This is the firm’s fifth award for business excellence in the last 12 months.

Cleveland, Ohio / News Release – Magnus is pleased to announce that we’ve won a 2012 NEO Success Award from Inside Business magazine.

Established in 1995, the NEO Success Awards program annually recognizes top-performing organizations in Northeast Ohio.

According to the magazine, winning companies reflect a determination to expand and revitalize the economic status of the region.

Eric Lofquist

Eric Lofquist, Co-owner, President & CEO

The award is unique in its combined measurement of sales, employment and profitability.

In order to win this year’s NEO Success honor, companies had to show, at minimum, either revenue or employment growth over the last three years, while not losing more than 5 percent in either category.

Performance standards were adjusted downward slightly to account for harsh economic conditions, but Magnus demonstrated significant growth in sales, employment and profitability for the 2009 through 2011 period.

The NEO Success accolade is Magnus’ fifth business excellence award since its 2007 inception and the fourth in just the last 12 months. The company has also won three Smart Business Evolution of Manufacturing Awards and a Smart Business Innovation in Business Award.

Scott Forster

Scott Forster, Co-Owner, Vice President & COO

The 2012 NEO Success Awards luncheon is March 22 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights. Get your tickets here. Winning companies will be featured in the March/April issue of Inside Business.

Magnus owners Eric Lofquist and Scott Forster, who are president/CEO and vice president/COO respectively, will be among company leaders and associates in attendance at the event.

“The awards programs are a great reminder that there is plenty of good news to be celebrated in the Northeast Ohio business community,” says Forster. “It’s inspiring to gather with other companies that share our optimism for the continued success and vitality of the region.”

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