A panel of judges -- representing corporations, business development organizations, universities and other firms serving manufacturers -- will choose manufacturing leaders who contribute to their communities and the industry for the honors. Awards are presented in two categories: a "Small Tier," encompassing companies with fewer than 500 employees and a "Large Tier," for leaders of companies with more than 500 employees. The judges may also bestow a Special Achievement Award to recognize an individual whose contributions may not fit the Small and Large award criteria.
Recipients will be announced in May, recognized at the annual MMA Legislative & Executive Reception, and featured in the July/August 2005 issue of MMA's Enterprise magazine.
The 2004 John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Award recipients were Facundo Bravo, president and CEO, Uni Boring, Inc., of Howell (Large Tier); Jay Dunwell, president, Wolverine Coil Spring Co. of Grand Rapids (Small Tier); Bill Henderson, president, Aircraft Precision Products of Ithaca (Finalist); Preston Means, president, and Emma Brooks, vice president, Accu- Shape Die Cutting of Flint (Finalist), and Wes Smith, owner and president, E & E Manufacturing Inc. of Plymouth (Special Achievement).
MMA represents thousands of businesses and corporations throughout the state, which collectively employ 90 percent of Michigan's industrial work force.
CO: Michigan Manufacturers Association
CONTACT: Brad Ritter of Michigan Manufacturers Association,
Web site: http://www.mma-net.org/