On October 16, AmeriQual Group was named the 2019 Indiana Manufacturing Talent Champion at the Indiana Manufacturers Association’s (IMA) 2019 Hall of Fame Luncheon. Part of the IMA’s Manufacturing Excellence Awards, the Talent Champion award recognizes Indiana manufacturing companies and individuals for their positive achievements and contributions to the industry.
“We are truly excited, honored and humbled by this award,” said Dennis Straub, the President of AmeriQual Group, LLC. “This award represents our commitment to serving our community and strengthening partnerships with that we have here in Evansville, in the state and around the world.”
AmeriQual received the award, in part, due to its partnership with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation’s RAMP program. RAMP is a first-of-its-kind work program in Indiana that fully embeds students on-site at AmeriQual. Through this partnership, students become part of AmeriQual’s workforce, working four hours each day at the facility and then attending classes, on-site at AmeriQual, the other half of the day.
“To say we are extremely pleased with how RAMP is working would be an understatement,” said Mirsada Salihovic, AmeriQual’s Vice President of Human Resources. “Not only are we creating a pipeline of skilled workers for us and our community, we are truly impacting the futures of students by helping them develop employability skills they can use in the future, no matter what path they choose. Being a part of their success is so rewarding and we are so thankful for the opportunity we have to change lives.”
AmeriQual was selected for the Champion award from nominations received from the manufacturing community, and competed against other world-class manufacturers for the award.
“The Indiana Manufacturers Association instituted the Indiana Manufacturers Hall of Fame in 2015 to help bring awareness and recognition to the many positive contributions of Hoosier manufacturers. And this year we’ve added the Manufacturing Excellence Awards to focus and honor companies in specific areas of achievement,” said IMA President and CEO Brian Burton. “We congratulate AmeriQual Group, LLC for its outstanding work and continued dedication to making Indiana manufacturing a positive, driving force for the state.”
As the most manufacturing-intensive state in the nation, Indiana is the number-one wage payer and employer of Hoosiers. Additionally, manufacturing continues to be the number-one job creator in Indiana, employing more than 545,000 in the state.
AmeriQual Group is a food processing company, headquartered in Evansville, Ind., that specializes in the development, processing, packaging and distributing of high quality shelf-stable foods. AmeriQual provides innovative solutions to major branded food companies, food service providers, retailers and the United States Department of Defense.