Press Release

Wednesday, October 2

AWB Honors Tacoma's Feed Commodities with Manufacturer of the Year Award

Innovative livestock feed company helps companies reduce food waste, save money

TACOMA — The Association of Washington Business today honored Feed Commodities of Tacoma with the 2019 Manufacturer of the Year Award.

Feed Commodities, LLC is a premier recycler of bakery and food byproducts into livestock feeds. The company purchases high-quality ingredients through local, vetted suppliers, safeguards them from transportation through the production process, and ensures that the finished feeds meet high safety and quality standards. The company has also developed Normandy Waste Management Systems, an innovative solution to help companies reduce food waste, save money and benefit the environment through better tracking and management of bakery ingredients.

The Manufacturer of the Year Award is given to a company that has a commitment to manufacturing excellence, has found creative solutions to challenges, as well as involvement in public policy that impacts manufacturers.

AWB President Kris Johnson presented the award to company officials Wednesday afternoon at the Feed Commodities facility in Tacoma.

“Feed Commodities has developed creative solutions for the Pacific Northwest food industry, and quality products for Washington’s farms and ranches,” Johnson said. “And this company has been involved in telling the story of manufacturing in Washington, advocating for policies that allow all employers to thrive.”

Feed Commodities was established in 1996 and employs 35 people. It’s among the many Washington companies AWB will visit during the Manufacturing Week bus tour through Oct. 10.

“Receiving the 2019 Washington Manufacturer of the Year Award is quite an honor,” Feed Commodities CEO Jim Seley said. “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.”

Washington’s manufacturing sector produced nearly $59 billion in economic output in 2017, and employed more than 287,000 people with good-paying jobs.

AWB’s tour bus began the day at SEH America in Vancouver, and continued to G. Loomis in Woodland, Churchill Glove Co. in Centralia, Lacey Makerspace in Lacey, and Greer Tank in Lakewood.

“AWB’s Manufacturing Week bus tour is a celebration of Washington’s incredible manufacturing sector,” AWB President Kris Johnson says. “Manufacturing means good jobs, great products and a solid foundation for the economic health of our state. We’re proud to represent such extraordinary employers, from thousands of family businesses — many of them starting in a garage or basement — to some of the world’s biggest companies. We look forward to hearing their stories along the way and learning how we can help them advocate for smart policies that help manufacturers grow.”

Manufacturing has a big impact on Washington’s working families and communities, too.

More than 287,000 people worked at 7,636 manufacturing firms in 2017. The average compensation was more than $88,000 per year. Many of these jobs offer training and career opportunities without a traditional four-year college degree and are popular with those seeking to avoid student loan debt.

Today’s tour covered Pierce County, where more than 16,700 people work in manufacturing jobs that pay more than $60,000 a year, the state Employment Security Department reports.

The tour also covered Clark County, with more than 13,700 manufacturing jobs; Cowlitz County, with 6,147 jobs; Lewis County, with 3,145 jobs; and Thurston County, with 3,482 manufacturing jobs.

This year’s tour is expected to include several dozen employers and cover more than 1,400 miles.

Follow AWB’s 2019 Manufacturing Tour in real time on AWB’s Olympia Business Watch blog, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts, and Vimeo channel.

For high-resolution photos from AWB’s Manufacturing Week tour, including print-quality photos from each tour stop, visit AWB’s Google Photos account. All photos are available for media use in print and online. Contact AWB Photo Editor Brian Mittge (BrianM@awb.org) with technical questions about photos.

For B-roll of any event during the tour, contact Brian Temple (BrianT@awb.org) or Andrew Lenderman (AndyL@awb.org).

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