Catalyst Awards

Southwest Michigan First honored more than 50 regional companies, organizations and individuals during its 2013 Catalyst Awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Contributions that moved our region and people toward greatness were also recognized. Those who exemplified the ability to inspire others to lead, the desire to collaborate for greater good and the innate drive to make our communities worthy of generations to come were recipients of Community Partner of the Year awards.

Presented annually since 2005, this event is designed to recognize significant contributions by community partners that have resulted in economic growth and job creation in Southwest Michigan. Honorees were each presented with 'The Catalyst,’ a beautiful hand-blown glass sculpture created exclusively for this event by local artist Judith Konesni of Tidal Wave Glass.

2012-2013 Winners for Jobs Creation
  • AluTech
  • American Axle & Manufacturing
  • Arcadia Brewing Company
  • Asama Coldwater Manufacturing
  • Behnke Trucking and Warehousing
  • Borgess Health
  • Bowers Manufacturing Company
  • Brembo North America
  • Catalyst Development Company
  • Cosma International
  • Delta Industrial Valves
  • Denso Manufacturing Michigan
  • Dimplex Thermal Solutions
  • EPI Marketing Services
  • Fabri-Kal
  • Faulkner Fabricators
  • Geislinger
  • Getman Corporation
  • Gokoh Coldwater Incorporated
  • Graphic Packaging International – Consumer Products Division
  • Graphic Packaging International – Mill Division
  • Hanson Mold
  • Hark Orchids
  • II Stanley Co.
  • Janesville Acoustics
  • Lovejoy
  • MacAllister Machinery
  • Mach Mold
  • Marrone Bio Innovations
  • Mastronardi Produce
  • Mayer Tool & Engineering
  • mophie
  • Mueller Industries
  • Musashi Auto Parts
  • MVB Improvements
  • Perrigo Company
  • Riveer
  • RSB Transmissions NA
  • Schupan & Sons
  • St. Joe Tool Company
  • Summit Polymers
  • TecNiq, Inc.
  • TRMI
  • T-Shirt Printing Plus
  • W.E. Slitt
  • Whirlpool Corporation
2012-2013 Community Partner of the Year Award Recipients
Partner for Jobs
  • Dan Jaqua of Jaqua Realtors
  • Blaine Lam of Lam & Associates
  • Lisa Miller of Branch County Economic Growth Alliance
Philanthropic Impact
  • American Axle & Manufacturing
  • Kalamazoo Area Building Authority
  • United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region
Educational Impact
  • Kalamazoo College
  • Western Michigan University
Mentor of the Year 
  • Jim Heath of Stryker Instruments
Community Capitalism
  • Cornerstone Alliance
  • Whirlpool Corporation