Past Winners

  • By Year
  • By Award

2020

Product
of the Year

Recognizes a product design that is unique, improves user experience, and has an impact on productivity and the greater good.

  • The Ability Hand
    by PSYONIC

Small and Medium-
Sized Manufacturer
of the Year

Recognizes a corporation or business that has made an impact on manufacturing through community focused efforts and significant financial investment throughout the region.

  • Laystrom Manufacturing

Rising Star
Award

Recognizes a pre-series B round startup company, before its seventh year in operation, for its innovation, creativity, and position as the next great company to emerge in the region.

  • Mesh++

Community Empowerment
Award

Recognizes a program or an initiative that promotes diversity and inclusion in manufacturing.

  • CREDMADE
    by Chicago Cred

Innovation
of the Year

Recognizes a technology or process that can advance multiple technologies and significantly improve the manufacturing ecosystem.

  • MP-A17 Qi Design Specification
    by NuCurrent

2019

Rising Star
Award

Recognizes a pre-series B round startup company, before its seventh year in operation, for its innovation, creativity, and position as the next great company to emerge in the region.

  • Jiobit

Innovation
of the Year

Recognizes a technology or process that can advance multiple technologies and significantly improve the manufacturing ecosystem.

  • Cryogenic Processing for Manufacturing from 300 Below

Product
of the Year

Recognizes a product design that is unique, improves user experience, and has an impact on productivity and the greater good.

  • neoGuard
    by Neopenda

Small and Medium-
Sized Manufacturer
of the Year

Recognizes a corporation or business that has made an impact on manufacturing through community focused efforts and significant financial investment throughout the region.

  • Matrix 4

Community Empowerment
Award

Recognizes a program or an initiative that promotes diversity and inclusion in manufacturing.

  • Manufacturing Renaissance

Manufacturer
of the Year

Recognizes an individual or manufacturing company that has demonstrated its excellence in business practices, innovative processes, and productivity enhancements and has made a significant financial investment to manufacturing capacity in the region.

  • Siemens

Fourth Revolution Champion

Recognizes an individual who is leading industry into a new era where digital and physical systems converge and lead to advances in productivity, efficiency, and safety in manufacturing.

  • Rahm Emanuel

Corporate Champion

Recognizes a corporation or business that has made an impact on manufacturing through community focused efforts and significant financial investment throughout the region.

  • Accenture
  • Boston Consulting Group
  • McKinsey & Company

2018

Rising Star
Award

Recognizes a pre-series B round startup company, before its seventh year in operation, for its innovation, creativity, and position as the next great company to emerge in the region.

  • Luna Lights

Innovation
of the Year

Recognizes a technology or process that can advance multiple technologies and significantly improve the manufacturing ecosystem.

  • Light Guide Systems
    by Ops Solutions

Product
of the Year

Recognizes a product design that is unique, improves user experience, and has an impact on productivity and the greater good.

  • Osteon Defender
    by Cast21

Small and Medium-
Sized Manufacturer
of the Year

Recognizes a corporation or business that has made an impact on manufacturing through community focused efforts and significant financial investment throughout the region.

  • Wiegel Tool Works

Community Empowerment
Award

Recognizes a program or an initiative that promotes diversity and inclusion in manufacturing.

  • Safer Foundation

Manufacturer
of the Year

Recognizes an individual or manufacturing company that has demonstrated its excellence in business practices, innovative processes, and productivity enhancements and has made a significant financial investment to manufacturing capacity in the region.

  • Marmon Holdings, Inc.

Fourth Revolution Champion

Recognizes an individual who is leading industry into a new era where digital and physical systems converge and lead to advances in productivity, efficiency, and safety in manufacturing.

  • Brad Keywell, Uptake

Corporate Champion

Recognizes a corporation or business that has made an impact on manufacturing through community focused efforts and significant financial investment throughout the region.

  • Microsoft

2017

Community Empowerment
Award

Recognizes a program or an initiative that promotes diversity and inclusion in manufacturing.

  • ICATT Apprenticeship Program

Innovation
of the Year

Recognizes a technology or process that can advance multiple technologies and significantly improve the manufacturing ecosystem.

  • Impossible Objects

Product
of the Year

Recognizes a product design that is unique, improves user experience, and has an impact on productivity and the greater good.

  • AE Machines

Startup
of the Year

Recognizes an individual startup company for its innovation, creativity and significant accomplishments in the region.

  • Intelligent Flying Machines, Inc.

Product of the Year

Recognizes a product design that is unique, improves user experience, and has an impact on productivity and the greater good.

2020

  • The Ability Hand
    by PSYONIC

2019

  • neoGuard
    by Neopenda

2018

  • Osteon Defender
    by Cast21

2017

  • AE Machines

Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturer of the Year

Recognizes a corporation or business that has made an impact on manufacturing through community focused efforts and significant financial investment throughout the region.

2020

  • Laystrom Manufacturing

2019

  • Matrix 4

2018

  • Wiegel Tool Works

Rising Star Award

Recognizes a pre-series B round startup company, before its seventh year in operation, for its innovation, creativity, and position as the next great company to emerge in the region.

2020

  • Mesh++

2019

  • Jiobit

2018

  • Luna Lights

Community Empowerment Award

Recognizes a program or an initiative that promotes diversity and inclusion in manufacturing.

2020

  • CREDMADE
    by Chicago Cred

2019

  • Manufacturing Renaissance

2018

  • Safer Foundation

2017

  • ICATT Apprenticeship Program

Innovation of the Year

Recognizes a technology or process that can advance multiple technologies and significantly improve the manufacturing ecosystem.

2020

  • MP-A17 Qi Design Specification
    by NuCurrent

2019

  • Cryogenic Processing for Manufacturing from 300 Below

2018

  • Light Guide Systems
    by Ops Solutions

2017

  • Impossible Objects

Manufacturer of the Year

Recognizes an individual or manufacturing company that has demonstrated its excellence in business practices, innovative processes, and productivity enhancements and has made a significant financial investment to manufacturing capacity in the region.

2019

  • Siemens

2018

  • Marmon Holdings, Inc.

Fourth Revolution Champion

Recognizes an individual who is leading industry into a new era where digital and physical systems converge and lead to advances in productivity, efficiency, and safety in manufacturing.

2019

  • Rahm Emanuel

2018

  • Brad Keywell, Uptake

Corporate Champion

Recognizes a corporation or business that has made an impact on manufacturing through community focused efforts and significant financial investment throughout the region.

2019

  • Accenture
  • Boston Consulting Group
  • McKinsey & Company

2018

  • Microsoft

Startup of the Year

Recognizes an individual startup company for its innovation, creativity and significant accomplishments in the region.

2017

  • Intelligent Flying Machines, Inc.