Manufacturer of the Year Awards

The Manufacturers Alliance annual Manufacturer of the Year Award Ceremony and Conference brings local manufacturers together to celebrate and recognize manufacturers that share improvement experiences with fellow manufacturers in a cooperative fashion. Click Here to watch the 24th Annual Manufacturer of the Year Awards and Conference Presentations. Each year, an Award is presented for each of three categories: 

  • Companies with fewer than 100 employees   
  • Companies with 100 – 400 employees   
  • Companies with +400 employees   


Nominees are typically several years into their lean journey and actively involved in developing all associates. These companies also embrace the spirit of cooperation and business community involvement. Award winners are selected based on peer recognition and demonstration of sharing continuous improvement experiences that contribute to the strength of the local manufacturing community. Examples of participation and sharing experiences include the following activities:

  • Manufacturing related seminars
  • Plant benchmarking tours
  • Publishing articles or blogs
  • Leadership or teaching in manufacturing organizations
  • Sponsoring peer mentoring programs 
  • Peer recommendations from outside your company




Sponsoring the Manufacturer of the Year Award Ceremony is a great way to build your brand and reputation among Minnesota manufacturers and the local business community. The event draws hundreds of attendees each year. Attendees range from Owners, Executives, Managers to those responsible for front line supervision. Contact Monica Smith,