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Boone County Company Wins Manufacturer of the Year Award

The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) announced the winners of its 15th annual Manufacturer & Employee of the Year Awards at their Awards Luncheon on October 2 at the Seelbach Hilton in Louisville.

Hahn Automation won in the Small Business Category; Holley Performance Products won in the Mid-Size Business Category; and GE Appliances won in the Large Business Category. Each was selected based on the following criteria: Innovative and entrepreneurial leadership with regard to products, production method, or services;

Recognized leadership in making a key contribution to the quality of life in the Commonwealth and the community; and
Active involvement in organizations that advance industry and manufacturing.
Danette Wilder, SealingLife, Inc., was selected as the 2015 Employee of the Year. Nominees were judged on four criteria: Innovation, Teamwork, Community Service and Leadership.

The independent 2015 Awards Selection Committee consisted of:

  • Rich Cleary (Committee Chair), Member - Frost Brown Todd LLC, Louisville
  • Dr. Larry Ferguson, Vice Chancellor for Economic Development and Workforce Solutions - Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Versailles
  • Steve Kerrick, Partner - Mountjoy Chilton Medley, LLP, Louisville
  • Ray Leathers, President & CEO - Roll Forming Corporation, Shelbyville
  • Becky Naugle, State Director - Kentucky Small Business Development Center, Lexington
  • Gary Stewart, Retired CPA, Louisville
  • Tim Whitaker, Environmental Compliance Manager - Ashland, Inc., Calvert City
  • Wade Williams, VP Manufacturing, Business Retention & Expansion - Northern Kentucky Tri-ED, Covington.

"These awards pay tribute to those from our manufacturing community who provide leadership, demonstrate high standards, and promote manufacturing here in the Commonwealth, and this year's winners personify the best of the best," stated KAM President & CEO Greg Higdon. "We had a record number of really top-notch nominees this year, making our selection committee's job even more difficult than usual. We thank the committee for their diligent work and congratulate all of our nominees, and our 2015 winners."

The wnnner of the award for Manufacturer of the Year - Smaill Business Category was Hahn Automation, located in Boone County.

Hahn Automation stands out as a leader in custom automation equipment, serving the automotive, household and pharmaceutical industries from its North American headquarters in Boone County, Kentucky. With values such as responsibility, reliability and a focus on being future-oriented, Hahn Automation creates the “know-how of tomorrow” for internationally operating businesses.

Founded in 1990 by two German engineers, Hahn has grown into an internationally recognized company. More recently, Hahn has invested $3 million in expansion of their manufacturing center in Boone County, doubling their engineering and production capacity, as well as creating 20 new full-time jobs.

Hahn’s leadership in Northern Kentucky is actively involved in the European American Chamber of Commerce Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky International Trade Association. In 2015, John Baines, Hahn’s current North American president, was nominated by Governor Beshear to serve on the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board as the information technology representative.

Recognizing the need to attract a new generation of workers to its manufacturing facilities, Hahn Automation is a founding member of the Northern Kentucky Chapter of the Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KY FAME), with a focus on attracting a new workforce to the manufacturing industry.

Hahn Automation’s continued leadership in innovation, commitment to their community, and responsibility for corporate advocacy makes them the perfect selection for the 2015 Manufacturer of the Year Award in the small business category. 

Staff report/Photo: Hahn Automation accepts their award (provided)