REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - Feb. 5, 2014) - Industrial Machine & Manufacturing Inc. (IMM) has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Saskatchewan Manufacturer of the Year award, for its exemplary achievements in the areas of business success, dedication to community and industry, and employer excellence.
The award was presented by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) and RBC Royal Bank last night, February 4, at the first-ever Minister's Manufacturing Dinner, hosted in partnership with The Honourable Bill Boyd, Minister of the Economy, Government of Saskatchewan.
"This important recognition celebrates the manufacturing leaders that are making outstanding contributions to the economic growth, job creation, and quality of life in Saskatchewan," says CME President & CEO Jayson Myers. "These are the champions driving our communities; and I am proud to recognize Industrial Machine & Manufacturing for its continued leadership and innovation in the province."
Founded in 1956, the Saskatoon-based company has made North American headlines in recent months for its Wheels of Dreams project. The employee-driven initiative - originally launched as a team-building exercise - centered on the custom build of Snakebit, a 1956 Ford F100, which sold for $450,000 at the 2014 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale this past January. One-hundred per cent of the proceeds were donated to the Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan.
"We at RBC are so proud to support and celebrate this dynamic, collaborative, and innovative industry," says Lynette Gillen, Vice President Commercial Financial Services, RBC Royal Bank. "We are thrilled to demonstrate that support by recognizing IMM for the difference they have made in the industry and across the community as an excellent example of the Saskatchewan spirit."
In 2013, Saskatchewan's manufacturing sector employed roughly 28,400 workers, generated more than $15 billion in sales, and contributed more than $47 billion in total economic activity.
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is Canada's largest and longest standing trade and industry association. Founded in 1871, CME is the only organization of its kind to be formed by an Act of Parliament, and has offices in every province across the country - with the exception of PEI - as well as representatives in Washington, Latin America, and Europe.
As the voice for manufacturing and global business in Canada, CME works to promote the competitiveness of Canadian manufacturers and the success of Canada's goods and services exporters in markets around the world. CME's core focuses are advocacy, intelligence, business opportunities, best practices, and networking.
CME's membership network accounts for an estimated 82 per cent of the country's total manufacturing production and 90 per cent of all exports. For more information, visit www.cme-mec.ca.
About the Saskatchewan Manufacturing Council
Established in January 2013, the Saskatchewan Manufacturing Council is a CME-led initiative that brings together roughly 40 leading industry executives to speak with one voice on priority issues impacting manufacturing in the province.
The council is currently chaired by Tom Kishchuk, president and CEO, Hitachi Power Systems Canada Ltd. For more information, including a full list of members, visit www.saskmanufacturing.ca.