2012 Manufacturer of the Year

Janicki Industries, Sedro-Woolley

Janicki Industries is technically considered a high-tech manufacturer, but the company really defies classification. Most of its customers do not come with a specific product in mind, but rather with a complicated engineering problem that needs solving. Janicki’s engineers then go about the work of solving it. The family-owned business has been rewarded for its effort. Founded in 1993, Janicki has grown rapidly over the last several years, expanding its operation in job-starved Skagit County, and opening a 100,000 square-foot manufacturing plant in Utah. Since 2007, Janicki has tripled its investment in manufacturing buildings and equipment as part of a strategic plan to support its growing customer base in aerospace, defense, marine, transportation alternative energy and other state-of-the-art composite programs. In 2009, with the U.S. mired in recession, Janicki expanded its sales efforts in Europe, and grew its export business from 9.4 percent of revenue to 26.5 percent.

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