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Michigan Names Avalon Manufacturer of the Year


The Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) presented Jim Wolf, president and CEO of Avalon and Tahoe Manufacturing Inc. with the 2019 John G. Thodis Large Tier Michigan Manufacturer of the Year award. This was presented at MMA’s annual MFG Excellence Awards in November in Lansing, Mich.

In October, Avalon was able to start expanding its operation by 23,000 square feet, bringing 35 more jobs to Alma, Mich. This will increase the facility’s total space to 260,000 square feet. In the past month, State Senator Rick Outman also toured the facility to discuss workforce issues and the Michigan budget.

“Receiving this award made me smile and, if I had to put a word to it, I’d say it gives me a sense of pride,” Jim Wolf said. “We use the best materials, we make all the components in-house and we’re Michigan made, but I think it’s the team here that pushes us up a level. They understand my expectations, they understand our vision and we are all on the same page when it comes to how we get from point A to point B. They have a stake in the game and when you have a team like that that you can count on and they share your drive, it makes everything else run better. To get this award, it seals the deal for me that we are great. We’ll be better tomorrow, but right now we are great. I wouldn’t want to change a thing.”