A Beatrice manufacturer was one of two companies recognized at the state level by the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Exmark was named the Large Manufacturer of the Year, an award presented earlier this month.

“It is obviously a big honor to be selected by the state chamber for this award,” said Exmark general manager Judy Altmaier. “It was unexpected. This was not something you fill out an application for and self promote. It was particularly nice to be honored this month, with October being manufacturing month, officially declared by Gov. Ricketts.”

The award was presented during the annual Manufacturing and Distribution Executive Summit held at CenturyLink Center Omaha on Oct. 12.

Garner Industries of Lincoln was also recognized as the mid-size manufacturer of the year.

Exmark,which makes commercial lawn mowers and other turf care equipment, has more than 500 employees at its manufacturing facility in Beatrice.

Altmaier said the company’s commitment to quality, and also the community were characteristics that help the company stand out at the state level.

“We really are very proud of our products and the people that are involved in the manufacture, and also the design, marketing, selling and all the aspects that go into creating and presenting a product to the end user,” she said. “It really is all about the people, ingenuity and the passion about a product.

“Another thing that stands out is our dedication to the communities that we live and work in. we’re very strong volunteers…I think our name very well known for things we do, not just by employment but by the community service we provide.”

The state chamber has presented the awards annually since 2008 to Nebraska manufacturers that successfully implement innovative ways of conducting business through the use of new products, processes, technologies and strategies.

“We take great pride in honoring Exmark Manufacturing and Garner Industries with this award,” Barry Kennedy, president of the Nebraska Chamber, said in a news release. “Manufacturing is our state’s second-largest industry and a key to Nebraska’s economic growth. Both of these companies are innovation leaders in Nebraska’s manufacturing sector.”

Reach Scott Koperski at scott.koperski@beatricedailysun.com. Follow him on Twitter @ScottKoperski.