Linetec Named Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year
The Wausau shop is one of the nation’s largest independent architectural finishers, providing paint and anodize finishing services for such products as windows, curtain walls, entrances, hardware and other components.
Linetec was named Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award in the “large” category, for companies with 300-799 employees, in a statewide recognition program. The Wausau shop is one of the nation’s largest independent architectural finishers, providing paint and anodize finishing services for such products as windows, curtain walls, entrances, hardware and other components.
The annual awards program is intended to celebrate the successes of manufacturers in the state for their innovations, philanthropy, technological advances, commitment to customer satisfaction and quality jobs. It is co-sponsored by accounting and advisory firm Baker Tilly, law firm Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, and the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce business association. Winners were announced and recognized at an event held in Milwaukee on February 22.
“We feel very honored to receive this award amongst a group of very distinguished companies,” says Rick Marshall, Linetec president. “The credit for this award belongs to our 570 employees. Their positive attitude and belief in our core values is what drives our business results in all areas: safety, quality, improvements, growth, etc. I am very proud of what they have built and accomplished over the years.”
According to the award organizers, “Manufacturers contribute to the vibrancy of Wisconsin and our communities through good business practices, innovative processes, safe work environments and productivity enhancements. Manufacturing creates economic growth and is the engine that drives the Wisconsin economy. Winners exemplify the elite of manufacturing in innovation, commitment to excellence, dedication to employees and investment in Wisconsin communities.”
Since 1988, the award program has averaged 50 nominees each year, chosen from dozens of applications in the categories of small, medium, large and mega-sized companies. Each entry is evaluated by an independent panel of judges representing leaders in business, government, education and the media from across the state.
The application and nomination process requires companies to undergo an assessment of:
- Manufacturing process, including environmental solutions and innovations, research and development leadership, and application of high technology.
- Operational excellence, workplace safety best practices and continuous improvement efforts.
- Management philosophy and employee commitment, highlighting an involvement of all levels in the organization and a commitment to developing the workforce.
- Community support, stewardship and involvement, demonstrated by leadership in the industry, including articles and awards and recognitions.
- Financial stability, profitability and growth.
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