It always strikes me as odd that many people know so little about manufacturing. We live in a world of stuff, and much of that stuff was manufactured. As convenient as it would be, the necessities of daily life (pens, computers, cars, etc.) do not grow on trees.

That’s one of the reasons I love that we present the MANNY Awards each year. Many of these local companies may oftentimes be overlooked because they don’t seem glamorous, but that doesn’t make the work they do unimportant or uninteresting.

This is the 10th year we’ve hosted the MANNYs, so we wanted to do something extra special to honor the 100 winners to whom we’ve given awards, as well as the industry of which they’re a part.

In this issue, you’ll find the 2016 winners; a look at the past, present and future of manufacturing in the region; a story that checks in with some of the past MANNY winners; and a peek at the ways the Port Authority is reinvigorating old manufacturing sites.

Hopefully, you’ll finish this issue knowing a bit more about manufacturing. We live in a world of stuff, but the story behind the stuff is a story worth telling.

If you’d like to meet the 2016 winners, there’s still time to purchase a ticket. The event is being held June 15 at Jack Casino, and you can purchase tickets either online at or by contacting Stephanie McFarland at 513-297-61350 or by June 8. We hope to see you there!