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Ariens named Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year
Ariens Co. received the 2005 Manufacturer of the Year Award in the category of large-size manufacturer. The annual program is co-sponsored by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, the state's largest business association; Michael Best & Friedrich LLP; and Virchow, Krause & Company, LLP. An independent panel of judges selected the winners.

The judges acknowledged Ariens as an industry innovator that has tackled the challenges of international competition head-on. "Ariens employees work tirelessly to remain competitive against global pressures," said Dan Ariens, president of Ariens Co. "Their efforts to embrace lean manufacturing principles have allowed us to improve productivity, introduce innovative new products and even gain market share."

Ariens was nominated for the award by the Brillion Chamber of Commerce. "The Chamber was proud to nominate Ariens for this prestigious award, and we are thrilled that Ariens has received this recognition, which it so richly deserves,"

said Chamber president Keith Ondrasek. "As one of the only remaining locally owned industries in Brillion, Ariens has made a commitment of excellence to the community."

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