October 7, 2019
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AWB honors outstanding Washington employers with Manufacturing Excellence awards



Tacoma’s Feed Commodities has earned the 2019 Manufacturer of the Year Award for its commitment to manufacturing excellence, creative solutions and involvement in public policy.

Feed Commodities CEO Jim Seley accepted AWB’s Manufacturer of the Year Award last Wednesday at the company’s Tacoma facility.

Feed Commodities recycles bakery and food byproducts into livestock feeds. The company buys high-quality ingredients from local suppliers, transports and processes the byproducts, and ensures that the final product meets high safety and quality standards. It was established in 1996 and employs 35 people.

The company was recognized for its commitment to manufacturing excellence, creative solutions to challenges, and involvement in public policy that impacts manufacturers. Feed Commodities is one of four Manufacturing Excellence Award winners to be recognized on this year’s tour.

“Receiving the 2019 Washington Manufacturer of the Year Award is quite an honor,” Feed Commodities CEO Jim Seley said in a news release. “We look forward to being part of the continual growth of positive and healthy Washington workforce environments, while supporting the Washington food industry with food waste diversion and reduction opportunities.”

AWB President Kris Johnson congratulated the company for creating new solutions for the food industry, quality products for Washington farms and ranches, and for helping to tell the Washington manufacturing story.

KBTC’s Chris Anderson covered the event and produced this video package of the award, and what the tour means for Washington.

On Friday, AWB’s tour stopped in Seattle’s Industrial District to present the Operational Excellence Award to Cascade Designs.

This original Seattle family business was recognized for its distinctive manufacturing process, including continuous improvements and innovations. The company designs and produces groundbreaking outdoor and mountaineering equipment, and has invested in global health research as well.

The company, founded in 1972, employs 500 people worldwide and is responsible for some of the most innovative outdoor equipment advancements in recent years.

AWB staff toured the production facility for the Therm-a-Rest sleeping pad, a lightweight, durable self-inflating sleeping pad that was among the company’s first inspirations. Cascade Designs also produces the Mountain Safety Research WhisperLite stove, advanced water filters and better ice axes for outdoor enthusiasts around the world. The company’s inventions have allowed campers, climbers, soldiers and international aid workers to travel farther, safer and more comfortably, In recent years, the company has invested significantly in new technology that helps bring clean water to off-grid communities or natural disaster victims around the world as part of its Global Health Initiative.

“Cascade Designs creates great products and good manufacturing jobs in the heart of Washington’s largest city,” AWB President Kris Johnson said in a news release. “Their hard work and innovations have undoubtedly improved backcountry safety and global health over the years, truly remarkable achievements.”

Check out a video wrap-up here and a photo gallery here.

The tour continued this morning in Northwestern Washington, including a stop at the Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery to present the 2019 Green Manufacturing Award.

The refinery was recognized for its work to maximize energy efficiency, reduce its carbon footprint, exceed regulatory requirements and minimize waste from the production process.

The refinery processes about 105,000 barrels of crude oil each day, producing gasoline, diesel and fuel oil. The refinery also received an Elite Gold Safety Award from the Association of Petroleum Manufacturing last year, and EPA Energy Star certifications five out of the last six years. It was built in 1954 and employs 275 people.

“Thank you, Kris and AWB for recognizing all of the amazing hard work of the Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery employees,” Refinery Manager Jolie Rhinehart said this morning. “We take great pride in improving our energy efficiency and we could not be more honored to receive the Green Manufacturing award.”

“The Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery is a vitally important energy partner for Washington and the Pacific Northwest,” AWB President Kris Johnson says. “Our state’s manufacturing sector and transportation networks rely on high-quality, affordable fuels to make great products, move freight and help people get to work. Phillips 66 helps meet that need every day.”

Today’s tour also covered Alcoa’s Intalco Works, Broadcast Tools, Everett Community College, Fluid Motion and Icicle Brewing.



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