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Lifetime Products 2015 Utah Manufacturer Of The Year

November 21, 2015

PRESS RELEASE - Utah Manufacturers Association

428 East Winchester Street, suite 135 Salt Lake City, Utah 84107 (801) 363-3885

 

For nearly 45 years, the Utah Manufacturers Association has recognized tremendous

efforts by Utah manufacturing companies in the state. The association has a long historyof recognizing these companies for their tremendous efforts in improving their

manufacturing processes, contributing to the communities in which they live, driving the

business economy and in providing a safe working environment for their employees.

At the Utah Manufacturers Association 110th Annual Banquet, four exceptional

manufacturing companies in the state were recognized for outstanding performance in

operational performance and best practices, economic achievement, workplace safety,

community and state involvement, public outreach and fidelity to the principles of free

enterprise. These companies have demonstrated areas of expertise and outstanding

business practices in their individual industry subsectors as well as demonstrating this to the general business community.

Recognizing that companies of different sizes face different challenges and obstacles in

their various companies as well as in their individual manufacturing processes, awards

were presented in four different categories. The ranges of company sizes and categories awarded were for 1-50 Employees, 51 to 200 Employees, 201-500 Employees and 500 Employees and above respectively. We also presented an award for exceptional workforce development efforts by a manufacturing company. Awards were presented to the following companies.

In the category of 1-50 employees the award was presented to PowerBlanket of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Powerblanket started in 2005 in Salt Lake City, Utah with one goal – to solve heating

problems. Featuring patented GreenHeat technology, Powerblanket delivers a barrier of

uniform directional heat where it’s needed most – preventing fluids from freezing and

maintaining optimal temperatures. This Innovative heat spreading technology insulates,

protects and maintains heat in a wide variety of applications.

Congratulations to PowerBlanket for operating an exceptional facility in Salt Lake

County and for receiving this award.

In the category of 50-200 employees. The award was presented to Futura Industries of

Clearfield, Utah.

Futura Industries is one of the top aluminum extruders in the world and delivers

customized, start-to-finish aluminum extrusion services. They focus on reliable,

responsive service to ensure their customers receive flawless results each and every

time they partner with them.Their company culture as a premier aluminum extruder promotes teamwork, quality and responsibility. They seek out the best from both their workplace teams and individual team members and acknowledge and reward their accomplishments. It’s all part of creating a highly motivated workforce invested in company-wide superior quality and customer success.

Their dedication to reliable, responsive service sets them apart from other aluminum

extrusion manufacturers and is what keeps customers coming back to Futura time and

time again. It’s why they’ve had a 99.8% customer retention rate for the last 10 years.

As a responsive company, they work tirelessly to fulfill their customers’ precise needs.

Congratulations to Futura Industries for operating an exceptional facility and for

receiving this award.

In the category of 500 employees and above the award was presented to Lifetime

Products of Clearfield, Utah.

At Lifetime Products, they continually challenge themselves to think differently, think

better. After inventing the first adjustable height basketball system over thirty years ago,

Lifetime continued forward to invent the first portable basketball hoop and then the first

complete basketball system packaged in one box.

By constantly applying innovation and pioneering technology in plastics and metals,

Lifetime Products stays true to their desire to create products that revolutionize the

industry with patented technology. With even more Lifetime products being invented and manufactured on a near daily basis, they are committed to continually bringing better solutions for the needs of life.

Lifetime’s goal is, and has always been, to create affordable products with quality,

strength, and durability. They do this by growing profitably and providing opportunities

for our people. They do this through diversification, by continuing to enter new product

categories, expanding their market share, and constantly improving and innovating. They do this by sharing value with their customers while lowering costs.

Congratulations to Lifetime Products for operating an exceptional facility and for

receiving this Manufacturer of the Year Award.

Manufacturers are awarded the Workforce Development Award for excelling in areas of

workforce planning and development. Skills gap and educational training are paramount

for the industry as we move forward in addressing future work force needs. We honor

companies that are proactively addressing their needs and setting an example for other

companies in the industry on how to address this difficult and changing issue.

This year’s recipient of the Workforce Development Award is Autoliv, Inc. Autoliv

designs, manufactures and sells state of the art automotive safety systems. Autoliv is a

leader in sales and technology with company sales over $9.2 billion. They sell to all

major vehicle manufacturers and is a Fortune 500 company with an A-credit rating (S&P). They have 80 facilities in 28 countries with 18 technical centers and 20 crash test tracks. They employ greater than 60,000 associated worldwide.

At Autoliv all leaders are teachers. As a company, they fully believe in the development

of their workforce. This includes direct as well as indirect employees. The stronger their

employees are, the stronger our company is. They want everyone to have the skills they

require to accomplish their personal and professional goals.

 

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The Utah Manufacturers Association has been the "voice of industry" in Utah for 110

years. Our mission is to enhance the business climate in Utah. UMA is a highly regarded

voice at the Utah Legislature and with regulatory agencies. Our efforts have saved

manufacturers and other businesses millions of dollars and streamlined the governmental

processes that regulate industry. Utah Manufacturers produce your quality of life. If you

enjoy the products that make modern life possible, thank a manufacturer.