April 27, 2017

AWB seeking employers who showcase excellence and best practices for awards

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Live music being played at last year's Evening of Excellence Awards at Benaroya Hall in Downtown Seattle. 

(Photo by Brian Mittge/AWB)

Washington is home to some of the most innovate, environmentally mindful and community-focused employers in the nation, and each year AWB is privileged to help honor the best of the best.

AWB provides opportunities for member companies to showcase excellence and best practices through two awards programs: The Evening of Excellence awards in November and Manufacturing Excellence awards in October.

Nominations are now open and the application deadline for both awards programs is June 30.

The Evening of Excellence awards is a black-tie event hosted at one of downtown Seattle’s most renowned venues, Benaroya Hall.

The award categories are:

  • Washington Achieve Award – Recognizing a business who has excelled in creating, implementing or supporting a high-caliber education and/or workforce development system aligned with closing the employment gap.
  • Washington 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.
  • Leading Environmental Practices – Recognizing a business that has put a priority on environmental improvement, education or outreach to their business sector and/or community.
  • Washington Advance Award – Recognizing a business who has had a significant impact in their sector, contributing to the advancement of their community and/or statewide economy.
  • Entrepreneur of the year – Given to an entrepreneur who’s business is less than 5 years old and has made a significant impact in their industry.
  • Employer of the Year – Recognizing an employer who has implemented innovative job retention, creation, benefits, and/or compensation plans that fosters a thriving work environment.

Last year’s winners were: D.A. Davidson (Washington Achieve Award), The Seattle Symphony (Washington Connect Award), Banfield Pet Hospital (Leading Environmental Practices), The International Air and Hospitality Academy (Washington Advance Award), M3 Biotechnology (Entrepreneur of the Year), and Energy Northwest (Employer of the Year).

Winners and finalists for last year’s inaugural Evening of Excellence awards were featured in the cover story in Washington Business magazine’s winter 2017 edition.

The Manufacturing Excellence awards, which will be presented during October’s Manufacturing Summit, has four categories:

  • Green Manufacturing Award Given to a business that has maximized energy efficiency levels, gone above and beyond regulatory requirements, minimized waste from the production process and reduced its carbon footprint.
  • Operational Excellence Award — Recognizing a company that has a distinctive manufacturing process, including continuous improvement, innovations, lean and six sigma and/or application of high technology.
  • Innovation Award — Recognizing a company that has maintained a competitive advantage by utilizing innovation while remaining responsive to market demands.
  • Manufacturer of the Year Award — This premier award recognizes a company that has a commitment to business excellence, has found creative solutions to challenges that raise or enhance the industry standard, as well as involvement in state and/or local public policy issues that affect manufacturers.

The 2016 Manufacturing Excellence award winners were: Earth Friendly Products (Green Manufacturing), Rite in the Rain (Innovation), SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers (Operational Excellence), G. Loomis (Operational Excellence) and Nucor Steel Seattle (Manufacturer of the Year).

All awards are peer-reviewed by AWB member companies with expertise in the related award categories.

AWB has photo galleries of last year’s events and the 2016 Manufacturing Summit highlights video on its website.

To learn more about these awards and to download an application, visit the AWB awards page or contact Kelli Schueler at 360.943.1600.