Branches LLC, the parent company of Bending Branches, has won the 2019 Manufacturer of the Year in the small company category from the Minnesota Manufacturers Alliance!

Branches LLC wins 2019 Manufacturer of the Year

We’re honored and excited to receive this award from the Manufacturers Alliance. The Alliance website states:

“The Manufacturers Alliance annual Manufacturer of the Year Award ceremony brings local manufacturers together to celebrate and recognize manufacturers that share improvement experiences with fellow manufacturers in a cooperative fashion.

“Each year, an Award will be presented in one of three categories: Companies with fewer than 100 employees; companies with 100–400 employees; and companies with 401+ employees."

Branches LLC wins 2019 Manufacturer of the Year

Nominees for the award are chosen based on participation and shared experiences like:

  • Educational seminars and non-mandatory employee training
  • Plant tours for both peers and the public
  • Publishing on best practices topics
  • Leadership and teaching among manufacturing organizations
  • Sponsoring peer mentoring programs
  • Peer recommendations from outside the company recognizing a company’s impact in any of these areas

Branches LLC Operations Manager, Jason Eccles, says: 

"Branches has a philosophy to do its part in changing the outside world’s perception of the manufacturing industry. We set a high bar in regards to culture and the development of our employees, both personally and professionally."  

Branches LLC President, Ed Vater, says:

“There is something very special about the Branches team. We relentlessly lean forward and improve process and product, while embracing a respect for people and teamwork. Bottom line, we laugh often and give our competitors headaches.

“The Manufacturers Alliance has played an invaluable role in our growth and we are honored to receive this award from our peers.”

A contingent from our company will attend the awards dinner on April 24th in the Twin Cities. The award will include an engraved trophy from the Manufacturers Alliance and a Certificate of Recognition from the Governor of Minnesota.

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Of course, we owe a huge thank you to you—our customers! Thank you for your continuous strong support and loyalty. We take great pride in what we do here, and the continuous support is our fuel to strive for success day-in and day-out.

Check out our video: “The Bending Branches Difference”

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