Dane Manufacturing wins Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award

Nine Wisconsin companies — including Waunakee-based Dane Manufacturing — were declared winners of the 34th annual Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year (MOTY) Awards for outstanding achievements in manufacturing. The winners, announced Thursday, Feb. 16, at a black-tie banquet in Milwaukee, represent the state’s robust and diverse manufacturing industry.

The MOTY program recognizes the state’s top manufacturers of all sectors and sizes for their commitment to quality careers, good business practices, financial growth, innovative processes, and reinvestment into local communities.

Companies were evaluated on areas including financial growth, technological advances, product development, environmental solutions and sustainability, operational excellence and continuous improvement, commitment to employees, safety, and effective research and development. Award winners were selected by an independent panel of judges.

Four Grand Award winners, based on company size, were recognized and five companies took home Special Awards for specific achievements.

Grand Awards:

Small Category: Federal Tool & Engineering, LLC — West Bend

Medium Category: Gamber-Johnson LLC — Stevens Point

Large Category: Paper Machinery Corp. — Milwaukee

Mega Category: Hydrite Chemical Co. — Brookfield

Special Awards:

Investment in the Next Generation: Precision Plus Inc. — Elkhorn

Exceptional Entrepreneurialism: Dane Manufacturing — Waunakee

Single Source Strategy: Wisconsin Metal Parts Inc. — Waukesha

Heart of the Badger: Volm Companies Inc. — Antigo

Commitment to Continuous Employee Development: Charter Manufacturing Company Inc. — Mequon