STERN Pinball Named as Finalists for Manufacturer of the Year Award

CHICAGO, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Start magazine, a trade publication that
serves 85,000 manufacturing industry leaders, today announced the finalists
for its Manufacturer of the Year Awards, which honor innovative manufacturers
that are improving the industry.
"We are thrilled to honor these American manufacturers who found ways to
remain competitive and profitable," said Peggy Smedley, editorial director of
Start magazine. "We look forward to presenting the winners with custom-made
trophies from another American manufacturer."
Each finalist has demonstrated the ability to overcome challenges, a
proven track record in job growth, improved corporate revenues and capital
investments, and a strong commitment to its workforce and community.
Winners of the Manufacturer of the Year Awards will be announced Sept. 29
at the Manufacturing and Economic Recovery Conference, hosted by Start and
held at the North Shore Hotel in Skokie, Ill. For more information about the
awards or the conference, visit http://www.startmag.com/merc or call
The finalists are listed below. Each category will have one winner.
Small (revenues less than $200 million):
ASV Inc., Grand Rapids, Minn.
CAE Inc., Hamburg, Mich.
Craftmade Intl., Coppell, Texas
ELAN Homes, Lexington, Ky.
EMF Corp., Angola, Ind.
Floyd Rose Guitars, Oakhurst, N.J.
Granite Rock Co., Watsonville, Calif.
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Waterbury, Vt.
Lifeway Foods Inc., Morton Grove, Ill.
Mag Instrument, Ontario, Calif.
Martek Biosciences, Columbia, Md.
Metal Essence, Sanford, Fla.
Nutraceutical Intl. Corp., Park City, Utah
Patagonia, Ventura, Calif.
Quixote Corp., Chicago, Ill.
Russound, Newmarket, N.H.
STERN Pinball Inc., Melrose Park, Ill.
Tampa Brass & Aluminum Corp., Tampa, Fla.
Toyoda-Koki Automotive North America Inc., Morristown, Tenn.
ZymoGenetics, Seattle, Wash.
Mid-market (between $200 million and $1 billion):
American Cast Iron Pipe, Birmingham, Ala.
American Pan, Urbana, Ohio
American Pharmaceutical Partners Inc., Schaumburg, Ill.
American Woodwork Corp., Winchester, Va.
Biosite Inc., San Diego, Calif.
Crown Beverage Packaging, Crawfordsville, Ind.
Cytec Corp., Marlborough, Mass.
dj Orthopedics Inc., Vista, Calif.
Delphi Electronics & Safety, Kokomo, Ind.
GenCorp., Rancho Cordova, Calif.
Headwaters Inc., South Jordan, Utah
Heaven Hills Distilleries Inc., Bardstown, Ky.
Inman Mills, Inman, S.C.
Nordson Corp., Westlake, Ohio
OMNOVA Solutions Inc., Fairlawn, Ohio
Orbital Sciences Corp., Dulles, Va.
Organic Valley Family of Farms, LaFarge, Wis.
Shure Inc., Niles, Ill.
Simpson Manufacturing, Dublin, Calif.
Skyline Inc., Elkhart, Ind.
Large (more than $1 billion):
Abbott Labs, Newark, Del.
Alcon Laboratories, Ft. Worth, Texas
Amgen Inc., Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Avon Products, New York, N.Y.
Bristol-Myers Squibb, New York, N.Y.
Colgate-Palmolive, New York, N.Y.
Dell Inc., Round Rock, Texas
Eli Lilly, Indianapolis, Ind.
Genentech, San Francisco, Calif.
General Mills, Minneapolis, Minn.
Guidant, Indianapolis, Ind.
Pella Corp., Pella, Iowa
PepsiCo, Purchase, N.Y.
Pfizer Inc., New York, N.Y.
Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, Ohio
Remy Intl., Anderson, Ind.
Sherwin-Williams, Cleveland, Ohio
Texas Instruments, Dallas, Texas
The Timberland Co., Stratham, N.H.
The Warnaco Group, New York, N.Y.
W.L. Gore & Associates Inc., Newark, Del.
Wm. Wrigley Jr., Chicago, Ill.
Xilinx Inc., San Jose, Calif.

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