The Council of Industry has named the recipients of its annual Manufacturing Champion awards. The award recognizes individuals from the private sector, public sector, and education, along with an organization, who through vision, dedication, hard work and tireless involvement have helped to overcome some of the many obstacles faced by manufacturers in the Hudson Valley community and have made it possible for manufacturers and their employees to prosper.
This year’s Private Sector Champion is Mike Ratliff, the president and general manager of Marco Manufacturing, located in Poughkeepsie. For years Mike was employed as the General Manager for Atlantic Design Corporation, but in 1996 Atlantic Design decided decision to close their Poughkeepsie facility. Mike, however, wasn’t ready to give up on the region or its workers, and so he took on the challenge of opening his own manufacturing business. Today Marco Manufacturing is celebrating its 20th anniversary as one of the region’s leading electronics manufacturers. It employs over 30 people, most of them former Atlantic Design employees, and services more than 25 customers.
“Mike is truly committed to manufacturing in the Hudson Valley,” Harold King, Executive Vice President of the Council of Industry says. “He actually lives in Montclair, NJ, and for the last 20 years has made the 90 minute commute each way to keep the business in Poughkeepsie. This effort is emblematic of Mike’s vision, dedication and tireless involvement and is part of the reason the Council of Industry is proud to name him a Manufacturing Champion.”
Check back on Friday to learn about our Education Champion, Mark Harris. And be sure to get your tickets to our annual Manufacturing Champions Breakfast.