The big reveal

NEWMA announces winners of its manufacturing/K-12 partnership awards

Jessica Thiel
Posted by of Insight Publications

In a year that netted the NEW Manufacturing Alliance a record number of nominees, the organization has announced the winners of its fifth annual Excellence in Manufacturing/K-12 Partnerships Awards.

The awards recognize outstanding manufacturing and education collaborations throughout Northeast Wisconsin as well as showcasing top talent from local manufacturing companies. Held in concert with Manufacturing First Expo & Conference, the awards will be presented Wednesday, Oct. 25 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay.

“The awards dinner is a celebration of the strong partnerships that have been formed between manufacturers and education,” Mark Kaiser, president and CEO of Lindquist Machine Corp. and chair of the NEW Manufacturing Alliance said in a press release.

Winners include:

Manufacturing Awards

  • Educational Partnership – Robinson Metal
  • Leadership – Kohler Co.
  • Manufacturing Innovation –  Marine Travelift
  • Visionary – Dan Ariens, Ariens Co.
  • Youth Apprenticeship – KI

Education Awards

  • Brighter Image – Ashwaubenon High School
  • Career Pathmaker Administrator – Oran Nehls, Denmark High School
  • Career Pathmaker Educator – Lisa Johnson, Green Bay Area Public Schools
  • Career Pathmaker Tech Ed Teacher – Andy Belongia, Green Bay West High School
  • Career Pathmaker Tech Ed Teacher – Jeremie Meyer, Ashwaubenon High School
  • Education Innovation – Brillion Elementary School
  • Manufacturing Partnership – Oshkosh North High School
  • Higher Education Award – Jake Thonne, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College”
  • Community Partnership Award – INSPIRE Sheboygan County

The cocktail reception begins at 4:30 p.m. and includes a silent auction to raise money for college scholarships for graduating high school students. The dinner and awards program begin at 6:15 p.m.  Tickets cost $60 and can be purchased through Oct. 18 at

At the event, the Alliance also will announce the 2017 All Star Award winners. This award recognizes top talent at Alliance member companies, including CMD Corp., Fox Valley Wood Products, Georgia-Pacific, Great Northern Corp., Heartland Label Printers, Johnsonville Sausage, KI, Nature’s Way, Nicolet Plastics and Rockline Industries.

NEWMA plans a flurry of activities to mark Manufacturing Month. The organization will sponsor plant tours for students and educators throughout the region and co-sponsor Manufacturing First Oct.  25 and 26.

The Alliance will hold the “Get Real Math Premiere” at the Meyer Theatre on Oct. 3 and debut the newest installment of its “Get Real Math!” videos that showcase how math is used in the real world. Scheduled for 5:30 to 8 p.m., educators are the stars of the event and will walk down a red carpet.

The event includes several drawings for schools to win $500 for their math or technology education departments. There is no cost to attend the premiere, but registration is recommended. Click here to register.

Stay tuned for our September issue of Insight on Manufacturing, which includes full coverage of October’s Manufacturing First and a preview of NEWMA’s Excellence in Manufacturing/K-12 Partnerships Awards.