Seven Wisconsin companies were declared winners of the prestigious Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year (MOTY) Awards for outstanding achievements in manufacturing. The winners were announced Thursday, May 19 at a black-tie banquet honoring the 26 finalists.

The annual Manufacturer of the Year Awards program recognizes Wisconsin companies that are dedicated to quality careers, good business practices, financial growth, innovative processes and reinvestment into local communities. The industry itself employs nearly 500,000 Wisconsinites and contributes more than $63 billion annually to the economy.

“Manufacturing is the backbone of Wisconsin’s economy. It not only sustains high-wage, family-supporting careers and contributes billions to our economic growth, it also provides the tools and technology that ensure Wisconsin is a leader in innovation,” said Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) President & CEO Kurt R. Bauer. “We are proud to recognize these companies for their immense impact on the state. Wisconsin manufacturing is what drives us into the future.”

In its 33rd year, the MOTY Awards program recognizes companies of all sizes for all they do to grow Wisconsin’s economy. Companies were evaluated including financial growth, technological advances, product development, environmental solutions and sustainability, operational excellence and continuous improvement, commitment to employees, and effective research and development. Award winners were selected by an independent panel of judges.

“On behalf of Baker Tilly, I offer congratulations to the winning companies. I would also like to acknowledge the women and men across the state who work in the manufacturing industry,” said Baker Tilly Partner Greg Sofra. “You make your company, your community and our state a better place and that is what MOTY is all about.”

Four Grand Award winners, based on company size, were recognized for impeccable performance. These winners showcase the strength and vibrancy of the manufacturing industry.

“After 33 years, Michael Best continues to be a proud sponsor of the MOTY Awards program because we view manufacturing as one of the primary pillars that keeps Wisconsin’s economy strong,” added Michael Best Firm Managing Partner David Krutz. “This annual celebration gives us a chance to showcase all of the good that manufacturers do for their companies, the state, and for the people in the communities in which they are located.”

The Manufacturer of the Year Awards are sponsored by the advisory firm of Baker Tilly, the law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce – the combined state chamber and manufacturers’ association. 

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33rd Annual Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award Winners:

Grand Awards:

Small Category: Centrisys/CNP – Kenosha

Medium Category: Winsert – Marinette

Large Category: Teel Plastics – Baraboo (BioForward Member)

Mega Category: Green Bay Packaging – Green Bay

Special Awards:

Rapid Growth: Octopi Brewing – Waunakee (BioForward Member)

Creativity & Community Commitment: Kapco Metal Stamping – Grafton

Concentrated Economic Impact: Mercury Marine – Fond du Lac