BCA and Alabama Technology Network Announce 2020 Manufacturer of Year Award Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 3, 2020

Contact: Jean Elizabeth Miles | Phone: (334) 240-8729

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — On Thursday, August 27, the Business Council of Alabama (BCA) announced the 2020 Manufacturer of the Year Award winners as part of its virtual businesssummit, Engage Alabama. In partnership with the Alabama Technology Network (ATN), BCA awarded three awards to the Small, Medium, and Large Manufacturers of the Year.

Since its start in 2000, the Alabama Manufacturer of the Year Awards (MOTY) program has continued to recognize the state’s top manufacturers, celebrating the hard work and dedication of each and every employee and promoting the many accomplishments of Alabama’s best and brightest industry leaders. Hosted by BCA and ATN, the MOTY awards recognize those leading the way in leadership, performance, profitability, and workforce relations. Winners are selected by an independent panel of judges based on 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 exist to highlight those who excel in the industry and contribute a great deal to Alabama’s economic development,” said Katie Boyd Britt, president and CEO of BCA. “While this year’s ceremony was certainly different from previous years, the business community could not miss the opportunity to celebrate these incredible manufacturers.”

Keith Phillips, executive director of ATN, said, “The companies acknowledged today represent the best of Alabama’s manufacturing industry. ATN is thrilled to continue our partnership with BCA to provide a platform for Alabama manufacturers and suppliers to share their stories of growth, hard work, and their economic impact to our state.”<

Awards are presented in three categories based on the number of employees: small with 99 or fewer employees, medium with 100-399 employees, and large with 400 or greater employees. The award winners were as follows:

Small Manufacturer of the Year: Adventech LLC, Florence, AL

Adventech LLC of Florence is quickly becoming recognized as a world leader in the industry by creating a complex electric motor generator, the Maxeff, that is setting the standard in efficiency. Adventech’s mission is to develop unique solutions that inspire, drive, and power the world through value-added technology.

Medium Manufacturer of the Year: Steel Dust Recycling, Millport, AL

Steel Dust Recycling of Millport, Alabama, is America’s newest facility dedicated to recovering zinc from the industrial waste stream. The SDR recycling facility can currently process more than 240,000 tons of Electric Arc Furnace steel dust annually. SDR is part of Zinc Nacional, a privately owned company dedicated to the production of zinc compounds and recycled paperboard founded in 1952.

Large Manufacturer of the Year: Constellium, Huntsville, AL

Constellium is a global leader designing and manufacturing innovative and high value-added aluminium products and solutions for a broad range of applications dedicated primarily to aerospace, automotive, and packaging markets. Constellium’s plant at Muscle Shoals is an aluminium manufacturing plant and a world-class can recycling center with the capacity to recycle nearly 20 billion cans per year.

2020 Supplier of the Year Awards:

Also announced during Engage Alabama were two Supplier of the Year award winners, sponsored by the Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association (AAMA). This year, the awards went to Mercedes Benz US International and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama for their incredible response throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The two companies honored with the 2020 Supplier of the Year Awards went above and beyond to address the situation of being in the COVID-19 pandemic and address what needed to be done to adapt to the changes it brought about,” said Ron Davis, president of AAMA. “These companies engaged in the issue at hand, they communicated with their peers, they were proactive, they were creative with their solutions to help solve the problem, and they were very transparent. We are thrilled to honor them with these awards.”

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.