Seattle Business magazine honored 15 pioneering companies at its annual Washington Manufacturing Awards gala Thursday night at the Museum of Flight. The event attracted 300 business leaders from across the state. The diversity of this year’s finalists —which included companies that make everything from RFID tags to bakery equipment —demonstrates the breadth and depth of the state’s industrial base.
“The winners were companies with innovative products who found ways to boost their competitiveness through improved manufacturing processes and effective marketing,” said Leslie Helm, editor of Seattle Business magazine. “It’s companies like these that remind us of the current strength and future promise of Washington’s manufacturing sector.” Washington manufacturers account for 12 percent of the state’s economy and close to half of all its exports.
The program was supported by presenting sponsor Chase Commercial Banking and signature sponsors Meridian Capital and Impact Washington.