Boeing nabs top honors as Arizona Manufacturer of the Year

PHOENIX – The Arizona Manufacturers Council on Friday recognized achievements in Arizona manufacturing at the 2011 Arizona Manufacturer of the Year Summit at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Phoenix.

The event was attended by over 300 representatives of the state’s manufacturing community, and featured remarks from Gov. Jan Brewer, Congressmen Trent Franks, Paul Gosar and Ben Quayle and the newly elected speaker of the Arizona House, Andy Tobin.

Boeing, which manufacturers the Apache Attack Helicopter in Mesa, Ariz., was named Manufacturer of the Year.

“At Boeing the people producing aircraft are focused on what the customer is going to need next—what future capabilities and requirements are. We work to do what’s necessary to continuously improve, innovate and deliver products that satisfy customers’ expectations,” Tommy Filler said. Mr. Filler is Boeing’s deputy of attack helicopter programs.

Glenn Hamer, president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, congratulated all of the day’s award winners and nominees.

“Friday’s event made clear that Arizona has a prosperous and growing manufacturing sector,” Hamer said. “All of our state’s manufacturers, large and small, will play a leading role in guiding our state to brighter days.”

A complete list of 2011 Arizona Manufacturers Council award winners follows:

Manufacturer of the Year: The Boeing Co.

Outstanding Small to Medium Manufacturer: LAI International

Advocate of the Year: Jason Bagley, Intel Corp., government affairs manager for the southwest region

Excellence in Innovation Award: NEST Energy Services

Excellence in Sustainability Award: Generated Materials Recovery

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The mission of the AMC is to promote and enhance a positive business climate for manufacturing and related industries that operate within Arizona. The AMC is the state affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is committed to advancing Arizona’s competitive position in the global economy by advocating free-market policies that stimulate economic growth and prosperity for all Arizonans. http://www.azchamber.com/.