Greenheck Named Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year.... Again
Greenheck, the world’s leading manufacturer of air movement and control equipment with corporate headquarters and several manufacturing facilities in Schofield, Wisconsin, was selected as the 2012 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year in Milwaukee on Thursday, February 28th by an independent panel of judges representing industry, education, and the public sector. This is the second time Greenheck has received the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award in the Mega Category where the state’s largest corporations compete. The first time the company won this prestigious honor was in 2004; Greenheck also won a Special Recognition Award for Sustained Excellence in the 2001 competition for Manufacturer of the Year.
“Being selected manufacturer of the year from among so many outstanding Wisconsin manufacturers makes a strong statement about the teamwork, creativity, and dedication of our employees,” said Jim McIntyre, president and CEO of The Greenheck Group. “And we are very fortunate to have owners who have maintained a future view by making substantial risk investments in new products, opening new U.S. and world markets, and paying for new plants and machines. Each of our employees has breathed life into these investments resulting in improved operating efficiencies, superior customer service, excellent product quality, and ongoing innovation.”
Greenheck’s broad line of ventilation equipment is available around the world and includes fans and ventilators, centrifugal and vane axial units, make-up air units, energy recovery ventilators, dampers, louvers, kitchen ventilation systems, and laboratory exhaust systems. The company employs 2,500 individuals worldwide (1,800 located in Wisconsin), with annual sales exceeding $550 million, and maintains more than 1.8 million square feet of manufacturing space at its facilities in Schofield, WI; Frankfort, KY; Sacramento, CA; Kings Mountain, NC; Saltillo, Mexico; and Kunshan, China; and operates distribution centers in Greensboro, NC; Miami, FL; Dallas, TX; and Sacramento, CA.
According to McIntyre, Greenheck’s growth in recent years--and during some of the most challenging economic conditions ever faced in the company’s 65-year history--has been fueled by increasing market share for all its product lines, by expanding sales channels through several subsidiary operations, and by growing international sales.
Pat Cotter, president of global sales, attributes much of the company’s success to its distribution network that includes 130 manufacturer’s representatives in the U.S. and Canada and 71 more around the world. “Our manufacturer’s reps are the best in the world and have been the driving force behind much of our sales growth in both good times and bad,” Cotter said. “Being named the best manufacturer in our home state is a tribute to all of their extraordinary efforts to help us gain a larger share of a much smaller building construction market. And those same reps would be the first to say that much of their success is due to the incredible customer service our employees have been able to provide during this extremely competitive period.”
Cotter also acknowledged the local Schofield and greater Wausau area community for its role in helping Greenheck continue to succeed. “We are blessed to be based in a very attractive place that helps us recruit and retain extremely capable employees,” he stated, “and that provides us with vendors who share our standards of excellence by providing the high quality components and services we need to compete internationally.”
Greenheck spends over $100 million each year purchasing goods and services from central Wisconsin businesses.
About MOTY Award
The Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year (MOTY) Award program, in its 25th year, is an annual recognition celebrating the success of manufacturers throughout the state. Companies are evaluated in areas such as financial growth or consistency, technological advances, product development, environmental solutions and sustainability, operational excellence/continuous improvement, commitment to employees, community support and involvement, and effective research and development.
Greenheck is part of the Greenheck Group that also includes: Airolite, Accurex, Unison Comfort Technologies, Innovent, Valent, and Precision Coils. Each of the companies supply products used in the construction or renovation of commercial and institutional buildings. The company began operations in 1947 as a tiny sheet metal shop established by Bernie and Bob Greenheck.
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