Northwest to install a major new clean-technology innovation that entirely eliminated the generation of chemical waste in its powder coating preparation process.

Take a look inside these remarkable companies with AWB's award videos, or read more about the awards here. The Columbian and Vancouver Business Journal also covered the awards.



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