Cleveland, Ohio / News Release — Magnus International Group has been selected for a 2012 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. This is the company’s third Evolution Award.

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Eric Lofquist

Eric Lofquist, Co-owner, President & CEO

Magnus also won Evolution accolades for management expertise and entrepreneurship in 2009 and 2011. Co-owners Eric Lofquist and Scott Forster, who are president/CEO and vice president/COO respectively, will be recognized with ten other companies on Feb. 16 at the 2012 Evolution of Manufacturing Conference at Hyland Software’s Westlake, Ohio, headquarters.

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

Scott Forster

Scott Forster, Co-Owner, Vice President & COO

Magnus is uniquely engaged in businesses that transform vegetable oils, oil and water emulsions, and renewable energies into natural, sustainable global products. The company has developed groundbreaking systems for salvaging materials otherwise cast aside. Currently, Magnus wholly owns and operates seven production companies under separate brand names.

The organization’s non-petroleum feedstocks are used to manufacture one-of-a-kind green products such as animal feed ingredients, industrial and consumer waxes, alternative liquid fuels and freeze conditioning agents. Magnus’ energy- and cost-saving initiatives are setting a new standard for environmental sustainability.

Sponsors of the Smart Business Evolution of Manufacturing Awards include Amware, Corporate College, Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc., Kaiser Permanente, KeyBank, Meaden & Moore,, Roetzel & Andress, Colortone Staging & Rentals and A Taste of Excellence.

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