Excellence in Manufacturing/K-12 Partnerships Awards

13th Annual Excellence Awards

The Excellence Awards celebrates industry and education partnerships in the region.

This year marks the NEW Manufacturing Alliance’s 13th annual Excellence in Manufacturing/K-12 Partnerships Awards. The Alliance works collectively to attract, develop, and retain the highly-skilled workforce critical to the manufacturing industry in northeast Wisconsin. Since its inception in 2006, the Alliance has grown to over 300 members, with manufacturers partnering with educational institutions, workforce development boards, chambers of commerce, economic developers, and nonprofit agencies. 

The Excellence in Manufacturing/K-12 Partnerships Awards celebrates regional industry and education partnerships. Over the past 13 years, over 500 schools, manufacturers, and community partnerships have been nominated. This is just a small snapshot of examples exemplifying the strong partnerships between manufacturers and education.

John West, president of Fox Valley Metal-Tech and NEW Manufacturing Alliance’s (NEWMA) Board member, envisioned the Awards program. In 2012, he presented the idea of an Awards program to the Board. He thought the Alliance could bring attention to the best-in-class collaborations; others would then learn how to replicate it in their business or school.  Also, an Awards dinner would create a venue where people that normally do not meet would have the chance to connect.  Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) has sponsored the event each year.  A special thank you to WEDC and A to Z Machine.  A to Z Machine has made the awards given to the winners, with the assistance of high school students.  This is another great example of manufacturers working with schools!

The 13th annual NEW Manufacturing Alliance’s “Excellence in Manufacturing/K-12 Partnerships Awards” is being held on October 30, 2024, at the Resch Expo in Green Bay. 

Manufacturing Award Winners
Partnership Award Winner
Education Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2023 Award Winners!

Manufacturing Awards

Brighter Image – Miller Electric Manufacturing Company

Educational Partnership – Advanced Tooling Specialist

Leadership – Samuel Pressure Vessel Group

Manufacturing Innovation – Team Industries, Inc.

Visionary – Gregorio Balandran, Amcor

Youth Apprenticeship – Walker Forge

Educator Awards

Brighter Image – Seymour Community School District

Career Pathmaker Administrator – Vicki Porior, Oshkosh Area School District

Career Pathmaker Educator – Elizabeth Kust, N.E.W. School of Innovation

Career Pathmaker Educator -Paul Endter, Appleton West High School

Career Pathmaker Technology Education Teacher – Justin Casper, Two Rivers High School

Education Innovation – Fond du Lac High School

Higher Education – Christine Brown, Fox Valley Technical College – Wautoma

Manufacturer Partnership – Wabeno High School

Community Partnership Award

Fox Valley Technical College, Goodwill NCW & Rawhide Youth Services

2023 All Star & Mentor Winners

Georgia-Pacific – Fives Giddings & Lewis – Nicolet Plastics – Robinson, Inc. – Rockline Industries – Household Utilities, Inc. (HUI) – KI – Samuel Pressure Vessel Group – STRYKER – Great Northern Laminations