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09/20/2018
Marmon Wins Manufacturer of the Year Award from mHUB and DMDII

CHICAGO (September 20, 2018) – mHUB and Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), have named Marmon Holdings, Inc. as Manufacturer of the Year. The two organizations also named Microsoft as Corporate Champion and Brad Keywell as Fourth Revolution Champion of the second annual Fourth Revolution Awards. The awards will be presented at a ceremony October 10 at the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago to recognize the leadership, innovation, and achievements of the Midwest’s manufacturing community.

The Manufacturer of the Year award recognizes an individual or manufacturing company that has demonstrated excellence in business practices, innovative processes, and productivity enhancements, and has made a significant financial investment to manufacturing capacity in the Midwest.

Marmon Holdings, Inc., with more than 100 autonomous manufacturing and service businesses across 13 diverse business sectors, is dedicated to developing creative, customer-focused products and services. During the 13-year tenure of outgoing Chairman and CEO Frank Ptak, Marmon has achieved significant growth through both internal investment and acquisitions. Additionally, Chicago-based Marmon is a strong supporter of the entrepreneurial community through its founding partnership with mHUB.

“We are honored to receive this award along with our retiring leader Frank Ptak,” said Marmon President Angelo Pantaleo. “Marmon companies manufacture a wide range of products, from railroad tank cars and platform trailers, to commercial beverage dispensers and residential water softeners, to industrial flashlights and metal screws. One thing they all share is a commitment to continual innovation in technologies, materials, processes, and products in order to deliver meaningful solutions to our customers.”

The Corporate Champion award recognizes a corporation or business that has made an impact on manufacturing through community-focused efforts, and significant financial investment throughout the region. As a founding member of DMDII, and a driving force behind industrial technologies that enable predictive maintenance, remote monitoring, and factory optimization, Microsoft is enabling smart manufacturing in the Chicago region and beyond.

The new category of Fourth Revolution Champion recognizes an individual who is leading industry into a new era where digital and physical systems converge and lead to advances in productivity, efficiency, and safety in manufacturing. Brad Keywell, co-founder and CEO of Uptake, is the inaugural recipient of this award, recognizing his work at the company to help industrial companies digitally transform with open, purpose-built software that delivers outcomes that matter.

Award winners in five additional categories are being reviewed by the Fourth Revolution Awards judging committee and will be acknowledged on October 10 at the award ceremony. These include: Community Empowerment, Product Design of the Year, Innovation of the Year, Rising Star of the Year, and Small and Mid-Sized Manufacturer of the Year.

About mHUB
mHUB is Chicago’s innovation center for physical product development and manufacturing. mHUB is a co-working community of product designers and developers, entrepreneurs, engineers, and manufacturers, a network of manufacturing mentors, industry experts and investors, and a source of intellectual and economic capital. mHUB is home to 10 shops and labs, including electronics, plastic fabrication, metals and rapid prototyping as well as a microfactory for small production runs.

About DMDII
The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute is where innovative manufacturers go to forge their futures. In partnership with UI LABS and the Department of Defense, DMDII equips U.S. factories with the digital tools and expertise they need to begin building every part better than the last. As a result, its more than 300 partners increase their productivity and win more business.

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