The Manufacturer & Manufacturing Employee of the Year Awards focus attention on the important contributions manufacturers and industry make to their employees, customers, and communities, and the impacts of exceptional manufacturing employees on their companies and communities. These awards showcase the entrepreneurial spirit, community and enterprise leadership, and good citizenship of Kentucky’s top manufacturers and employees that enhance the prosperity of communities across the Commonwealth.
The 2023 recipients will be announced at the 2023 Awards Dinner on November 2 during KAM’s 2023 Manufacturers Summit at Western Kentucky University’s Knicely Conference Center in Bowling Green.
Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership (50%) in regards to products, production methods, or services. Describe on-site production of innovative, award-winning, “world-class” products and/or services; safety programs; unique product designs and/or processes; or recognized characteristics such as high-quality products, low defect rates, etc. Emphasis will be placed on Kentucky-driven innovations.
Corporate Citizenship (30%) providing leadership in making a key contribution to the quality of life in the Commonwealth and/or local community. Include the economic impact of the initiative. Describe and list the enterprise’s “corporate citizenship” and monetary, in-kind, or volunteer support efforts provided by the company. Examples include charitable projects focused on schools, parks, medical clinics, or non-profit organizations.
Advocacy (20%) in promoting the advancement of manufacturing and industry in Kentucky. List leadership roles held by company employees in local chambers of commerce, industry or trade associations, and other groups that advance manufacturing and industry in Kentucky and/or the United States. Specify the advancement or accomplishment to which the company’s team members contributed. Include years of participation and volunteer positions held, such as committee and board appointments.
Innovation (25%) accomplished by the nominee in the workplace. Include descriptions of the nominee’s suggestions and recommendations that have led to, for example, improved productivity, safety, or profitability.
Teamwork (25%) demonstrated by the nominee by, for example, his/her participation in group or team projects; consideration for the needs of teammates or of the enterprise in a selfless manner. Using specific examples, describe the nominee’s impact on the workplace by his/her teamwork.
Community Service (25%) as demonstrated by the nominee giving back to the greater community. Describe how, outside of work, the nominee engages in the community through his/her volunteer efforts, for example, on behalf of schools, charities, youth sports, public service, or other civic activities. List all relevant activities.
Leadership (25%) by the nominee as a positive role model, demonstrating high integrity, ethical behavior, exceptional work performance, and strong character. Give specific examples of the nominee’s impact and influence on fellow employees.
Toyotetsu America, Inc., Large Manufacturer
Evonik Corporation, Midsize Manufacturer
Hallway Feeds, Small Manufacturer
Alltech, Large Manufacturer
Stelised Inc., Small Manufacturer
Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky, Large Manufacturer
Wacker Chemical Corporation, Midsize Manufacturer
Huff Technologies, Small Manufacturer
Dorman Products, Large Manufacturer
Novolex Duro Bag, Large Manufacturer
Pegasus Industries & Packaging, Midsize Manufacturer
Commonwealth Agri-Energy, LLC, Small Manufacturer
Domtar Paper Company, LLC, Large Manufacturer
LINAK U.S., Midsize Manufacturer
Ferm Solutions and Wilderness Trail Distillery, Small Manufacturer
GE Appliances, Large Manufacturer
Holley Performance Products, Midsize Manufacturer
Hahn Automation, Small Manufacturer
Ford Motor Company, Large Manufacturer
CLARK Material Handling Company, Midsize Manufacturer
Kentucky BioProcessing, Inc., Small Manufacturer
General Motors Bowling Green Assembly Plant, Large Manufacturer
American Printing House for the Blind, Midsize Manufacturer
Lectrodryer, LLC, Small Manufacturer
Catlettsburg Refining, LLC, Large Manufacturer
Denyo Manufacturing Corporation, Midsize Manufacturer
Universal Woods, Inc., Small Manufacturer
Emerson Industrial Automation, Large Manufacturer
Calgon Carbon Corporation, Midsize Manufacturer
Sekisui S-Lec America, Small Manufacturer
Brown-Forman, Large Manufacturer
Big Ass Fans, Midsize Manufacturer
Kentucky Trailer, Small Manufacturer
Raytheon, Large Manufacturer
Atkins & Pierce, Midsize Manufacturer
Simpak, Small Manufacturer
Gallatin Steel, Large Manufacturer
Whip Mix Corporation, Midsize Manufacturer
I.B. Moore Company, Small Manufacturer
Cox Interiors LLC, Large Manufacturer
LINAK U.S. Inc., Midsize Manufacturer
Wagstaff Inc., Small Manufacturer
Alltech, Large Manufacturer
Blendex Inc., Midsize Manufacturer
Blue Moon Artworks, Small Manufacturer
Lectodryer, Small Manufacturer
LG&E Energy, Large Manufacturer
McCoy & McCoy Laboratories, Midsize Manufacturer
LSI Graphic Solutions Plus, Small Manufacturer
Webasto Roof Systems, Large Manufacturer
Modine Manufacturing Company, Midsize Manufacturer
OnLine Printing, Small Manufacturer
American Electric Power/Kentucky Power, Large Manufacturer
Boneal Inc., Midsize Manufacturer
Clark Publishing Inc., Small Manufacturer
Griffin Industries, Large Manufacturer
Shelby Industries, Small Manufacturer
Tammy Jesse, Pegasus Industries and Packaging
Dennis Dio Parker, Toyota Motor North America
Kevin Diamond, Wacker Chemical Corportion
Brad Levi, Marathon Petroleum Corporation
Tami Hatfield, Ford Motor Company
Danette Wilder, SealingLife, Inc.
Larry Dean, White Drive Products
Dale Budke, Moulding and Millwork
Larry Combs, Brown-Forman Corporation
James Myers, Whip Mix Corporation
Ray Leathers, Roll Forming Corporation
Wayne Allen, Shelby Industries
Danuta Hatcher, Unilever Foods
Scotty Lippert, Clopay Corporation