Outstanding Growth Award

Congratulations to our 2022 Outstanding Growth Award winner: Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing!

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The annual Outstanding Growth Award honors a local company that demonstrates sustained growth in sales, profitability, employment, and community involvement. 

The 2022 recipient of ACG Western Michigan's Outstanding Growth Award is no stranger to warp speed growth and success.  Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing is at the forefront of the life sciences industry with expert knowledge combined with cutting edge pharmaceutical equipment and facilities.  

The contract for Operation Warp Speed vaccine production has put a spotlight on the company, but it's been burgeoning since their startup in 2010.  Named as Inc 5000 Fastest Growing Private Company for the fifth consecutive year in 2021, GRAM has grown 279% from 2018-2020.

The 2022 event will also feature a new award category, the Emerging Growth Award.  This award will recognize a company that has come into view as a stand out for their success and growth. ACG is pleased to announce athletic apparel company, SHEFIT, as the 2022 award winner.

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About the Outstanding Growth Awards

The annual Outstanding Growth Award honors a local company that demonstrates sustained growth in sales, profitability, employment, and community involvement

Eligibility requirements include:

  • An operational/financial other business presence in West Michigan
  • $10 million minimum in annual sales
  • Demonstrated growth in sales, profitability and employment as well as continuing community involvement
  • Availability to present its growth story to ACG Western Michigan 
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Each year, the Outstanding Growth Award winner is featured in a video presentation on the challenges faced – and strategies used – to build a track record of growth. The presentation is delivered to a sell-out crowd of approximately 400 of the area’s top executives, business owners, and financiers.

The award itself is actually two awards: a large perpetual trophy the winner gets temporarily and a smaller replica that the winner gets to keep. ACG decided to take the “Stanley Cup approach” — the winning company gets its name imprinted on the large trophy and they get to keep it for a year before turning it over to the next winner.

In 2022, ACG Western Michigan introduced a new award category, the Emerging Growth Award. The same pool of OGA nominations is used to determine the winner of this new award category.  

 

Learn about nominating a company