12th Annual Excellence Awards
This year marks the NEW Manufacturing Alliance’s 12th 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 12 years, over 475 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 12th annual NEW Manufacturing Alliance’s “Excellence in Manufacturing/K-12 Partnerships Awards” is being held on October 24, 2023, at the Resch Expo in Green Bay.
Manufacturing Award Winners
Partnership Award Winner
Education Award Winners
Congratulations to the 2023 Award Winners!
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
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