The Association of Washington Business (AWB) has selected Hobart Machined Products for its 2020 Manufacturer of the Year Award. The announcement comes at the end of the AWB’s Manufacturing Week.

The award celebrates Washington’s manufacturing sector and recognizes Hobart Machined Products for its overall contributions and growth to the economy and aerospace manufacturing sector. Hobart Machined Products is a women-owned aerospace manufacturing company with just eight employees that was originally founded in a garage in 1978.

“For more than four decades, they have contributed to our economy, helped to grow our aerospace sector, supported other manufacturers, and encouraged young people to enter careers in manufacturing,” AWB President Kris Johnson said in a press release. “Hobart Machined Products is an inspiration to entrepreneurs and manufacturers everywhere and we’re delighted to recognize them as AWB’s Manufacturer of the Year.”

Other awards presented during the association’s 2020 Manufacturing Week via a live broadcast from Seattle’s Museum of Flight include the Manufacturing Excellence Award for Innovation, Green Manufacturing Award, and Operational Excellence Award.