• Greenheck.jpg
      The 2016 Manufacturing Excellence Awards were held on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. Greenheck won in the large manufacturers category.
    • Nueskes.jpg
      The 2016 Manufacturing Excellence Awards were held on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. Nueske's Applewood Smoked Meats won the award in the small to medium manufacturers category.
    • ManEx1.jpg
      The 2016 Manufacturing Excellence Awards were held on Tuesday, October 4, 2016.
    • ManEx2.jpg
      The 2016 Manufacturing Excellence Awards were held on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. S. Mark Tyler of OEM Fabricators was the keynote speaker.
  • Manufacturing Excellence Awards

  • Our first annual Manufacturing Excellence Awards program was held at the City Grill on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. We 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 recipients

    Greenheck received the 2016 Manufacturing Excellence Award in the large manufacturer category and Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats 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.

    “It is an honor to receive the Manufacturing Excellence Award, especially considering the outstanding group of manufacturers also nominated. The award is very gratifying and means a lot to our employees to be recognized for their efforts in delivering best-in-class products to our valued customers.” said Jim McIntyre, President and CEO of Greenheck.

    “We are extremely honored to be the recipient of the 2016 Manufacturing Excellence Award.” said Glenn Gazzolo, President of Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats. “Vince Lombardi once said, ‘The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.’ At Nueske’s, we truly believe that the people involved are the reason the business exists. We value the results of hard work and receiving this award reinforces our commitment and our efforts towards making the finest bacon and helping the community prosper.”

    “In Marathon County, the manufacturing sector accounts for 16,500 jobs with average annual earnings of $62,088. In addition to jobs and earnings, manufacturing in Marathon County accounts for 22% of the total economic activity, producing $1.5 billion in gross regional product.” said Dave Eckmann, President/CEO of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce. “Dollars generated from the manufacturing sector provide a high quality of life for thousands of families in this county. Money spent that spills over to retail, commercial businesses, the healthcare sector and to our governmental units.”

    Read more about the Awards in this online edition of the event's printed program.

  • Finalists

    Twelve finalists were named in September 2016 for the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce's first annual Manufacturing Excellence Awards. The finalists in the two award categories were:

    Small to Medium Manufacturers (1 - 299 Employees):

    AROW Global Inc

    J & D Tube Benders

    Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats

    UAS Laboratories LLC

    Vortex Tool Inc