2022 Award of Excellence Winners

Able Medical Devices

Able Medical Devices is a leader in contract manufacturing and development. Able partners with companies seeking first-class, outsourced services from design and development to comprehensive finished goods manufacturing. The company’s extensive expertise includes working with surgeons and OEMs in the spine, trauma, and cardiothoracic markets. Able specializes in developing full surgical systems as well as custom instrumentation. 

Northwoods Manufacturing, Inc.

Northwoods Manufacturing is a family-owned business located in Kingsford in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. Owner and founder Jon Pipp began his career locally by earning an engineering degree at The Milwaukee School of Engineering. Always interested in owning his own business, he took his knowledge and experience, and founded Northwoods Manufacturing. The Corporation was founded in November 1994 and began operations in January 1995. With five employees and a 6000-sq. ft. building and little equipment, he began building the company and manufacturing small parts for his customers. Twenty-two years in the making now sees Northwoods with 200,000 square feet of manufacturing space and 75 employees. Jon’s son Brian is now the acting VP of Operations with 20 years of experience in the Fabricating business. They have evolved into a leader in the Aggregate and Mining business as well as Industrial Ovens, Conveyors, and Air Quality Equipment that their customers count on. Northwoods Manufacturing has always treated their customers the way they would like to be treated, with Integrity, honesty, and respect. Their goal is always to deliver a quality product on time in a professional manner.

Precision Plus MFG

Established in 2005, Precision Plus MFG is a full-turn key manufacturing company. Located in Escanaba, Michigan it serves the outdoor, cutlery, firearms, consumer goods, and aerospace industries. High tolerances and perfect finishes are what Precision Plus MFG specializes in. From design, manufacturing, finishing, assembly, packaging, and distribution, the entire scope of a project can be done at Precision Plus MFG, including warranty services. Whether you need CNC milling, swiss machining, surface grinding, centerless grinding, Waterjet cutting, or Wire EDM cutting, just to name a few of their capabilities, Precision Plus MFG is a leader in the industry. From the first time founder Travis Godfrey stepped foot into his high school machine tool program; he knew what he wanted to do. By the age of 20, he managed his first manufacturing company and, by 27, started his own in the garage of his home. Self-taught but with a knack for how and why things worked, he added equipment, skills, and employees to continue the growth of the business.


VAST is an Acrisure Partner Agency that specializes in insurance and risk management, whose roots trace back to 1885. As a tech-enabled broker, VAST is a leader in employer-paid and voluntary benefits and commercial insurance for businesses ranging from main street to the region’s largest employers. VAST’s personal insurance team utilizes its Total Asset Protection program to provide solutions well beyond the traditional home and auto offering. These solutions include life, disability, individual medical, Medicare, home, auto, and umbrella coverage. VAST employs over 60 associates today and is located in downtown Marquette where they service clients in all 50 states.