Seattle Business Magazine Unveils 2015 Washington Manufacturing Awards

Seattle Business magazine honored 18 pioneering companies at its annual Washington Manufacturing Awards gala last night at the Museum of Flight. The event attracted 300 leaders from across the state. The diversity of this year’s finalists—which included companies that make everything from water jet machining equipment to medical devices—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, signature sponsors Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. and Berntson Porter & Company, and Program Partner Impact Washington.


Manufacturer of the Year

Large Firms

Winner: Romac Industries, Bothell

Silver Award: Rainier Industries, Tukwila

Midsize Firms

Winner: Omax Corporation, Kent

Silver Award: Lucks Food Decorating Co., Tacoma

Small Firms

Winner: Torklift International, Sumner             

Silver Award: WaterTectonics, Everett

Manufacturing Executive of the Year

Large Firms

Winner: Tuanhai Hoang, President, Qualitel Corporation, Everett

Small Firms

Winner: Lisa Chissus, owner and president, CFM Consolidated, Fife

Emerging Manufacturer of the Year

Winner: Fathom, Seattle          

Silver Award: Blue Frog Solar, Poulsbo      

Manufacturing Innovator of the Year

Large Firms

Winner: Aseptico, Woodinville

Small Firms

Winner: Breedt Production Tooling & Design, Kent


Food/Beverage Processor of the Year

Large Firms

Winner: Tree Top, Selah         

Midsize Firms

Winner: Talking Rain Beverage Co., Preston              

Small Firms

Winner: Seattle Chocolates, Seattle

Building Trades

Winner: Henrybuilt, Seattle     

Manufacturing Services

Winner: Morley Machine Tool Alignment, Milton

Heritage Award

Winner: Physio-Control, Redmond

2015 Washington Manufacturing Awards judges:

David McGiverin, president, Northwest Food Processors Association

Thomas McLaughlin, executive director, Center for Advanced Manufacturing Puget Sound (CAMPS)

Barbara Mead, partner, Moss Adams

Ron Rauch, shareholder, Clark Nuber

John Vicklund, former president, Impact Washington

Bill Virgin, editor and publisher, Washington Manufacturing Alert

Gary White, director of business retention and expansion, Tri-City Development Council (TRIDEC)

Find complete coverage of the 2015 Washington Manufacturing Awards in the May issue of Seattle Business magazine and at

ABOUT SEATTLE BUSINESS: Seattle Business is a monthly magazine read by more than 100,000 business executives across the state. Annual events tied to its editorial coverage include the Executive Excellence Awards, Leaders in Health Care Awards, Washington Manufacturing Awards, 100 Best Companies to Work For Awards, Community Impact Awards, Tech Impact Awards and Family Business Awards. Seattle Business is owned by Minneapolis-based Tiger Oak Media, which also publishes Seattle magazine, Seattle Bride magazine and more than 20 other leading regional magazines.