evolution_250x250Cleveland, Ohio / News Release — Magnus International Group has been selected for a 2014 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 11th business award overall and fourth Evolution of Manufacturing designation. Other distinctions for Magnus include regional and national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® awards and a No. 1 position on the Weatherhead 100 list of Northeast Ohio’s fastest-growing companies.

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.

Eric Lofquist, Magnusco-owner, president & CEO

Eric Lofquist, Magnus
Co-owner, President & CEO

Among its recent accomplishments, Magnus invested substantially in a new, one-of-a-kind prill tower to manufacture a variety of products, including exclusive, solid animal feed ingredients. The new operation poises the company for continued diversity in groundbreaking sustainable products development.

Company co-owners Eric Lofquist and Scott Forster will be recognized with other winners on Feb. 20 at the Evolution of Manufacturing Conference, which will be held at Cuyahoga Community College’s Advanced Technology Training Center in Cleveland.

Scott Forster

Scott Forster, Magnus
Co-owner, VP & COO

“We’re looking forward to celebrating the unique achievements of leading area manufacturers,” said Scott. “It’s inspiring to see other thriving companies that are adding vitality to the local economy.”

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

Magnus’ corporate office is in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and the company’s 25-acre production facility is located nearby 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 often landfill-bound. The company partners with some of the world’s largest food industry and consumer products organizations.

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