The Business Council of Alabama and the Alabama Technology Network today announced the winners of the 2017 Manufacturer of the Year Awards during a luncheon ceremony at the Alabama Activity Center. In addition, BCA partner Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association unveiled the Supplier of the Year winners.
The Manufacturers of the Year in the large, medium, and small manufacturer categories, respectively, are Mercedes-Benz U.S. International in Tuscaloosa County, LINE-X in Huntsville, and Central States Manufacturing Inc. in Jasper.
Since its beginning in 2000, the BCA and ATN award ceremony has attracted Alabama dignitaries and manufacturing leaders to honor companies that are committed to improving Alabama’s economy.
The MOTY awards recognize Alabama’s manufacturing enterprises that exhibit excellence in leadership, performance, profitability, and workforce relations. Winning manufacturers are selected by an independent panel of judges who look for demonstrations of superior performance in customer focus, employee commitment, operating excellence, continuous improvement, profitable growth, and investment in training and retraining.
“The annual Manufacturer of the Year Awards seeks to honor Alabama manufacturers – from the largest industrial employers to the smallest businesses – for displaying efficiency, safety, and excellence in their products and the process for making them,” said William J. Canary, president and CEO of the BCA. “Quite simply, manufacturing is an economic engine powering the state’s economy. Alabama manufacturers in the 21st century are leveraging technology in new and exciting ways, and the Business Council of Alabama and the Alabama Technology Network are honored to help share their stories.”
“These fine companies represent the best in Alabama manufacturing and the use of technology,” said Keith Phillips, interim president of ATN. “Now in its 18th year, the Alabama Technology Network and the Business Council of Alabama are honored to salute Alabama’s best manufacturers for their valuable participation in not only the state’s economy but also the economies of their employees and the suppliers who do business with them.”
The 2017 MOTY Awards keynote speaker was Steve Spencer, president of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama.
BCA Chairman Jeff Coleman, president and CEO of Coleman Worldwide Moving in Dothan, recognized MOTY finalists for 2017.
Medium Manufacturer of the Year – 100 to 399 employees
LINE-X LLC headquartered in Huntsville makes high-performance protective coatings not only for the automotive industry, but also emergency responders, the U.S. military, and other manufacturers around the globe. LINE-X is a global leader in protective coatings development and availability that has expanded beyond bed liners into other areas of the automotive aftermarket such as specialty automotive coatings and accessories. Its products have been used to safeguard bridges, farm equipment, heavy machinery, boats, trailers, and even the walls of the Pentagon.
We are extremely proud to be named an Alabama Manufacturer of the Year! Click here to learn more about LINE-X manufacturing solutions.