At last year’s Washington Manufacturing Awards banquet, Vigor Industrial Chief Executive Officer Frank Foti, having heard many of the stories of fellow honorees, exclaimed in his own acceptance speech, “We make some cool stuff.”
Except he didn’t say stuff. Instead, he used a somewhat more R-rated term that, while perhaps lacking in refinement, conveyed an appreciation for what Washington manufacturers do.
The men and women at these companies make cool stuff, often in inventive, innovative and environmentally friendly ways. If manufacturing today is reclaiming some status as cool, here are the people and companies making that happen.
GOLD: King Machine LLC
SILVER: Aspen Power Catamarans
GOLD: Safe Boats International LLC
SILVER: Cedar Groove Composting Inc.
GOLD: Skagit Valley Malting LLC
SILVER: Pasco Processing LLC
Silfab Solar Inc.
SILVER: Cabinet Tech LLC
GOLD: Bogert Manufacturing Inc.
The Lighthouse for the Blind Inc.
North Star Ice Equipment Corporation
Tom Miller: president, Western Industrial Tooling Inc., Redmond
Debbie Lee: CEO, Tool Gauge Tacoma
Loren Lyon: president, Lyon Enterprises; former president and center director, Impact Washington
Tom McLaughlin: executive director, Center for Advanced Manufacturing Puget Sound (CAMPS)
2019 Washington Manufacturing Awards Judges
Sharon Gregory, partner, Moss Adams
Loren Lyon, president, Lyon Enterprises; former president/director, Impact Washington
Tom McLaughlin, executive director, Center for Advanced Manufacturing Puget Sound (CAMPS)
Hillary Parker, principal, Clark Nuber
Bill Virgin, Seattle Business magazine columnist/writer
Tab Wilkins, president/director, Impact Washington