2013 Governor's Award of Excellence Winner and Finalist Profiles
B&W Trailer Hitches (Winner)
B&W Trailer Hitches engineers and manufactures trailer hitches and aftermarket truck and trailer accessories, all of which are manufactured in the United States. Their products are designed to seamlessly integrate and enhance the use of trucks and the equipment that they tow. The Turnoverball gooseneck hitch, which revolutionized the industry two decades ago, is currently the number one selling gooseneck hitch in America.
Founded in Humboldt in 1988, B&W recently completed two expansions at its Kansas headquarters to increase the size of its facility to more than 270,000 square feet. The company currently employs 267 workers.
B&W has committed extensive resources to worker training programs as the company relies upon innovative technology for its advanced manufacturing. B&W also encourages employees to participate in local and regional leadership training programs.
The company and its employees remain active members of the Humboldt community. B&W works closely with the city to develop land for local retail stores and attractions. During the recent economic downturn when the company’s production demand was slow, B&W provided paid labor utilizing their employees for several community projects as a way to utilize their employees’ skills and retain them in the company.
Community National Bank and Trust
Community National Bank and Trust opened its doors in 1987 in Chanute and today has 26 banking facilities in 22 communities throughout southeast, south and central Kansas, managing more than $820 million in total assets. The bank provides full banking services and offers a wide array of deposit products, including key proprietary accounts created by the bank.
Recent growth has supported the addition of 51 new employees, bringing the bank’s total employment count in the state to more than 300. Employees participate in mentoring programs that allow them to earn career advancement opportunities. CNB&T also reimburses employees who take classes to further their education.
The bank participates in numerous programs and organizations that support secondary and post-secondary education. It is also active in supporting local groups, charities and economic development initiatives in the various Kansas communities that it serves.
The largest employer in Cowley County, Newell Rubbermaid is a global company that manufactures and markets a wide variety of products for home, office and commercial use on six continents. Rubbermaid acquired Winfield-based Gott Manufacturing in 1986, planting the company’s roots in the area.
As a result of recent expansion to accommodate new machinery and product lines, Newell Rubbermaid has added several hundred Kansas workers over the last few years, and now employs 800 in Cowley County.
Newell Rubbermaid offers its employees a wide variety of training programs, including business training, safety training and technical classes.
Both the company and its employees are very active in assisting the communities in Cowley County. The company supports local schools and numerous charities through campaigns and donations. It also encourages volunteerism by compensating employees while they are working on community projects.
Established in 1983, PTMW, Inc. is a service company that provides fabrication and manufacturing solutions for a customer base that stretches throughout North and South America. It is a major supplier of signal, communications, power and generator houses to the railroad industry, and provides similar products and services to utilities, power and telecommunications sectors.
A certified women’s business enterprise, PTMW employs 205 Kansans to serve its clients through the design and manufacture of original equipment.
PTMW has invested heavily in plant facilities since 2009 and has seen a corresponding increase in its sales. The company’s commitment to its employees includes access to training programs, reimbursement for completion of advanced training and offering wellness programs to support a healthy lifestyle.
PTMW is also active in workforce development programs with Washburn University, Washburn Technical Institute and USD 501, exposing adults and children to career paths in industry. The company is also very supportive of local animal shelters.
S and Y Industries
Sandy Foust opened S and Y Industries in 1984 by making circuit boards on the back porch of her Kansas farm house. The company eventually moved into a facility in the Winfield Industrial Park and has expanded multiple times to its present size of more than 50,000 square feet, where 100 S and Y employees service clients in the aerospace, medical, automotive, industrial and telecommunications sectors. The company has a broad range of capabilities, including engineering, assembly, inspection and testing.
A certified Women’s Business Enterprise, S and Y offers on-the-job soldering training and certification to employees. It also provides computer training programs and tuition reimbursement.
The company contributes to Southwestern College, Cowley College and Wichita State University booster clubs, as well as supports Winfield High School and charitable organizations in the Winfield area.