2019 Alabama Manufacturer of the Year Ceremony


MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Business Council of Alabama and the Alabama Technology Network announced the 2019 Manufacturer of The Year (MOTY) winners during an awards luncheon ceremony held on May 1, 2019 at the Alabama Activity Center.

The MOTY awards recognize Alabama’s manufacturing enterprises that exhibit excellence 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 purpose of the annual Manufacturer of the Year Awards is to shine a spotlight on manufacturing excellence and to give the those who have invested in Alabama the acknowledgement and promotion they deserve.” said Katie Boyd Britt, president and CEO of the BCA. “Quite simply, this is an opportunity for the business community to say, ‘job well done!’ to some of Alabama’s most successful industries.”

Since its beginning in 2000, the BCA and ATN award ceremony has attracted Alabama dignitaries and manufacturing leaders to honor companies that are committed to improving Alabama’s economy.

ATN Executive Director Keith Phillips said the companies acknowledged today represent the best in Alabama manufacturing and the use of technology. “For 20 years, it has been an honor to partner with the Business Council of Alabama to provide a platform for Alabama manufacturers and suppliers to share their stories of growth, hard work, and their economic impact to our state,” Phillips said.

Large Manufacturer of the Year (400 or more employees) ZF Chassis Systems, Tuscaloosa

 For almost 100 years, ZF has been a reliable and competent partner for global vehicle manufacturers worldwide. ZF CHASSIS SYSTEMS Tuscaloosa develops and manufactures products that support the mobility of people and goods, including German- and Asian-based automotive manufacturers. ZF supplies Mercedes-Benz U.S. with complete axle systems for the C-class sedans. With 484 employees, ZF Chassis Systems is a manufacturing leader for Tuscaloosa and the West Alabama region

Medium Manufacturer of the Year (100 to 399 employees) Milo's Tea Company, Bessemer

MILO’S TEA COMPANY was founded as a restaurant in 1946 by Milo and Bea Carlton after Milo returned from serving our country in World War II. Milo’s philosophy was simple – use high quality, natural ingredients, listen to your customers and never sacrifice taste. Their vision still guides them today as they source natural ingredients, fresh brew all their teas and never use added colors or preservatives. As certified women-owned business, which means they are majority owned and controlled by women, Milo’s employs 194 people. 

Small Manufacturer of the Year (1 to 99 employees) OnPoint Manufacturing, Florence

ONPOINT MANUFACTURING was formed in 2000 to make garments one at a time in exactly the size that fits the buyer. The business model allows the designer to maximize your time and capital through Purchase Activated Mass Customization of apparel. OnPoint has developed technically advanced manufacturing and distribution solutions for the apparel industry that automates and integrates almost every aspect of the manufacturing process from order entry all the way to delivery directly to the customer. By combining their new groundbreaking apparel manufacturing technology with years of quality workmanship, OnPoint is taking the promise of apparel on demand to a new level. OnPoint Manufacturing employs 25 people and is the future of the apparel industry.

AAMA Suppliers of the Year 2018 Announced

Also announced were the Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association Supplier of the Year winners in the large and small categories, and the Service Provider of the Year. The awards are the AAMA’s recognition for automotive industry supply chain partners who demonstrate distinguished performance in quality, affordability, and reliability.

Supplier of the Year - Large Manufacturer (200+ employees) WKW Erbsloeh North America Inc., Pell City

WKW Erbsloeh North America, LLC (WENA) manufactures aluminum trim and functional components as well as roof railing systems in St. Clair County. It is also the North American headquarters for WKW Automotive from Germany. WENA started in 2008. Over the years they have had the great technology & innovation. With much tenacity, change, teamwork, leadership, and understanding the GermanAmerican cultural differences, it is enabling WENA to create an impressive footprint in the automotive supply industry with its customers like Mercedes, BMW, GM, and Volkswagen. WENA has over 450 employees (associates). They support workforce development through apprenticeship programs with Jefferson State Community College & tuition reimbursement for the associates. WENA supports the community and makes significant economic impact to Pell City and St Clair County. WENA’s goal is to be “the preferred employer in Pell City”.

Supplier of the Year - Small Manufacturer (1 to 99 employees) Shoals Extrusion, Florence

Shoals Extrusion, LLC was founded by Wade Gilchrist and Jim Cunningham and started in 2016 with its two extrusion presses (one 6″ 1400T press and one 6″ 1250T press) in 75,000 sq. ft. They are meeting the needs of the niche market of aluminum extruder for small profiles. With 46 employees, they focus on safety, quality, leadership, and process improvements. Shoals emphases environmental & sustainability initiatives, community involvement, and people development (via its Leadership Academy). It is Shoals Extrusion’s focus to provide high quality aluminum extrusions on time and at a competitive price, produced in a safe team based manufacturing atmosphere.

Service Provider of the Year Hodges Warehouse & logistics, Montgomery

A privately-owned family real estate company and a Third-Party Logistics (3PL) specialists, Hodges Warehouse & Logistics assist individuals, corporate and government clients make and implement strategic logistics and warehousing decisions. This family has had to adapt to the current They are strategically located in Montgomery, Dothan and Prattville, Alabama.


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