2015 Award of Excellence Recipients


Kingsford Broach & Tool, Inc.


Kingsford Broach & Tool is a 3rd generation family owned and operated manufacturing company.  The company has been located in Kingsford, MI since 1968 and currently employees 43 people. Service industry worldwide, Kingsford Broach & Tool, Inc. combines cutting-edge technology with true craftsmanship to produce the finest cutting tools available.



Northern Wing Repair

What began in a pole barn in Engadine, MI with two employees is now an aerospace facility located in a 16,000 square foot purpose-built building in Newberry, MI. Northern Wings Repair is an experienced precision machining and fabrication shop.  They have seasoned capabilities in welding, machining, and non-destructive testing.  All welding is in accordance with print specified AWS requirements, non-destructive testing is nationally certified under ASNT standards and their machinists are some of the best in the business.



Pictured Rocks Cruises


Pictured Rocks Cruises, LLC is an authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service Department of the Interior. For over 50 years, our summer cruises have been guiding visitors to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, a top Lake Superior vacation spot. Our boat cruises are 2 1/2 to 3 hours and will travel into and alongside the most visually stunning 40 miles of shoreline on the Great Lakes! We offer 3 distinct Michigan cruises:  the Regular Cruise, the Spray Falls Cruise, and the Sunset Cruise. Each cruise departs from the Munising, Michigan City Dock. The crew will assist in ticketing, safety instructions, and other needs. Our day cruises are narrated by the captain and will inform you of a brief history of the tour boat, local area facts, and Michigan points of interest on this national park tour. If you are looking for unique vacation ideas, choose Pictured Rocks Cruises’ scenic boat tours as your Michigan travel destination.



RTI Surgical

RTI Surgical is a leading global surgical implant company providing surgeons with safe biologic, metal and synthetic implants. Committed to delivering a higher standard, RTI’s implants are used in sports medicine, general surgery, spine, orthopedic, trauma and cardiothoracic procedures and are distributed in nearly 50 countries. RTI is headquartered in Alachua, Fla., and has four manufacturing facilities throughout the U.S. and Europe.  RTI is accredited in the U.S. by the American Association of Tissue Banks and is a member of AdvaMed.