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Celebrates Record Award-Winning Year

Over the past handful of years, Hydro-Thermal experienced a profound boom in business, prompting significant growth in employees, office and manufacturing space, technology, and revenue. During this bustling time, the organization was also recognized with a variety of prestigious awards. In 2016 the organization received six honors, spanning the state to international, doubling the amount of recognition received in the best of previous years.

In 2016 Hydro-Thermal won five awards including the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year-Grand Award, Fastest Growing Firms, and the Governor's Export Achievement Award. These three are examples of awards that Hydro-Thermal submitted an application for and won. The other two 2016 honors were, the Corporate Partner Award, given by the Waukesha Education Foundation and the APICS Company of the Year. These awards are significant since they were not applied for, but given to Hydro-Thermal based off interaction and observation of the organization. Hydro-Thermal was also named as a finalist for the Platt Global Metals Award.

The Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year-Grand Award is the highest state award recognizing excellence in manufacturing. Criteria for this award focuses on financial growth and stability, effective research and development, commitment to quality, employees, and community. In 2016 Hydro-Thermal won the medium sized business category (100-299 employees), which was the most contested group, with 10 finalist companies.

The 2016 win of the Governor's Export Achievement Award recognizes extraordinary results in international markets and elevating Wisconsin’s competitiveness in the global economy. Hydro-Thermal also received this award in 2011, further evidence of stability and ongoing commitment to innovation and global expansion.

Earning the designation of Fastest Growing Firms Award winner is another demonstration of Hydro-Thermal’s exceptional growth and financial stability. Recipients of this award are Wisconsin-based companies with the highest percentage of growth from 2013 to 2015, with annual revenue between $3 million and $500 million.

“Hydro-Thermal invests heavily in young people and community, and is involved with many programs that mentor and inspire. I believe this is why we received the 2016 Corporate Partner Award from the Waukesha Education Foundation,” said Hydro-Thermal CEO and President Jim Zaiser. This unsolicited third-party honor is voted on by committee and recognizes outstanding effort to foster quality and innovative learning and ensure a strong community foundation. Hydro-Thermal has a robust scope of volunteerism and mentoring young people through multiple programs in Waukesha County as well as Greater Milwaukee.

Being voted APICS Company of the Year speaks directly to the efficiency and productivity of Hydro-Thermal. This unsolicited third-party honor is voted on by a committee comprised of APICS members. APICS is an international association for professionals in all areas of resource management, including inventory, materials, supply chain, and all other areas that contribute to the overall efficiency and productivity of an organization.

Zaiser remarked, “This additional attention has created more opportunities to join expert panels, industry discussions and other activities that add further value to Hydro-Thermal, our employees and our brand.” After such an amazing 2016, Hydro-Thermal is focused on select, very high profile international award opportunities. “The commitment to the strong Hydro-Thermal values like innovation and community will continue,” said Zaiser.

Hydro-Thermal is the global leader in the manufacturing and design of industrial and sanitary steam heating solutions. Our patented heating system mixes steam and process liquids completely while delivering precise and consistent temperature, instantaneous heating, and no scaling or fouling of the product. Eighty years of steam heating expertise and innovation have led to our product’s presence in facilities in more than 85 countries around the world.

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Hydro-Thermal recently received the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year (WIMOTY) Grand Award. This is the 29th year of the WIMOTY annual award program, which recognizes outstanding achievement in manufacturing.

Hydro-Thermal competed in the medium sized business category (100-299 employees), which was also the most competitive category with a total of 10 finalist companies. Award criteria covers commitment to employees, effective research and development, commitment to quality, financial growth and stability, and commitment to community.

Here are a few highlights from Hydro-Thermal’s award application:

Commitment to Employees

• National job tenure average is 4.6 yrs. More than 50% of Hydro-Thermal staff have been here longer than that, with 1 of every 8 here for more than 15 years, and 5 here more than 25 years

Effective Research and Development

• In 2016 Hydro-Thermal filed three new patents, in addition to four patents pending, more than a dozen active patents registered in foreign countries, 40 process patents, and 60 offshoot patents

Commitment to Quality

• Hydro-Thermal recruits expert staff, and mutually shares information with more than two dozen external resources via our strategic research partnerships

Financial Growth and Stability

• More than doubled sales in the last 10 years, tripled manufacturing and office space within the last three years

Commitment to Community

• Numerous collaborations with the Waukesha County Business Alliance (WCBA), more than 10-year commitment to intern and apprentice programs

WIMOTY applications are categorized by number of employees and are judged by a panel of leaders in manufacturing, who are independent of the award program sponsors. This is Hydro-Thermal’s first year of competing in the medium-sized business (100+ employees) category. In 2010 Hydro-Thermal won this award in the small business category (less than 100 employees), and was a finalist in 2015.

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Hydro-Thermal is the global leader in the development and manufacturing of Hydroheaters. Through our vast global channel partners, we support hydro heating in six continents and all industrialized areas. We create heating systems for a variety of industries including: pulp, paper, chemical, ethanol, food & beverage, metal, & more!

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