Twin Cities Business (TCB) magazine recently honored Cherne Industries with a 2023 Manufacturing Excellence Award for growth and innovation. Part of the Oatey Co. family of companies, Cherne Industries is the industry-leading manufacturer of test plugs and testing equipment for residential, commercial, industrial. and municipal piping systems.

The TCB Manufacturing Excellence Awards recognize excellence in manufacturing related to product design and engineering, manufacturing processes, business operations, human capital, logistics and supply-chain management, local manufacturing, and/or product or niche uniqueness.

In March 2021 Cherne completed a historic move of its headquarters and manufacturing operations—its first in more than 60 years—to a newly constructed 130,000-square-foot facility in Shakopee, Minnesota, 25 miles southwest of downtown Minneapolis. The manufacturing portion of the new headquarters was built to Cherne’s exacting specifications by the OPUS Group, as management sought to more fully integrate all its operations under one roof.

The new facility features best-in-class robotic and automation manufacturing technology that ensures safety, durability, and performance. The facility also includes an R&D laboratory for product testing, extensive customer training facilities, and an in-house machine shop.

“We are very proud to be recognized by Twin Cities Business for Cherne’s innovation and growth in the local manufacturing community,” says Steve Carlson, manager of manufacturing operations at Cherne Industries. “This recognition demonstrates the enduring strength of the Cherne brand, our commitment to quality and the incredible work our talented associates do each and every day.”

Cherne is featured in the 2023 February/March issue of Twin Cities Business and was honored at the Manufacturing Excellence Awards event on March 9 in Minneapolis.