• Manufacturing Excellence Awards

    The fourth annual Manufacturing Excellence Awards program was held at the Stoney Creek Hotel & Convention Center in Rothschild on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.
    The Chamber recognized and celebrated area manufacturers who demonstrated 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 2019 recipients

    3M received the 2019 Manufacturing Excellence Award in the large manufacturer category and Colby Metal Inc 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.

    “Receiving this Manufacturing Excellence Award is a great honor for all of us at Colby Metal.” said Mark Viegut, President of Colby Metal Inc. “Our mission statement is to create a strong partnership and provide superior service to our valued customers while empowering our employees and local communities to prosper. This award is affirmation that we are headed in the right direction to accomplish our mission!”

    “The 3M Wausau site has been a proud part of the community for 90 years and we could not be happier about receiving the 2019 Large Manufacturer Award.” said Mario Diaz, Plant Manager at 3M. “We take great pride in our roofing granules, part of our mission to improve people’s lives, and getting recognized by the region’s business community just makes it all even better.”

    Dr. Robert M. Meyer, Chancellor Emeritus of UW-Stout was the keynote speaker. WSAW/WZAW’s Holly Chilsen served as the master of ceremonies for the event.

  • Finalists

    Six finalists were named in October 2019 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

    FreMarq Innovations Inc

    Lemke Industrial Machine LLC


    TCTeardrops LLC

  • Large Manufacturers (300+ Employees):