Vitamix® Wins Manny Award for Excellence in Manufacturing
CLEVELAND — Vitamix, a world leader in high performance blending equipment for home and commercial use, has been named a Manny Award winner by Inside Business magazine.
The Manny Awards honor Northeast Ohio companies for their innovation and best practices in a variety of industries. A panel of judges including Inside Business magazine editors and area business leaders selected the nine 2014 award winners from a group of prestigious manufacturing leaders located in the Greater Cleveland area.
“Vitamix has grown quickly over a short period of time as our high-performance blending equipment expands in popularity worldwide. In response, we have implemented a lean manufacturing system that enables us to consistently deliver the top-quality products that our customers have come to expect from Vitamix,” said Joe Pullella, Vitamix vice president of operations. “We’re creating a culture where every employee strives to improve every process every day, and we’re honored to be recognized as an industry leader with a Manny Award.”
Since its inception 16 years ago, the Manny Awards program has recognized more than 100 manufacturers from around Northeast Ohio that have excelled in such areas as product development, green initiatives and workplace environment. Past winners of the Manny Award come in all shapes and sizes, but all hold one thing in common ―they are the innovators who reflect the manufacturing strength and future of Northeast Ohio.
Award winners were honored at a banquet held at Corporate College East in Warrensville Heights, Ohio, on May 13, 2014.
Vita-Mix® Corporation (“Vitamix”) is a privately held family-owned and -operated company founded in 1921 that manufactures high-performance blending equipment for home and commercial use. The company’s commercial customer list reads like a “Who’s Who” of major restaurant chains, and gourmet chefs say their Vitamix machines are as important to them as their knives. A recognized leader in marketing and product innovation, Vitamix founder William G. “Papa” Barnard created one of the first infomercials in 1949 to demonstrate how the Vitamix blender could help people improve their health with whole foods, and the company developed the first true commercial blender in the early 1990s, which ignited the smoothie movement. Vitamix, whose products are known worldwide for their performance, durability, and reliability, continues to win awards for product innovation and is a recipient of the president’s prestigious “E” Award for Exports. Headquartered in Olmsted Township, Ohio, 19 miles from Cleveland, Vitamix products are manufactured in Northeast Ohio and sold in approximately 100 countries. For more information, please visit www.vitamix.com.