2022 Minnesota Family Business Awards

Honoring companies with long-term success in a changing marketplace
2022 Minnesota Family Business Awards

The 2022 Minnesota Family Business Award winners have demonstrated they can survive a pandemic, the Great Recession, and other obstacles tossed in front of them. The companies being recognized this year have been doing business from 32 to 76 years, with three of them being founded shortly after the end of World War II.

The longevity of these businesses is a testimony to their ability to produce superior products and services and adapt to the ever-changing marketplace. Company leaders also have successfully navigated the challenges of working with relatives, who they see inside and outside the business setting. They know how to build personal and working relationships that endure.

This year’s honorees come from industries as varied as trucking, engineering, and telecommunications, but they all share a respect for legacy that motivates them to not only maintain but also grow their respective companies. We share the stories and strategies of how they’re building on tradition and planning for the future.

In addition to five winners and five finalists, Twin Cities Business is recognizing Larry Hause with the Hubler Award, given each year to a person who has made exceptional contributions to the betterment of Minnesota family businesses.

The honorees of the 2022 Minnesota Family Business Awards were evaluated on their management, governance, organizational structure, transition plan, success, and other key factors. Our selection committee included Tom Hubler, owner, Hubler for Business Families; Jessica Manivasager, shareholder, Fredrikson & Byron; Paddy McNeely, chairman and CEO, Meritex Enterprises; Jon Keimig, Family Business Center director, University of St. Thomas; Allison Kaplan, editor-in-chief, Twin Cities Business; and Shelly Elmore, publisher, Twin Cities Business.

We formally honored this year’s winners at an event at Quincy Hall on Oct. 19.

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