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UniversalAET Receives Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award

Universal Acoustic & Emission Technologies received the prestigious 2014 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Special Award in the Employee Development & Commitment category at the program’s sold-out awards ceremony on Feb. 26 at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.

UniversalAET provides standard and customized engineered acoustic, emissions and filtration solutions to the Power Generation, Oil & Gas, Industrial Processing, Data Center and Locomotive markets. Headquartered in Stoughton, Wis., Universal is a global manufacturer with manufacturing facilities in Muscoda, Wis.; Beloit, Wis.; and San Luis Potosi, Mexico. It has additional offices located in Houston, India, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

Universal was selected for the award because of its strong growth and commitment to training employees for Wisconsin’s technology-forward workforce. It has added more than 50 jobs in the past year at a growth rate of more than 20 percent in Wisconsin. The company started Universal University, which provides training in all areas of the company and demonstrates a corporate commitment toward employee growth in workforce development. Universal received a State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development’s Fast Forward program in January to train supervisors at the company’s facilities in Beloit, Muscoda and Stoughton. Together with Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, Universal created a customized Quality and Supervisory Management training program to educate more than 50 supervisors. Universal also implemented a growth program in which high-potential employees are identified and go through a mentoring program with upper management in conjunction with external leadership training. The goal is to develop and prepare future company leaders.

In addition to its employee training and mentoring program, Universal’s manufacturing and distribution growth throughout the last decade has allowed the company to expand into new territory as it creates jobs. In 2013, Universal opened its Center of Excellence in the Beloit Ironworks business district. The center houses a dedicated team of engineers, designers, business staff and manufacturing specialists under one roof so all who work in the various stages of product development can better communicate. In 2014, Universal opened an office in Houston’s Energy Corridor to better serve its customers in the Oil & Gas, Power Generation and Chemical Processing markets in Texas, Mexico, Central America and South America.

“We’re extremely honored to be chosen for the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year distinction,” said Universal President and Chief Operating Officer Dick Strojinc. “We’re proud of our long history of serving a diverse customer base that has changed and grown with the evolution of our products, solutions and technologies, and we’re committed to leading Wisconsin’s charge as it becomes a model state for supporting the manufacturing industry.”

A total of seven businesses took home awards on Thursday night. The other winners were:

Grand Awards

HUSCO International, Inc., Waukesha – Mega Category; Seats, Incorporated, Reedsburg – Large Category; Spectrum Industries, Incorporated, Chippewa Falls – Medium Category; General Plastics, Inc., Milwaukee – Small Category; E.K. Machine Co. Inc., Fall River – Workforce Development Category

Special Awards

Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Ellsworth – Marketplace Opportunity Award

Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year award winners were selected by an independent panel of judges representing industry, education, and the public sector.

About the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year awards:The Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Awards recognize manufacturers of all sizes and from all sectors of the economy for the impact of their economic contributions on the state of Wisconsin. Award winners are outstanding examples to all in the area of innovative workforce development best practices. Each nominee must submit information about its financial growth or consistency, technological advances, product development, environmental solutions, operation excellence/continuous improvement, commitment to employees, and effective research and development. For more information about the awards, visit

About UniversalAET: Universal Acoustic & Emission Technologies is recognized worldwide for its customized total solutions for noise control, emissions and air filtration. UniversalAET offers a complete range of services including the design, manufacture and installation of inlet and exhaust products used in the Power Generation, Oil & Gas, Industrial Processing, Data Centers and Locomotive markets. UniversalAET has offices and manufacturing facilities around the globe.To learn more, follow UniversalAET on Twitter at @UniversalAET and find it on LinkedIn.

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