YCH HOPS Wins 2017 Washington Manufacturing Award as Food/Beverage Processor of the Year



YCH HOPS Wins 2017 Washington Manufacturing Award as Food/Beverage Processor of the Year

Yakima, WA, USAMay 1, 2017 - Yakima Chief - Hopunion (YCH HOPS) has been named Food/Beverage Processor of the Year by Seattle Business magazine in the 2017 Washington Manufacturing Awards.

The annual Washington Manufacturing Awards gala was held on April 26, 2017 at the Museum of Flight, honoring 16 pioneering companies engrained in the foundation of the state’s industrial base.

The winners were companies with innovative products who found ways to boost their competitiveness through improved manufacturing processes and effective marketing,” said Leslie Helm, editor of Seattle Business magazine. “It’s companies like these that remind us of the current strength and future promise of Washington’s manufacturing sector.”

Upon accepting the award, Steve Carpenter, Interim CEO of YCH HOPS, commented, “The recognition is a testament to the compelling vision of our grower owners and the dedication of our team who are focused on creating value for our brewery customers through uncompromising service, quality, and developing innovative new products that help our customers be more efficient. We don’t do what we do for awards, but we are humbled to receive this honor.”

In nominating YCH HOPS for the award, Mike Schneider, Account Executive – Eastern and Central Washington of Impact Washington remarked, “Yakima Chief - Hopunion has successfully integrated two independently operated companies into an organization that has become “greater than the sum of their parts”. The leadership has admirably created synergy of purpose that reflects the interests of all the stakeholders, equity partners, staff, customers and community. They have recognized the attention paid to developing the right culture yields rewards for all stakeholders, and demonstrated that a value driven organization can successfully integrate a variety of constituencies into a high performing organization.

YCH HOPS is honored to be nominated among an elite pool of candidates and is proud to represent quality in beer and brewing alongside fellow food/beverage nominee, No-Li Brewhouse of Spokane, WA.

2017 Washington Manufacturing Award Winners

Food/Beverage Processor of the Year
Yakima Chief – Hopunion, Yakima

Building Trades Business of the Year
Canyon Creek Cabinet Company, Monroe

Emerging Manufacturer
Key Compounding Pharmacy, Federal Way

Feed Commodities, Tacoma

Manufacturing Innovation
Gear Aid, Bellingham

Manufacturing Nonprofit of the Year
Skills Inc., Auburn

Manufacturer of the Year – Small Firms
AeroGo Inc., Tukwila

Manufacturer of the Year – Midsize Firms
Accrafab Inc., Liberty Lake

Manufacturer of the Year – Large Firms
Aero Precision, Tacoma

Manufacturing Executive of the Year
Kent Wall, President & CEO, Portco Packaging, Woodland

About Yakima Chief – Hopunion
Yakima Chief - Hopunion is a 100% grower-owned, global hop supplier focused on providing premium quality hops and uncompromising service. The team is driven by a profound appreciation for the earth's natural resources and a heartfelt respect for the communities and customers they serve. This creates a culture of continuous improvement centered on sustainably produced, innovative hop products for beer. From fresh Green Hops®, to whole-leaf hops, Cryo Hops®, hop pellets and Resinate® CO2 hop extract derived products, Yakima Chief - Hopunion is uniquely positioned, and passionate about connecting family farms to the world's finest brewers through YCH HOPS.

Media Contact
Melody Meyer, Director of Marketing
509.574.5128 | melody.meyer@ychhops.com