MiMfg Magazine September 2017 - Page 9

September 2017 MiMfg Magazine You’re Invited! Hear from the Best of the Best in Michigan Manufacturing Nobody tells a story like manufacturers and no product touches the lives of everyday people like Michigan-made products. Hear the manufacturing stories at the prestigious MFG Excellence Awards, Michigan’s largest celebration of industry leaders. This black-tie event will be a night of celebration, networking and memories as MMA honors the men and women who have reinvigorated the state’s most vital industry. In addition to recognizing the newest John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year and MFG Talent Champion (read statements from past honorees below), several individuals and companies will be honored with new awards including: • Emerging Leader — Hear from an energetic, future-focused leader who exemplifies the modern manufacturer and is driven to make tomorrow’s industry even better. • Community Impact — Learn the secrets of a company that has shown exemplary leadership in serving its ay! local community and shared the giving nature of manufacturing. • Innovation Excellence — Highlight a company that has brought an innovative concept to market, and developed and maintained a culture focused on engaging the workforce to bring new ideas to life. • Lifetime Achievement — Honor an individual who has excelled in the industry and inspires their peers, emerging leaders, lawmakers and educators to strive to make significant contributions to their company, industry and community. Plan to join us on Thursday, 11/9/17, in Lansing for the honoring of the MFG Excellence Awards. You’ll hear exceptional stories of world-class leaders and learn best practices you can apply in your own business. Register now in News & Events or connect with Sarah Martin, MMA event coordinator, at 517-487-8521 or martin@mimfg.org. 6 od RSVP T excellence AWARDS Date & Location Thursday, November 9, 2017 Crowne Plaza Lansing West Pricing $150/person for MMA Industry & Associate Members $250/person for MMA Insurance & Future Members $1,250 for a table (seats 10) Registration Online: www.mimfg.org Phone: 517-487-8521 E-mail: martin@mimfg.org From Previous Winners... “I was completely overwhelmed by the idea of being a Talent Champion. Manufacturers have such pride in what they do – our job is to help them show it and share it. I grew up around manufacturing. It’s in my blood. What I’m doing, it’s a labor of love.” – Kelly Burr, 2016 MFG Talent Champion, The Shop Rat Foundation “It’s about continuously looking for ways to innovate. Whether it is one facility or a statewide manufacturing industry, you have to always encourage new ideas and different ways of thinking in order to succeed.” – Jack Finlayson, 2014 MMY – Large Tier, Gerdau Special Steel North America (Monroe, Jackson) “Manufacturing is the pulse of America. Manufacturing drives Michigan communities. Strong manufacturing keeps jobs here and revitalizes the areas that have been hurt. [We] have to work to solve manufacturing’s issues. If we don’t involve ourselves, nobody else will rise up to help. We must lead the process.” – Patrick Curry, 2014 John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year (small tier), Fullerton Tool “If everyone believes [talent] is someone else’s problem to solve, eventually the new people that are coming in cannot make up for the workers that are retiring. That’s where we are today. We must build a dialogue between employers and educators. Collaboration is key to solving this problem.” – Jason Luke, 2014 MFG Talent Champion, Kalamazoo RESA “We are doing a lot of cool stuff in manufacturing. I want to make it sexy. I want it to appeal to people. Manufacturers take pride in their work. It’s not just about the product, it’s about the service it provides and the time spent creating it.” – Jon DeWys, 2013 John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year (small tier), DeWys Manufacturing “It is amazing to hear the comments from people who have purchased our product. It is so inspiring to hear them say how it has changed their life.” – Al Thieme, 2012 John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year (small tier), Amigo Mobility 9