September Power Manufacturing Award Nominees

September is here, and so are this month’s nominees for the Power Manufacturing Award. Manufacturers making the cut are Frontier Swiss and Alpine Distilling.

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Frontier Swiss is a manufacturer based in Provo that produces, according to their website, “the highest quality, precision screw machine parts.” Family owned since its inception, Frontier Swiss values their highly skilled employees and the attention to detail of the machine parts they manufacture on a daily basis. We chose Frontier Swiss due to their innovative factory floor processes that guarantee consistency in each batch of machine screws.



Alpine Distilling

Alpine Distilling, a craft beer and wine manufacturer in Park City, is all about perfecting tradition. Founded in 2011 by a descendant of Kentucky moonshiners, the company utilizes family tradition with brewing techniques learned from the owner’s world travels to create a unique experience in a bottle, while doing so in a way that is 100 percent Orthodox Union Kosher certified. It takes serious concentration and innovation to pull that off, which is why they were nominated by a Powerblanket employee for this month’s award.

After careful deliberation by our panel of judges, one of these manufacturers will be chosen as Power Manufacturer of the month. Keep an eye out towards the end of September for the announcement.

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Don’t see your company nominated this month? Send your nomination via email to Power Manufacturing Award Director Adam Jacobs at [email protected].

August Power Manufacturing Award Nominees

This month’s Power Manufacturing Award nominees were nominated by the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce. Each nominee is a member of the chamber, and we’re more than happy to showcase these potential Power Manufacturers. Get ready to meet Wasatch Container and Hammerton.

Wasatch Container

Wasatch Container is one of premier packaging companies in the Mountain West. Founded in 1995, Wasatch Container has become a leading manufacturer of packaging materials. The North Salt Lake company was nominated for their employee-centered work culture and their identity of constantly finding how their manufacturing processes can be improved. Wasatch Container was a PMA nominee in June, and though they didn’t make the cut then, the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce persuaded us to give them a second look. 



Hammerton Lighting

Next is Hammerton, a leading lighting designer and manufacturer also founded in 1995. A perfect example of lean manufacturing, Hammerton combines innovation with traditional metalsmithing into what they call “lean craft.” This unique method of manufacturing has allowed them to experience unprecedented growth both in their business and in the solutions they have for their customers. As such, they were the first American manufacturer to use metal mesh as a structural element in lighting. 

Both of these companies are prime examples of what it takes to represent the Utah manufacturing industry. One of them will be selected to be the Power Manufacturer of the month. Stay tuned!

Don’t see your business on our nomination list this month? Email [email protected] to nominate your company for the Power Manufacturing Award!

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July Power Manufacturing Award Winner

Though summer has started to wind down, the innovative companies that are the Power Manufacturing Award winners keep rolling in. Among those was ALTA Racks, a bike and snowboard rack manufacturer based in Cottonwood Heights, Utah, that was chosen to represent the Power Manufacturing Award for the month of July. 

ALTA Racks

ALTA Racks is an incredible company. As a Six Sigma manufacturer, ALTA Racks practices lean manufacturing in order to streamline both its production and shipping times. In fact, the company says it only takes one week to complete an order. 

“We continuously identify bottlenecks and long lead/labor items and plan accordingly by purchasing the raw material ahead of time of need, and building high labor product at a higher quantities,” a company spokesperson told Powerblanket. 

The spirit of entrepreneurship is alive and well at ALTA Racks. The same company spokesperson gathered advice to share for entrepreneurs looking to get a start in the manufacturing industry. We’re sharing a few here:

  • If you want easy, don’t start. 
  • Continue to improve your products and process. Let your customers have a voice in the design of your product. After version one, the customers should be driving improvements and revisions.
  • Be physically fit, this lifestyle calls for endurance.

You’ll find the rest of the advice ALTA Racks gave us in our upcoming Small Manufacturers Guide. It’s that kind of wisdom, innovation and entrepreneurship that won ALTA Racks July’s Power Manufacturing Award! Congratulations!

Don’t see your business on our nomination list this month? Email [email protected] to nominate your company for the Power Manufacturing Award.

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July Power Manufacturing Award Nominees

This month’s Power Manufacturing Award is extra special. We’re happy to announce that both of our featured manufacturers were nominated by the University of Utah Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), a program that unites experienced engineers with up and coming manufacturers to find industry solutions. The nominees have benefitted from MEP’s resources, and as a result we’ve decided to nominate them for July’s Power Manufacturing Award. 

Let’s get to know the nominees: 

Thrive Life

Thrive Life is an American Fork-based freeze dried food provider. The company supplies customers all over the United States with fruits and vegetables trapped in a state of perfection until water is added and it’s time to eat. Produce is flash frozen within hours of being picked at the farm, then put through a unique freeze drying process via sublimation, holding in valuable nutrients and vitamins. Thrive Life is a leader in promoting innovative freeze drying technology. 

Alta Racks

ALTA Racks is a military-grade bike rack manufacturer located in Cottonwood Heights. They’re a one-of-a-kind builder that relies on multiple local businesses to get their product to customers. With a one-week lead time and conversion equipment for mounting skis and snowboards, ALTA Racks utilizes an efficient manufacturing facility with highly-skilled employees to lead the bike rack industry. 

Both companies will be contacted to let them know about their nomination. Which one will be crowned the newest Power Manufacturer? Tune in at the end of the month to find out. 

Don’t see your business on our nomination list this month? Email [email protected] to nominate your company for the Power Manufacturing Award!

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June Power Manufacturing Award Winner

For the first time, a brewery has been named the monthly Power Manufacturing Award winner! Congratulations to Salt Lake Brewing Co. for being the standout nominee for the month of June. 

Salt Lake Brewing Co. is one of the most popular craft brewers in Utah. Since 1989, the company owns the Wasatch Brewery and Squatters Craft Beers brands, with both having brewing locations and pubs across the state. The brands are the fruit of an innovative group of entrepreneurs who decided to stand out in a new niche market, leading to a massive craft brewing industry in Utah today. 

Wasatch BreweryWasatch Brewery was the very first brewery in Utah after pubs were legalized in the 1980s (an effort led by Salt Lake Brewing Co. founder Greg Schirf, no less!). The brand is known for its IPA, lagers and porters, but also has a unique non-alcoholic “Brigham’s Brew” root beer. Seriously, if you haven’t tried it, give it a go. 



squatters craft beerSquatters Craft Beer is Salt Lake Brewing Co.’s “green” brand, with pubs run on clean energy and environmentally friendly products. Along with superb beer, the brand places a heavy focus on community involvement. Squatters has partnered with groups like Utahns Against Hunger and Green Bike SLC to make the area it does business in a better place for everyone to live. 

Salt Lake Brewing Co. employs more than 500 people as it continues to grow the craft beer industry in Utah. For what they’ve done and what they continue to do for those who drink, as well as the local community in general, we’ve made them June’s Power Manufacturer.

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June Power Manufacturing Award Nominees

Summer is finally here, and so are this month’s nominees for the Power Manufacturing Award. These nominees were discovered while searching for businesses that do a lot of behind-the-scenes work. Their products and services focus on supporting other companies, and are essential to the growth of businesses across the nation.

Love-less ash

First off is Love-Less Ash, an industrial-grade vacuum manufacturer based in Price, Utah. These vacuums have been locally made since the 1980s after the company founder created a prototype for his wife. Years later, Love-Less Ash has perfected their product and is one of the leading manufacturers in its community. The company’s commitment to the city of Price and manufacturing an specialized product is what got it a spot on this month’s nomination list.



squatters craft beer
Second is Salt Lake Brewing Co., a brewery based in the state capital, is one of the top brewers in Utah. The brewery manufactures craft beer under two brands, Wasatch and Squatters. According to, the brands have won more than 100 awards at beer competitions around the globe. Operating on the talents and skills of 400 employees, this company has proven that their innovative beer production methods creates the ideal beer to drink.


Wasatch Container


Finally, we have Wasatch Container. Founded in the mid-1990s, Wasatch Container has become a leading manufacturer of packaging materials. Their products include corrugated boxes, displays and wooden crates. The North Salt Lake company was nominated for their employee-centered work culture and their identity of constantly finding how their manufacturing processes can be improved.




Stay tuned for this month’s winner of the Power Manufacturing Award, which will be announced at the end of June.

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May Power Manufacturing Award Winner: Wasatch Window Well Covers

The Power Manufacturing Award has been given to another worthy winner. Let’s give a big round of applause to the Power Manufacturer for the month of May: Wasatch Window Well Covers.

Wasatch window well covers

Wasatch Covers has been a significant part of the home construction industry in the Mountain West, being one of the largest window well cover manufacturers in Utah and Colorado. Company founder Ryan Anderson created Wasatch Covers after discovering the lack of quality window well cover products way back in 2002. He told Powerblanket that the company has learned many lessons over the years as it constantly seeks to innovate and improve.

“Over the last several years, we’ve spent a substantial amount of time and resources to the development of a process that allows us to do all things digital,” he said. “We first developed software that uses a mobile device, and through AI, can not only identify a window well through the device’s camera, but can also compensate for perspective and image distortion to create measurements within 0.5% accuracy. This was unheard of in an uncontrolled environment until we produced it.

“From that, we are well into the process of completely automating our processes for manufacturing the window well covers. This is one of the things that has allowed us to mass produce a custom product. The dimensions of every single window well cover are different. We are able to produce thousands of these each month.”

As a result of going digital and utilizing AI to meet the customer’s needs, Wasatch Covers has been able to expand into other markets as their ability to produce quality products has increased.

“Through our manufacturing processes, we’ve been able to grow our coverage areas,” Anderson said. “We now cover Utah and Colorado, with plans to launch nationwide by late 2019. We’ve been the clear leader in Utah and Colorado, in volume, customer service, and quality for quite some time. Over the past 5 years we’ve seen over 30% growth year over year, and 2019 is looking to continue that trend handily.”

The phrase “Always Get Better” is the mantra of Wasatch Covers. Seeking out customer input has been critical to ensuring products are always meeting the standard of being exactly what the customer needs. The company even has a full-time position dedicated to seeing how the company can improve, from the R&D desk to the manufacturing floor.

An example of this concept in action is one of the features of the window well cover products, created by inspired feedback from customers.

“One of several things that makes us stand out against our competition,” Anderson said, “is our ability to understand what our customers want and then to be able to give it to them. One example of this is our EZ lift system. This allows for a person (of almost any size) to be able to gain access or egress from any window well.”

“Always Get Better” is also the advice that Anderson said he’d give to any entrepreneur getting into the manufacturing industry.

“No matter the success or failure, continue to work hard,” he told Powerblanket. “Niches and routes to success come as you move forward in the pursuit of greatness. Also, you can’t do it alone. Align your organization both within and externally with other great companies. Learn from them, and let them do what they are best at.”

The Power Manufacturing Award has one purpose: promote the manufacturing businesses of Utah and the surrounding North American Mountain West region by showcasing innovation, customer respect and employee welfare. Wasatch Window Well Covers has proved itself to be a true Power Manufacturer, and we at Powerblanket are proud to share their story.

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Is your company worth recognizing for their manufacturing excellence? Send an email to Power Manufacturing Award Director Adam Jacobs at [email protected] to get started.

May Power Manufacturing Award Nominees

It’s a new month, and with that comes new Power Manufacturing Award nominees. Let’s meet the contestants:



Power Manufacturing AwardWasatch Window Well Covers

Our first nominee for May is Wasatch Window Well Covers, an Orem, Utah, based business that manufactures covers for (you guessed it) window wells. Their products reflect the company’s priority for user safety. Not only does their product prevent falls down into window wells, but also allows for users as young as children to unlock the cover when the need to escape becomes real, such as a house fire.

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OraTech is a full-end manufacturer for the healthcare industry. Originating as a dental products maker in Utah, the South Jordan company has expanded into multiple aspects of healthcare. OraTech is known for using innovative manufacturing methods for their clients, including a rare 3-color 3D printer used in crafting syringes.


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One of the largest industrial explosives manufacturers in the world, Dyno Nobel bases its operations in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. The company defines its crowning characteristic as good communications, meaning that employee insights and consumer feedback are both taken seriously.


These three manufacturers are what we consider to be some of the best examples of innovative, boundary-pushing and communication-focused companies in the Mountain West. We look forward to diving into our award process to determine which of these companies will win the Power Manufacturing Award

Don’t see your business on our nomination list this month? Email [email protected] to nominate your company for the Power Manufacturing Award!

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April Power Manufacturing Award Winner: Milgard Windows and Doors

The Power Manufacturing Award is given to companies that demonstrate the ability to lead the manufacturing industry based on their ability to create high-quality products, respect the customer and value employees. That’s why we’re announcing our first regional Power Manufacturing Award winner, Milgard Windows and Doors!

Milgard Windows and DoorsMilgard Windows and Doors was nominated for their outstanding manufacturing solutions and employee-centric company culture. But that’s not all to their story, and why they deserve to be dubbed a Power Manufacturer.

Founded more than 50 years ago in Washington State, Milgard has been known for being open to customer comments and has produced an innovative manufacturing floor environment. In its manufacturing plants scattered across the American Mountain West, the company creates windows and doors suited to homeowners’ needs by making its own fiberglass frames, insulated glass units and vinyl components.

“To ensure top quality from start to finish, Milgard begins by precisely controlling our vinyl compound formulation to withstand harsh climate conditions,” a Milgard spokesperson told Powerblanket. “We extrude our own frame material, and fabricate all vinyl windows and doors to order, giving us the tightest control over quality. Our fiberglass windows and doors receive the same level of attention.”

In the manufacturing industry, it takes quality to make quality. That focus led Milgard to win the 2019 Best Quality Vinyl Window from BUILDER Magazine. That success is only made possible by Milgard employees.

“To be the best, we hire the best,” the spokesperson said. “More than 3,000 Milgard employees work hard every day to give our customers high-quality products and superior service. They’re a big part of the answer to the question: Why Milgard?”

Power Manufacture AwardBecoming a Power Manufacturer means being the best your company can possibly be. Focusing on the product, respecting and valuing employees, and pursuing innovation are what the Power Manufacturing Award is all about. That’s why we’re happy to have Milgard Doors and Windows featured as the Power Manufacturer for the month of April.  

April Power Manufacturing Award Nominees

The Power Manufacturing Award process has undergone several changes, the biggest of which is our promoting of deserving award nominees. One of these four nominees will win the Power Manufacturing Award for the month of April. 

Powerblanket is excited to announce the nominees for April’s Power Manufacturing Award: Advanced Composites, Aero Tech Manufacturing, Milgard Windows and Doors, and Biovation Labs. These businesses have shown to be exceptional when it comes to the key characteristics of a Power Manufacturer: innovative, unique and persevering. 

April Nominees


Advanced Composites

Advanced Composites: Operating out of Salt Lake City, Advanced Composites has worked hard for nearly 30 years to become one of the nation’s top carbon filament winding companies. With an eye for detail and a reputation of safety (this is their 7th year of being accident-free), Advanced Composites has earned their spot as a nominee for April’s Power Manufacturing Award.


Aero Tech ManufacturingAero Tech Manufacturing: One of the most employee-focused companies we’ve ever seen, Aero Tech Manufacturing was nominated for their recognition that good products are a result of good workers. For the past 25 years, employees have led the way in developing ways to innovate the manufacturing process, and according to the company’s website, that’s one of the things they’re most proud of.

Milgard Windows and Doors


Milgard Windows and Doors: While not based in Utah, Milgard Windows and Doors has a fantastic manufacturing facility in Salt Lake City, where company values result in a top-quality product. Those values, which got Milgard the nomination, are to focus on the customer, cultivate high-performance teams, and continuously improve, just to name a few. 



Biovation Labs

Biovation Labs: One of the most transparent manufacturers in Utah, Biovation Labs is a do-it-all nutritional supplement maker. From supplement creation to product packaging, Biovation has a hand in every part of the manufacturing process. Their policy of allowing tours of their facility, what they call “your own quality audit,” is one of the reasons for their nomination.


Each of these companies display the traits of a Power Manufacturing Award winner. We’re proud to recognize them as examples of excellence in the Utah manufacturing industry, and we look forward to working with them as we move ahead in the nomination process. Keep an eye out for the announcement of the winner later this month!

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Become a Power Manufacturer

Is your company worth recognizing for their manufacturing excellence? Email Power Manufacturing Award Director Adam Jacobs at [email protected] to get started.

March Power Manufacturing Award Winner: Cal-Pack

Ever innovating is the spirit of the Power Manufacturing Award, and that’s why this month’s award goes to California Packaging and Display.

Cal-PackCalifornia Packaging and Display, also known as Cal-Pack, is a 40-year-old packaging business with corporate headquarters in Utah and California. Cal-Pack works with companies around the globe, meeting their packaging needs and continually improving shipping methods. With nearly a hundred products in their lineup, Cal-Pack has made itself essential in the packaging industry in Utah and the world.

The Power Manufacturing Award is given to companies that are definition of Utah manufacturing: innovative, unique and persevering. A spokesperson for Cal-Pack said the company has come a long way in order to meet that definition. “Our Utah manufacturing facility has moved 4 times in 30 years,” he said. “We roughly doubled space and equipment with each move, expanding our capacity and manufacturing abilities.”

The spokesperson added that Cal-Pack focuses on three things that have lead to their success as a manufacturer: listening to customers, looking for needs not being filled, and using creativity to solve problems.

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“We are constantly looking at the changing retail/wholesale environment, customer needs, and updating or adding equipment as necessary to meet demand,” the spokesperson said.

As a congratulations, Cal-Pack will be featured on the Powerblanket website and be in the running for the Power Manufacturer of the Year Award, as well as receive an award badge on their website and a special Power Hammer for their offices.

Do you know a manufacturer that deserves recognition? Contact Power Manufacturing Award Director Adam Jacobs at [email protected] to submit your nomination!


With a new year comes a new winner of Powerblanket’s Power Manufacture Award. For the month of January, Cox Honeyland has been chosen to receive this prestigious recognition. We’ve noticed their manufacturing prowess in creating some of the most delicious honey in the Mountain West, and felt the world needed to be aware of this outstanding manufacturer.

Cox Honeyland Power Manufacture Award

Cox Honeyland is a family-run honey business based in Logan, Utah. The company began in St. George, Utah, back in the early 1900s, where members of the Cox family created a bee keeping empire in the desert. Cox Honeyland is the modern incarnation of that same idea, raising bees and churning out honey for the world to enjoy.

One of the unique aspects of honey from Cox Honeyland is the nature of their nectar.  According to the company’s website, their bees travel across the northern Utah mountains to collect nectar from flower blossoms that result in three particular flavors of honey: Clover-Alfalfa (light and mild), Cache Valley (darker with more flavor), and Mountain Snowberry (mountain wildflower flavor). With that honey, Cox Honeyland manufactures a wide variety of products such as beeswax lip balm, honey popcorn and fruited creamed honey.

A spokesperson for Cox Honeyland said the reason they’ve been in business for over 100 years is because of their high manufacturing standards.

“We value our customers and are consistent and dependable,” the spokesperson said, adding that Cox Honeyland is already recognized for many local and state awards for their entrepreneurship. The company is also the recipient of the Golden Hive Award, issued for outstanding beekeeping.

Cox Honeyland will be one of many of this year’s Power Manufacture Award winners. Representatives from Powerblanket will be delivering an award plaque and issuing a Power Manufacture Award badge for Cox Honeyland’s website. The honey manufacturer will also be in the running for the 2019 Power Manufacturer of the Year.

If you’d like to nominate your business for the Power Manufacture Award, contact Powerblanket at [email protected].

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