Manufacturer & Employee of the Year Awards

Louisville, KY (October 28, 2016) The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) announced the winners of its 16th annual Manufacturer & Employee of the Year Awards at their Awards Luncheon this afternoon at the Seelbach Hilton in Louisville.

Ferm Solutions and Wilderness Trail Distillery won in the Small Business Category; LINAK U.S. won in the Mid-Size Business Category; and Domtar Hawesville Mill won in the Large Business Category. Each was selected based on the following criteria:

  • Innovative and entrepreneurial leadership with regard to products, production method, or services;
  • Recognized leadership in making a key contribution to the quality of life in the Commonwealth and the community; and
  • Active involvement in organizations that advance industry and manufacturing.

Tami Hatfield, Ford Motor Company, was selected as the 2016 Employee of the Year. Nominees were judged on four criteria:

  • Innovation, Teamwork, Community Service and Leadership.

The independent 2016 Awards Selection Committee consisted of:

  • Rich Cleary (Committee Chair), Member – Frost Brown Todd LLC, Louisville
  • Dr. Paul Schreffler, Vice Chancellor for Economic Development and Workforce Solutions – Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Versailles
  • Steve Kerrick, Partner – Mountjoy Chilton Medley, LLP, Louisville
  • Ray Leathers, President & CEO – Roll Forming Corporation, Shelbyville
  • Becky Naugle, State Director – Kentucky Small Business Development Center, Lexington
  • Gary Stewart, Retired CPA, Louisville
  • Tim Whitaker, Environmental Compliance Manager – Ashland, Inc., Calvert City
  • Wade Williams, VP Manufacturing, Business Retention & Expansion – Northern Kentucky Tri-ED, Covington.


Tami Hatfield - 2016 Employee of the Year

Ferm Solutions and Wilderness Trail Distillery – 2016 Manufacturer of the Year - Small Business Category

LINAK U.S. – 2016 Manufacturer of the Year - Mid-size Business Category

Domtar Hawesville Mill – 2016 Manufacturer of the Year - Large Business Category


Friday, October 28, 2016


Louisville, Kentucky


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