eVolution of Manufacturing is designed to recognize and showcase manufacturers and technology companies that have adapted to a global economy through improved operations or new technologies, products or services.
Nominations were solicited from August through November 2007. A panel of experts was asked to review and judge dozens of nomination forms and rank each nominee’s application based on the company’s ability to demonstrate successful adaption through case studies, action steps and results.
The judges met in December to discuss the nominees before submitting their final choices. Votes were then tallied, and the companies that received the highest cumulative scores were deemed winners. Through this process, eight winners and two honorable mentions were named.
The 2008 eVolution judges who donated their valuable time and expertise were:
Abe and Barb Miller, owners, Graffiti Inc. [a 2007 eVolution winner]
Jack Schron, president and CEO, Jergens Inc.; founder, Tooling U. [2002 eVolution winner]
Ken Brower, plant manager, Shearer’s Foods Inc. [2006 eVolution winner]
Michael S. Pezo, director, manufacturing competitiveness, MAGNET
Dustin S. Klein, executive editor,Smart Business Network Inc.