2019 Manufacturer & Employee of the Year Awards

Kentucky Association of Manufacturers Announces 2019 Manufacturers of the Year and Employee of the Year Award Winners

LEXINGTON, Ky. – (Oct. 30, 2019) The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) today announced the winners of its 19th Annual Manufacturer of the Year Awards and Employee of the Year Awards.

The awards were presented at KAM’s Excellence in Manufacturing Summit in Lexington, Kentucky, on October 30, 2019. The Manufacturer of the Year Awards were made possible by Brown-Forman, and the Employee of the Year Award was made possible by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS).

Stelised, Inc., from Shelbyville, KY, won in the Small Business Category; and Alltech, from Nicholasville KY, won in the Large Business Category. The manufacturing winners were selected based on the following criteria: innovative and entrepreneurial leadership with regard to products, production method, or services; leadership in making a key contribution to the quality of life in the commonwealth and their community; and active involvement in organizations that advance industry and manufacturing.

Dennis Dio Parker, a Toyota North American Regional Talent Development Consultant in Georgetown, KY, was selected as the 2019 Employee of the Year. The Employee of the Year nominees were judged based on four criteria: innovation, teamwork, community service and leadership.

The independent 2019 Awards Selection Committee consisted of:

  • Rich Cleary (Committee Chair), Member – Frost Brown Todd LLC, Louisville
  • Ray Leathers, Chairman Shelby County Industrial Development Foundation, Shelbyville
  • Gary Stewart, Retired CPA, Louisville
  • Tim Whitaker, Environmental Compliance Manager – ISP Chemical/Ashland, Inc., Calvert City
  • Larry Ferguson, President, Ashland Community & Technical College, Ashland
  • Glenn Bradley, Partner, Manufacturing Services Team Leader, MCM CPAs & Advisors, Louisville

“We’re continuing the tradition of excellence in Kentucky manufacturing with the exceptional nominees presented for the 2019 Manufacturing Awards,” said KAM Executive Director, Lee Lingo. “Kentucky manufacturers offer an incredible variety of services and products. These awards reflect the continued growth and success of manufacturing in our commonwealth. Thank you to our Awards Committee and congratulations to our nominees and winners.”


About KAM: Since 1911, the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) has served as the leading advocate for the manufacturing industry in the Commonwealth. For more information visit kam.us.com

Keynote Presentation (click to view)
Stelised, Inc.
Dennis Dio Parker


Wednesday, October 30, 2019
11:30 am – 1:30 pm


Heritage Hall at Lexington Center
430 W. Vine St. Lexington, KY 40507


Opportunities are available.