• Three Chamber members honored with statewide awards

    For Immediate Release – March 10, 2020

    Brian Otten, Marketing Manager
    Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce
    715-848-5947 | botten@wausauchamber.com
    Three Chamber members honored with statewide awards
    WAUSAU — Six Wisconsin companies were awarded the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Awards on February 20 in Milwaukee. In a testament to the strength of the manufacturing industry in central Wisconsin, three of the six award recipients in 2020 are members of the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce.

    The awards are presented annually by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce. Receiving recognition in the Grand Award categories were Gamber-Johnson LLC in the Medium Category, Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats in the Large Category and Greenheck in the Mega Category.

    The annual Manufacturer of the Year Awards program recognizes Wisconsin companies that demonstrate a commitment to business excellence, supporting their workforce and involvement in their community. The manufacturing industry employs nearly 500,000 Wisconsinites and is an engine which drives much of the state’s economy.

    “We are humbled to receive the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year award, and proud to be part of a team where everyone is working together for the good of so many.” said Rich Totzke, Senior Vice President at Greenheck. “It starts with our ownership, the Greenheck and Davis families, who relentlessly reinvest, not only in the business, but also in the communities around the world where our nearly 4,000 team members and their families live. Every day, our team members, themselves, demonstrate the values that Bob and Bernie Greenheck founded our company upon, by giving back to their communities in meaningful ways, and partnering with our sales reps and suppliers to consistently serve our customers.”

     “I could not be prouder of our team at Gamber-Johnson and deeply appreciate this award that recognizes our culture of continuous improvement and unerring focus on our customers.” said Brian Wagner, President & CEO at Gamber-Johnson.

    All three member businesses had been honored previously as recipients of the Chamber’s Manufacturing Excellence Awards. Gamber-Johnson LLC received the award in 2018 in the Small to Medium category, while Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats and Greenheck received awards in 2016 in the Small to Medium and Large categories respectively.

    “Both my family and our employees are grateful to earn an award at this level. Being our home state’s large Manufacturer of The Year lets us know that all of our hard work is absolutely worth it – and that others can also see the value in our efforts.” said Tanya Nueske, CEO at Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats. “This award shows that Northern Wisconsin remains strong in work ethic, community and commerce.  We couldn’t think of a better place to keep our family’s smokehouse business going, generation after generation, than right here in Wittenberg.”

    Created in part to serve the region’s manufacturers, the Greater Wausau Prosperity Partnership (GWPP) was established in 2019 to serve in the leadership role in the implementation and execution of the Greater Wausau Region Economic Development Strategic Plan. Among the initiatives called for in the plan is the creation of a business-driven Innovation Center or Center of Excellence focused on areas of specialized training and research. The creation of this Center will augment the abilities of local manufacturers and inspire innovation among entrepreneurs.

    “The Chamber, along with partner stakeholders, will continue to lead the region forward in implementing the goals outlined in the economic development plan for the region.” said Dr. Dave Eckmann, President/CEO of the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce. “Our organization will continue to serve as the unique connecting piece for the community between business, education, government and non-profits.”

    Jim McIntyre, CEO of Greenheck and Chairperson of the GWPP, will offer an update on implementation of the Greater Wausau Region Economic Development Strategic Plan at this month’s Future in Focus program at the Jefferson Street Event Center in Wausau on the morning of Tuesday, March 17. One of the plan’s initiatives which is related to bolstering the region’s manufacturing ecosystem is the creation of an innovation center.
    The event will also feature speakers Noah Williams, Director of the UW’s Center for Research on the Wisconsin Economy, and Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner at Economic Leadership LLC. Williams and Abernathy will address the current state of the economy in the nation, Wisconsin and the Wausau area, examine labor force challenges and provide an economic forecast for 2020.

    Nueske's.jpg caption: Members of the Nueske family and the Nueske's Executive Team accepting the company's Wisconsin Manufacturer of The Year Award on February 20, 2020 in Milwaukee. Gamber-Johnson LLC and Greenheck also received awards. All three businesses are members of the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce.

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    The Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce is the source for business information in the Wausau Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). We strengthen member businesses and enhance the region by building business success. For more information on the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce, visit us online at www.wausauchamber.com or call 715-845-6231.
    The Greater Wausau Prosperity Partnership (GWPP) has been established to serve as the leadership role in the implementation and execution of the Greater Wausau Region Economic Development Strategic Plan. The GWPP will fulfill four important roles relative to the plan: assess and prioritize economic development plan initiatives; establish expectations and accountability of actionable tactics; financial resource development for execution; and assess effectiveness of tactics.