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Glen Raven named North Carolina Manufacturer of the Year
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Sep '12
Glen Raven Inc, has been selected as the North Carolina Manufacturer of the Year in the large company category in a program sponsored by McGladrey LLP, the nation's fifth largest assurance, tax and consulting firm, and Fifth Third Bank, in cooperation with the North Carolina Chamber. The award program was initiated to recognize the importance of manufacturing to the U.S. and state economy and acknowledge the success of manufacturers.

"At McGladrey, we are dedicated to serving the manufacturing industry and help to develop programs that will benefit this industry," said Steve Menaker, Carolinas and East Region Manufacturing lead for McGladrey. "We recognized that previously there was not a program to formally recognize the efforts of local manufacturers which led to the development of the North Carolina Manufacturer of the Year Award."

Nominations were submitted online and judged by a panel of contributors to the manufacturing and overall business community in North Carolina. The winners were selected based on holistic accomplishments including growth, jobs creation and innovation.
 
"We were impressed by both the quality and quantity of nominations we received this year and look forward to growing the program in future years." said Lew Ebert, president and CEO of the North Carolina Chamber.
 
Nominations for the award included numerous high caliber manufacturers across North Carolina, which is the fourth-largest manufacturing state in the country. Winners were selected in each of three categories:
 
Large manufacturer (more than $250M)
Glen Raven, Inc. was named the winner in the large manufacturer category. Founded in Alamance County in 1880, Glen Raven today is a global company with business centers in North America, Europe and Asia, selling products into more than 120 countries. While best known for its category-leading Sunbrella brand of fabrics for awning, marine and furniture applications, Glen Raven also provides fabric-based solutions for automotive, military, construction, mining, protective work apparel and water filtration markets and operates national logistic and distribution subsidiaries. The Burlington, N.C.-based company is privately held by the descendants of its founder, John Q. Gant.
 
"On behalf of our customers, trade partners, associates and shareholders, we are honored and humbled to accept a North Carolina Manufacturer of the Year award," said Allen E. Gant, Jr., president and CEO of Glen Raven. "This award reflects our deep commitment to state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in North Carolina and around the world, and our relentless focus on innovative solutions and integrated marketing programs in partnership with our customers and trade partners."
 
 


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