October 31, 2016
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Manufacturing Excellence Awards highlight innovation, environmental excellence

From the carbon fiber in BMW's electric cars to the laundry detergent on your supermarket shelf, Washington manufacturers make some of the finest products in America. To highlight just what is being done in Washington by our modern manufacturers, AWB and the AWB Institute presented the Manufacturing Excellence Awards to five employers during last week's Manufacturing Summit in Everett.

This year’s awards program highlighted manufacturers of all sizes and from different sectors of the industry – from steel to fishing gear – for outstanding contributions to innovation, environmental excellence and operational improvements that lead to efficiency and healthy, rewarding workplaces.

The five winners in the four award categories are:

As the official media partner for the event, Puget Sound Business Journal Publisher Emory Thomas helped present the awards. The paper will publish a special manufacturing report Nov. 4.

The Columbia Basin Herald covered the awards.

“Manufacturing is the cornerstone of Washington state’s economy and like every industry sector, these employers strive to lift up their communities and employees, and raise the bar on environmental stewardship across the state,” said AWB President Kris Johnson. “Today’s award winners demonstrate how manufacturers and their shop floors have evolved to become high-tech, clean and green. Job well done to all the winners.”

AWB will recognize other stars in the employer community during the first-ever Evening of Excellence during a black-tie gala in downtown Seattle on Nov. 30. Seats are still available.

The 2017 Manufacturing Excellence and Evening of Excellence awards nominations are open year-round. The deadline to apply for consideration for next year’s awards is June 30, 2017.

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