Eric Lofquist

Eric Lofquist, Co-owner, President & CEO

Cleveland, Ohio / News Release — Magnus International Group has been selected for its second Smart Business Evolution of Manufacturing Award, an honor given to top-performing area companies for their ability to be positioned for the future and keep manufacturing strong and viable in Northeast Ohio. Smart Business Network, Inc. is a multimedia company with more than 20 years of experience producing quality news, marketing content and events.

Magnus won its first Evolution accolade for management expertise and entrepreneurship in 2009. Co-owners Eric Lofquist and Scott Forster, who are president/CEO and vice president/COO respectively, were recognized with 11 other companies on Feb. 17 at the 2011 Evolution of Manufacturing Conference presented by sponsor Hyland Software at their Westlake headquarters.

Magnus impressed Smart Business with the way it has adapted its manufacturing operations to compete in the global economy and how those changes have positively impacted the company’s operations, employment, product mix and sales.

Scott Forster

Scott Forster, Co-Owner, Vice President & COO

Magnus is uniquely engaged in businesses that transform natural oils into sustainable global products. The company has designed groundbreaking systems for salvaging materials otherwise cast aside.

Magnus develops and manufactures organic components for eco-friendly products such as natural animal feed ingredients, natural industrial and consumer waxes, alternative liquid fuels and freeze conditioning agents.

The organization’s proprietary technologies utilize locally supplied landfill gas as a substitute for natural gas. These pollution prevention and energy- and cost-saving initiatives are setting a new standard for sustainability.

Other sponsors of the Smart Business Evolution of Manufacturing Award included KeyBank, Herbruck Alder, Meaden & Moore,, Roetzel & Andress and Hughies.

Magnus is also being nominated for a Smart Business Innovation in Business Award for operating on the cutting edge of creativity in Northeast Ohio and for employing best management practices to stay on the forefront of technology. Innovation Award winners will be announced on Sept.15, 2011.

About Magnus International Group
Founded in 2007, Magnus International Group is an award-winning manufacturer and distributor of natural animal feed ingredients, natural consumer waxes and alternative fuels. The company creates these proprietary products under its Hardy Animal Nutrition and Hardy Industrial Technologies brands by refining discarded food industry raw materials such as fats, oils and greases.

Magnus’ corporate office is in Cleveland, Ohio, and the company’s 25-acre production facility is located in Painesville Township, Ohio. There are only about 12 oleochemical plants in the U.S. and none are known to operate as uniquely and flexibly as Magnus or create the same outputs from products that are otherwise landfill-bound. The company partners with some of the world’s largest food production and consumer products organizations.

Magnus Media & Marketing Contact:
Nicki Artese / 216-932-2168