FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Apr. 12, 2016
Contact: Nancy Wall Hewston or Dana Beyerle (334) 834-6000
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – April 12, 2016 – The Business Council of Alabama and the Alabama Technology Network today announced the winners of the 2016 Manufacturer of the Year Awards during a luncheon ceremony at the Alabama Activity Center.
The winners are Austal USA in Mobile, Revere Controls of Hoover, and Plasmine Technology of Bay Minette in the large, medium, and small manufacturer categories, respectively.
Since its beginning in 2000, the BCA and ATN awards ceremony has attracted Alabama dignitaries and manufacturing leaders to honor companies that are committed to improving Alabama’s economy.
The 2016 MOTY Awards keynote speaker was Carroll Thomas, director of the public-private Manufacturing Extension Partnership. With over 400 manufacturing extension offices located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, including the Alabama Technology Network, the MEP provides companies with services and access to resources that enhance growth, improve productivity and expand capacity.
BCA Chairman Tommy Lee, president and CEO of Vulcan Inc. in Foley, is on the MEP Advisory Board.
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.
“Now in its 17th year, the Business Council of Alabama and the Alabama Technology Network 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,” said William J. Canary, president and CEO of the BCA. “Since 2000 the Manufacturer of the Year Awards has been a premier event for the BCA, the Alabama Technology Network, the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama, and the National Association of Manufacturers. The BCA is proud to be the exclusive affiliate in Alabama to the NAM and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.”
ATN Advisory Committee Chairman David Muhlendorf introduced past MOTY award winners and this year’s 16 finalists.
“These fine companies represent the best in Alabama manufacturing and the use of technology Muhlendorf said. “You already have distanced yourselves from others by your recognition today.”
The 2016 Manufacturers of the Year are:
Large Manufacturer of the Year (400 or more employees)
Austal USA shipbuilding in Mobile is the BCA’s Manufacturer of the Year in the large manufacturer category. Austal maintains a workforce of 4,000 highly skilled men and women and proudly sustains a four-year apprenticeship program to produce the next generation of Austal’s talent pool, in addition to conducting workforce training and retraining.
Austal USA has invested more than $400 million and operates more than 1 million square feet of manufacturing space. It has built and delivered 20 ships for the commercial and defense aluminum market in the U.S., including warships for the U.S. Navy. Currently there are four U.S. Navy ships under construction.
Austal is involved in the community with financial and volunteer support. It participates in American Cancer Society and American Heart Association events, the annual Marine Corps Toys for Tots program, local schools, the United Way, chambers of commerce, professional baseball, and museums.
Austal USA was created in 1999 as a joint venture between Austal Ltd. of Australia and Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co. of Mobile. Its mission is to yield strong returns to shareholders, provide affordable and innovative solutions to customers, provide safe, rewarding, and stable careers for employees, enhance civic pride and prosperity, and build strong business relationships with partners.
Medium Manufacturer of the Year – 100 to 399 employees
Revere Controls of Hoover is the BCA’s Manufacturer of the Year in the medium manufacturer category. At Revere Controls the guiding force is: Better Controls Equal Better Business.
Revere Controls is one of the largest system integrators in the Southeast, producing approximately 4,000 custom-designed control panels per year to enable other Alabama and Southeast manufacturers to be more efficient and productive. In more than 35 years since its founding, Revere Controls has demonstrated growth, financial performance, and a commitment to quality, safety, responsiveness, and doing what’s right for both its customers and employees.
The 185 employees at the privately held company serve steel and metal, mining and mineral processing, forest products, water-wastewater, and general manufacturing in Alabama. It has expanded to Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida, and Texas. The company strives to continually improve its processes through suggestions made by numerous employee committees.
Revere Controls regularly contributes to area charities, student organizations, and schools.
Small Manufacturer of the Year – 1 to 99 employees
Plasmine Technology of Bay Minette is the Manufacturer of the Year in the small manufacturer category. Plasmine Technology is in its second century of operation that began as Newport Industries in 1912 as a wood rosin turpentine extractor. Since 2010 it has invested more than $12 million in its Bay Minette plant that employs 20 people who make and sell rosin size to the paper industry, providing improvements in paper mill efficiency, adhesives for the label industry, and a rosin-based additive for concrete formulations.
The private company’s focused organization competes against larger companies by emphasizing leadership, communication, data tracking and control, employee involvement, and accountability. It engages outside resources such as the Alabama Technology Network, parent-company research, membership associations, and vendors for knowledge, training, and ideas.
The Plasmine plant has recovered from a 2006 fire and is growing. It focuses its community resources toward activities that its employees are personally involved in. Incidentally, Plasmine’s Bay Minette plant was recognized as the 2008 Alabama Small Manufacturer of the Year.
The Business Council of Alabama is Alabama’s foremost voice for business. The BCA is a non-partisan statewide business association representing the interests and concerns of nearly 1 million working Alabamians through its member companies and its partnership with the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama. The BCA is Alabama’s exclusive affiliate to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.
The Alabama Technology Network links two-year colleges, the University of Alabama System, Auburn University and the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama to solve the needs of industry. Each ATN regional center tailors its services to meet local needs, providing innovative and cost-effective solutions to enable Alabama’s existing industry to be globally competitive. The network is Alabama’s affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership, which provides hands-on assistance and training to smaller manufacturers.