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Thursday, October 20

MEDIA ADVISORY: AWB Institute’s Manufacturing Summit Takes Place Oct. 26 in Everett

Presented by RSM and media partner Puget Sound Business Journal, this year’s event will feature U.S. Export-Import Bank Chairman Fred Hochberg, next generation workforce

OLYMPIA — Sponsored by RSM, the Association of Washington Business Institute (AWBI) in partnership with the Puget Sound Business Journal, will host its annual Manufacturing Summit Oct. 26 at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center at XFINITY Arena in Everett.

The theme of this year’s event is “Trade: Connecting Washington with the World.” It will feature keynote speaker U.S. Export-Import Bank Chairman Fred Hochberg, Granite Falls High School’s Eco Car Club, RSM’s recent Monitor Report results and more.

AWBI will also announce the winners of the 2016 Manufacturing Excellence Awards, which include:

  • 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.

Registration opens at 7 a.m. and the program begins at 8 a.m. The full agenda is available online.

Media wishing to attend the event should contact AWB Communications Manager Bobbi Cussins at 360.943.1600 to make arrangements for space, power and audio needs.

About the Association of Washington Business
Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes nearly 7,000 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association and is the recent recipient of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives’ 2016 State Chamber of the Year Award. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit

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