JACKSON — For 75 years the Jackson Area Manufacturer’s Association has held an Annual Meeting to discuss key manufacturing issues while recognizing students, educators, and manufacturers in the Jackson community for outstanding achievement. This year the JAMA held their 76th Annual Meeting on January 7th, 2013 and recognized EverLast Lighting with a prestigious award.
“We’re proud of Jackson, and how we’ve been able to contribute. Furthering Michigan’s economy and Jackson’s economy is at the top of our list,” commented Michael Nevins, CEO of EverLast. “When Bill Rayl contacted us to let us know that we were Jackson’s 2012 Manufacturer of the Year, I felt like our efforts were appreciated.”
Each year, the awards program criteria outlines that an individual must have owned or principally operated a JAMA member manufacturing business for more than five years and must have demonstrated a measurable positive impact on operations over at least a three-year period. Outside of their company doors, the individual must be looked upon as a model of success in manufacturing by his/her peers and additionally must be a contributor to the success of the local community beyond the company’s economic impact through school involvement, volunteerism, or other community organization support.