Thermoformer Duo-Form Plastics of Edwardsburg, Mich., has been named a Michigan Manufacturer of the Year for 2022 by the Michigan Manufacturers Association.
The company won a Manufacturing Excellence Award in the Large Tier category.
"We would not have won this award without the help of our entire Duo team, from production floor to mid‐level and senior management," said Shelly Ditmer, Duo-Form's president.
"We have reinvented the way we think about employee culture and engagement. Our focus on the Duo culture has resulted in increased productivity and effectiveness through the creation of a Culture Task Force and a Duo Safety Team."
The awards honor "the most innovative, game-changing, groundbreaking, cutting edge products and leaders" in Michigan manufacturing.
Duo-Form specializes in heavy-gauge thermoforming for the recreational vehicle industry. During the pandemic, it also pivoted quickly to making face shields for first responders.
"When COVID hit, we would not have turned around a superior face shield in 48 hours without a strong teamwork mentality," Mike Gonser, vice president of operations, said. "Our staff has remained flexible and reactive from the beginning of COVID until now, as we continue to innovate, grow, and develop new products and product lines."
Duo-Form last year broke ground on a 41,700-square-foot addition to its Edwardsburg plant. Duo-Form, a division of Duo-Form Acquisition Corp., ranked No. 33 in Plastics News' most recent survey of North American thermoformers, with an estimated $46 million in annual sales.