Businesses and individuals from across the state were honored Thursday night at the B-29 Doc Hangar, Education and Visitors Center in Wichita for their outstanding contributions to Kansas communities and the state’s economy at the Kansas Department of Commerce’s 2023 To the Stars: Kansas Business Awards ceremony.
Governor Laura Kelly announced at the ceremony that Atwood-based SurePoint Ag Systems has won the 2023 Governor’s Award of Excellence and Tank Connection in Parsons earned the Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award.
“SurePoint Ag Systems and Tank Connection are both advanced manufacturing businesses having great success on the global stage,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “These companies, and all of the To the Stars nominees and award-winners, represent the best of Kansas business. Their success shows that the stars are truly the limit for businesses in our great state.”
A record 297 businesses, organizations and individuals were nominated in nine categories for this year’s To the Stars: Kansas Business Awards. Nominees were reviewed and scored for various criteria such as business expansion, employee recruitment and retention practices, training and educational programs, capital investments, and support of local community events. A total of 245 Merit Awards and 43 Regional Awards were presented at the event. Additionally, one nominee in each category was designated a Statewide Winner, making them finalists for the Governor’s Award of Excellence.
“The Kansas economy is booming because of these innovative entrepreneurs,” Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland said. “When we talk about Kansas being the best state in the nation to live, work and raise a family, we know it is possible because of great companies driving success in their communities. It is an honor to celebrate their achievements.”
The 2023 Governor’s Award of Excellence winner, SurePoint Ag Systems, was founded in 2007 in Atwood. SurePoint specializes in providing solutions for the control and application of liquid and dry fertilizer, seed and chemicals. Their goal is to help producers apply the right product, in the right place, at the perfect rate. With more than 70 full-time employees and numerous seasonal workers, SurePoint Ag Systems ships products all across North America, as well as internationally.
In addition, the following businesses and businesspeople were 2023 Statewide Award winners:
“This is the second consecutive year for Ellsworth County to receive the statewide award for our industry innovation. Ellsworth County continues to proudly represent the state, and we are honored to have such amazing innovators, economic drivers, and partners right here in our community,” said Stacie Schmidt, Executive Director of Grow Ellsworth County.
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MaiCo Industries Inc. is proud to announce that we have been officially certified by the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety as a Fabricator, meeting the quality and safety certification requirements for Multisided Tubular Pole Structures. A significant milestone in the continuing growth and success of our organization, this certification shows our commitment to providing the highest levels of service in steel fabrication and conduct in our business practices.
About LADBS Fabricator Certification
Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) sets the quality standard for fabricated structural steel in the city of Los Angeles and is recognized as the standard for certification programs in high seismic activity zones. Certification requires fabricators to meet a rigorous set of standards regarding quality, safety, administration, and training. As a Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety fabricator, we are subject to periodic audits and site inspections to make sure our Quality Management System is being successfully implemented throughout the company. Our Quality Management program includes internal onsite inspections, material verification, specific welding procedures, and yearly internal audits of our own practices to verify accuracy, conformance, and efficiency in our systems.
Cox Certified as a Quality Control Inspector for the
City of Los Angles Fabrication Projects
In addition, Dave Cox, our Plant Manager, was accepted as a Quality Control Inspector for projects produced by us for the City of Los Angeles. During our recent inspection by the LADBS, Dave scored in the top percentile on a quality control written test and received his certification in both the High Strength Steel and Unlimited Structural Steel categories with a specialty of Multi-sided Tubular Pole Structures.
About the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety
The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety encourages a "can do" attitude throughout the Department, which is reflected in their Customer Service Code of Conduct: “We advise, guide, and assist our customers to build safe, well, and fast; and continually improve customer service by being flexible, helpful, responsive, and courteous.”
Their mission is to protect the lives and safety of the residents and visitors of the City of Los Angeles and enhance the quality of life, housing, economic prosperity, and job creation citywide. Utilizing timely, cooperative, and transparent processes, the Department Advises, Guides, and Assists Customers to achieve compliance with the Building, Zoning, Plumbing, Mechanical, Electrical, Disabled Access, Energy, and Green codes and local and State law to Build Safe, Well, and Fast.
About MaiCo Industries Inc.
MaiCo manufactures steel poles, bridge tub girders, building structural steel, skid attachments and other specialty fabrication. Located in Ellsworth KS, MaiCo was founded in 1995, by Paul Mai. The original fabrication facility consisted of approximately 50,000 square feet and specialized in custom fabricated 3-plate beam frames. In 2001 MaiCo built a 50,000 square foot expansion on to the original facility to fabricate multi-sided poles. In 2014, an additional 15,000 square foot was added to the pole division, making the facility a total of 115,000 square foot.
In addition to MaiCo Industries earning certification by Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, we are certified by American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and our welders are certified per the American Welding Society’s (AWS) most current edition of the D1.1 and D1.5 welding code manuals in addition to being certified by the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) per the CSA Standard W47.1 MaiCo is also authorized to provide structural steel for highway infrastructure by the Departments of Transportation in: Kansas, Florida, Colorado, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Texas, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Arkansas and by Clark County, NV and The City of Phoenix