Manufacturer of the Year Awards & Conference

 Due to health care recommendations concerning the coronavirus, the 24th Annual Manufacturer of the Year Awards and Conference has been postponed. We will announce the rescheduled date in the coming days.

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.




Each year, an Award will be presented in one of three categories: Companies with fewer than 100 employees; companies with 100 – 400 employees; and companies with 401+ employees. Previous winners have benefited significantly from the positive image and its impact on sales and workforce recruiting. Award winners are selected based on their demonstration of sharing continuous improvement experiences that contribute to the strength of the local manufacturing community. Examples of sharing improvement experiences include the following:

  • Manufacturing related seminars
  • Plant benchmarking tours
  • Publishing articles or blogs
  • Teaching in manufacturing organizations
  • Sponsoring peer mentoring programs 
  • Peer recommendations



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 450+ attendees each year. Attendees range from Owners, Executives, Managers to those responsible for front line supervision. Contact Monica Smith,