Manufacturing is alive and well in the Tristate, and the Cincy Business Manny Awards are here to celebrate that fact.

Cincinnati actually tops the list of Ohio cities for manufacturing (99,700 jobs in factory plants followed by Cleveland with 80,637 jobs and Columbus with 56,282 jobs). And no less than the Cincinnati USA Partnership has identified advanced manufacturing as the No. 1 "industry cluster" in the market (a cluster is defined as the number of companies in a given industry that are growing jobs).

On the following pages, we celebrate 15 Greater Cincinnati companies of all sizes, ages and ownerships that have exhibited success in the areas of adding new jobs, creating great workplaces, designing new products, making a breakthrough and charting growth. Judging for the Mannys was conducted by an independent panel representing various sectors.

In this, the first annual Manny Awards, we highlight not only the winners listed here, but some 80 other companies that are worth watching.

New Job Creation

¨           American Micro Products

¨           Storopack Inc.

¨           Sweco


Best Place To Work:                                       

¨           Hillenbrand Industries

¨           Richards Industries

¨           Gallatin Steel Company


New Product Development/Innovation

¨           Micropyretics Heaters International, Inc. (MHI)

¨           Kaivac Inc.

¨           Rite Track


Biggest Breakthrough

¨           Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc.

¨           General Data Company, Inc.

¨           Lafarge North America, Inc.


Top Growth

¨           Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co.

¨           Intelligrated, Inc .

¨           Odom Industries, Inc .