Annual award winners
Manufacturer of the Year
Central Minnesota Manufacturers Association (CMMA) recognizes, encourages, supports and celebrates excellence. To that end we recognize two outstanding members for their significant and long-standing support of, investments in, and contributions to CMMA in 2022.
These awards were created to celebrate the strong work, extra effort, and valuable outcomes achieved by our members. These awards set the bar high for our group and for these reasons we proclaim:
- Manufacturer of the Year 2022: DCI, Inc.
- Collaborator of the Year 2022: Della Ludwig of DEED
The Manufacturer of the Year award is presented to a member company to celebrate not only the company’s commitment to CMMA, but the betterment of manufacturing overall.
DCI, Inc., led by CEO/President Jeff Keller, provides stainless steel storage and processing vessels, agitators, and integrated systems for the food, diary, beverage, pharmaceutical, and related industries. DCI, Inc. of St. Cloud is a seven-year member of CMMA. This outstanding company has added value to CMMA and the manufacturing community in several ways:
- Actively attends and participates in CMMA meetings and events
- Hosted in-person tours during Central MN Tour of Manufacturing in 2016, 2017, 2020, and 2021.
- Significant investors in and supporters of local FIRST Robotics and VEX Robotics programs, Cloud Technical & Community College (SCTCC) welding program and scholarships, St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce, and EPIC.
The Collaborator of the Year award is presented annually to non-manufacturer members that put forth extra effort to assist in CMMA’s goals. Della Ludwig has headed the Central Minnesota Tour of Manufacturing in 2021 and 2022, she is also on the CMMA Board of Directors, Program Committee, and previously on the Membership Committee.
Previous winners of Manufacturer of the Year and Collaborator of the Year
2009 Starrett Tru-Stone Technologies
2010 Pellco Machine, Inc.
2011 Industrial Molded Rubber Products
2012 Arctic Cat
2013 Thermo-Tech Windows
2014 New Flyer of America
2015 Custom Caseworks
2016 Park Industries
2017 Louis Industries
St. Cloud State University
2018 Central McGowan
Central MN Jobs & Training Services
2019 Rotochopper, Inc.
Patrick Walsh/BBE Schools
2020 Darter Plastics
Aaron Barker/VEX Robotics SCTCC
David Miller from Kensington Bank
2022 DCI, Inc.
Della Ludwig of DEED