Chief Industries, Inc. of Grand Island
and Orthman Manufacturing, Inc. of Lexington are the recipients of the 2012
Innovation in Manufacturing Award for Nebraska.
The companies were
honored at the Oct. 3 meeting of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry's
Manufacturers Council held in Grand Island.
The Innovation in Manufacturing Award is
sponsored by the State Chamber and McGladrey and is presented annually to
Nebraska manufacturers who successfully implement new ways of conducting
business through the use of products, processes, technologies and strategies.
"It's an honor to recognize Chief
Industries and Orthman Manufacturing with this award," said Barry Kennedy,
president of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry. "The spirit
of innovation implemented by both of these companies gives us another reason to
be proud of our manufacturing base in Nebraska, and it illustrates why
manufacturers are helping pave the path to economic recovery."
Gov. Dave Heineman has proclaimed
the week of Sept. 30 – Oct. 6 as Manufacturing Week in Nebraska.
state's manufacturing sector plays a vital role in Nebraska's local economies
by employing nearly 125,000 Nebraskans and producing more than $10 billion in
annual output, according to data collected by the Nebraska Chamber and its
affiliate, the National Association of Manufacturers.
The State Chamber is
Nebraska's largest business association, representing employers of all sizes,
as well as local chambers of commerce and other associations.