Manufacturer of the Year Awards and Conference

Recognize the winners & learn from the keynote, breakouts, and tours.

Congratulations to this year’s award Winners




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September 27th, 2022  7:30am – 1:30pm   |   The Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center
6155 Earle Brown Drive, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430



Conference Schedule

  7:30am     Registration and Breakfast
  8:30am     Keynote Presentation
  9:15am     Manufacturer of the Year Ceremony
10:00am     Break
10:30am     Breakout Session
11:30am     Lunch and Networking
12:30pm     Breakout Session
  1:30pm     Travel Time
  2:30pm     Tours of Excellence


The Manufacturer of the Year Awards and Conference

Awards Presentation

Keynote Address

Tours of Excellence

Breakout Sessions

Digital Replay of all of the Sessions



Keynote Presentation

Robert Bodor, President and Chief Executive Officer, Protolabs


Manufacturing’s Move to Ecommerce: The Driving Forces Behind Our Industry’s Digital Evolution

Whether it’s one-click shopping with Amazon, ride-sharing with Uber, or custom lodging through AirBnB, innovative companies and their customers have fully embraced the shift to online experiences and ecommerce transactions. The manufacturing industry—which has been rooted in a more traditional business model—has also been undergoing a digital transformation. This change is in response to a rapidly evolving marketplace where companies are faced with a greater demand for innovation, and over the past few years, the omnipresence of supply chain disruption. From the perspective of a company built on digital, Protolabs CEO Rob Bodor discusses the macrotrends driving industry change and how digital manufacturing is feeding this next industrial revolution.

Breakout Session 1

Stay Interviews to Boost Retention

Working With Different Generations

How Lean Practitioners can Influence without Authority

Breakout Session 2

Developing Next Generation Leaders

Recognition Practices that Improve Engagement

Installing the Habits of a Lean Leader


Tours of Excellence

Participation Optional, Pre-Registration Required

GN ReSound, Design Ready Controls, Design Ready Controls, Boston Scientific, Ajax, Reell.



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Thank you to our


Anderson Companies, Bremer Bank, CBIZ, Konik, PATTERSON THUENTE IP, US Compliance, Wipfli


Gold Sponsors
Blue Key Media, Class C Components, Fidelity Bank, Loram, Maertens Brenny, Magnetic North, Park Industries, Starkey