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Northeast Wisconsin sweeps state manufacturer awards

Mercury Marine president John Pfeifer receives the 2019 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year award in the Mega size category (Photo provided by Mercury Marine)
Mercury Marine president John Pfeifer receives the 2019 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year award in the Mega size category (Photo provided by Mercury Marine)(WBAY)
Published: Feb. 21, 2019 at 10:17 PM CST
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We're told it's the Oscars of the manufacturing sector. On Thursday night, the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year awards ceremony was held in Milwaukee, and the winner is... Northeast Wisconsin.

In the 31st year the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce has presented the awards, local companies swept the four size categories:

Small

:

J&R Machine, Shawano

produces custom, complex machined parts. Its website boasts customers in such diverse fields as defense, medical technology, oil and gas, and auto racing.

Medium

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Winsert, Marinette

to replace materials that have expensive cobalt and nickel content with its own proprietary -- and patented -- alloys that are resistant to high temperatures, wear and corrosion. They can be used in internal combustion engines, power generation, industrial valves and food processing.

Large

:

Robinson Metal, De Pere

, the metal fabrication supplier has six divisions, including pipe and vessel, custom enclosures, and heating and cooling. The company employs about 400 people in De Pere and Manitowoc.

Mega

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Mercury Marine, Fond du Lac

, the Fond du Lac company makes outboard engines

and other marine propulsion systems, parts and accessories. Mercury Marine president John Pfeifer wrote in a statement after winning:

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