Manufacturer of the Year Awards

The 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.

Recognize the winners

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September 29th, 2021
7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Earle Brown Heritage Center
Tours of Excellence following Ceremony



Sponsoring the Manufacturer of the Year Award Ceremony is a great way to build your brand and reputation among Minnesota manufacturers and the business community. The event draws hundreds of attendees each year ranging from Owners, Executives, and Managers to those responsible for front line supervision. Find more information on our  Sponsorship Flyer

To become a sponsor contact Monica Smith,

Nomination Criteria

Nominees are typically several years into their lean journey and are selected based on peer recognition and demonstration of sharing continuous improvement experiences that contribute to the strength of the local manufacturing community. Examples include participation in the following:

  • Manufacturing related educational webinars and non-mandatory employee training
  • Plant tours and video tours for peers and community members
  • Sponsoring and conducting peer mentoring programs
  • Peer recommendations exemplifying the impact of any of the above

To nominate a company for Manufacturer of the Year, download and fill out the Nomination Form. Email completed nominations to

Deadline for Nominations Extended: Open now through May 12 , 2021