May 16, 2013
The Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA), Lansing, Mich., has named the winners of its 2013 John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Awards. The awards are given to manufacturers in recognition of their dedication to community service and their roles as symbols of positive work being done by the manufacturing industry.
John C. Kennedy has been recognized as the 2013 John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Large Tier Award winner for his service to the west Michigan community. During his years running Autocam Corp., Kennedy has transformed the Grand Rapids area with his philanthropy, hard work, and commitment. His involvement in Grand Rapids University Prep, Talent 2025, and the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership have allowed each program to excel.
Jonathan DeWys has been named the winner of the 2013 John G. Thodis Michigan Manufacturer of the Year Small Tier Award. By showcasing manufacturing’s potential, DeWys has helped Michigan's youth discover exciting, new opportunities. He founded DeWys University, a first-of-its-kind resource for career-focused training in manufacturing with partnerships with Grand Rapids Community College, Ferris State University, and Grand Valley State University.