• Manufacturing Excellence Awards

    The third annual Manufacturing Excellence Awards program was held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Rib Mountain on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. Congressman Sean Duffy was the keynote speaker at the event. In addition to delivering the keynote address, Duffy received the 2018 Spirit of Enterprise Award from the US Chamber of Commerce in recognition of his consistent support for pro-growth policies at the federal level. WSAW/WZAW’s Jeff Thelen served as the master of ceremonies for the event.
    The Chamber recognized and celebrated area manufacturers who demonstrate excellence in the following areas:
    • Contributions to growing the region's economy
    • Operations
    • Innovation
    • Workplace culture
    • Quality jobs
    • Supply chain management
    • Commitment to the region

    The 2018 recipients

    Domtar Paper Co LLC received the 2018 Manufacturing Excellence Award in the large manufacturer category and Gamber-Johnson LLC received the award in the small to medium manufacturer category. The large manufacturer category included those businesses with more than 300 employees, while the small to medium manufacturer category included businesses with less than 300 employees.

    “On behalf of my 400 colleagues at the Domtar Rothschild Mill, we are very proud to have received this award.” said Dave Faucett, General Manager at Domtar Paper Co LLC. “We strive each and every day to not only make top quality products our customers rely on, but to do so in a sustainable manner.  It is truly an honor and very humbling to be recognized by the local manufacturing community. We will display this award proudly for all employees, customers and visitors to see!”

    “We are honored to be the recipient of the 2018 Manufacturing Excellence Award.” said Jason Lewandowski, Vice President of Engineering at Gamber-Johnson LLC. “This recognition is the result of the outstanding efforts and dedication from the entire Gamber-Johnson team and our supply chain partners. We are proud of our central Wisconsin manufacturing roots.”

  • Finalists

    Six finalists were named in September 2018 for the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce's third annual Manufacturing Excellence Awards. The finalists in the two award categories were:

    Small to Medium Manufacturers (1 - 299 Employees):

    Colby Metal Inc

    Gamber-Johnson LLC

    Gordon Aluminum Industries Inc

    Northwest Tool & Manufacturing Company Inc

  • Large Manufacturers (300+ Employees):

    Domtar Paper Co LLC

    Wausau Tile Inc

  • Manufacturing Excellence Awards Past Recipients

    Large Manufacturer Category

    2017 – Linetec

    2016 – Greenheck

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