Manufacturer of the Year Award Winners 2021

Manufacturer of the Year Award Winners 2021

Chris Hillman, Don DeMorett, & John Ledy
Manufacturers Alliance Podcast Ep. #44

Manufacturer of the Year Award Winners share their biggest improvements and lessons learned this past year.

Featuring guests:

Don DeMorett – PHS West

Don serves as president of PHS West, LLC.  PHS West manufactures motorized carts, tugs and lifters designed to bolster the safety and efficiency of material handling and product movement applications in a wide range of markets.    PHS is located in Rockford, MN and is part of the global SUNNEX Equipment Group, located in Spånga, Sweden.

Prior to PHS West, Don served as the COO of MOCON, Inc and President & CEO of GearGrid Corporation.  He holds a BS degree from St Cloud State University, an MBA from the University of St Thomas, and is a graduate of Minnesota Executive Program at the Carlson School of Business.


John Ledy – Innovize

John started working at GML, now Innovize, in 1981 and gained a wealth of experience working a variety of positions including production manager, salesperson, buyer, and estimator. John was promoted to President in 1987. Over the years, Innovize has acquired several competitors that have been merged into our business.

John’s interests include spending time with family, water skiing, snow skiing, and road course auto racing. John married Julie Overbye in 1987 and they have four children, Jenna, Chad, Jillian, and Chloe.


Chris Hillman – Starkey

With over 20 years of experience developing, transforming and leading global businesses and world-class operations, Chris Hillman is responsible for Starkey’s operational execution. In his previous role as Vice President and General Manager of Global Services Supply Chain for GE Healthcare, Chris Hillman successfully executed the aftermarket equipment business’ commercial operations, supply chain and operations strategies.


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