AMES, Iowa ― The 2012 Excellence in Innovation Award was presented to Hagie Manufacturing of Clarion, Iowa, by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) on May 8, in Orlando, Fla.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) nominated the company for the award, which recognizes manufacturers whose outstanding innovation development and implementation has contributed significantly to business excellence.
Upon receiving the award at the national MEP conference this week, Alan Hagie, president of Hagie Manufacturing, said, “We appreciate CIRAS and the MEP for recognizing the work that we have done to transform our company and use innovation to be the company we are today.”
“This award hasn’t happened overnight. Our eight-year relationship with CIRAS has helped us see how great we can be and pushed us to improve. The outside eyes and education from CIRAS has forced us to ask and answer the tough questions, leading us to be a better company,” Hagie added.
Hagie Manufacturing is one of three companies in the country to receive this award.
PHOTO, jpg, 1 MB (left to right): Eric Esoda, Chair of NIST MEP Award Committee; Ruth Wilcox, CIRAS; Steve Devlin, CIRAS MEP Program Director; Alan Hagie, President, Hagie Manufacturing; Lisa Hagie; Mike O’Donnell, CIRAS; Derek Thompson, CIRAS; and Roger Kilmer, NIST MEP Director