Novolex named 2017 Kentucky Large Manufacturer of the Year

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We’re proud to announce that our Duro facilities in Northern Kentucky (Florence & Richwood) have received the 2017 Manufacturer of the Year Award from the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM).

KAM recognizes leading manufacturing companies in the state for:

  • Innovative and entrepreneurial leadership with regard to products & production methods
  • Recognized leadership in making a key contribution to the quality of life in the Commonwealth and the community
  • Active involvement in organizations that advance industry and manufacturing

Members of our team were on hand and honored to receive the award from KAM.

Kentucky Team

(L to R: Mike Samardzija, Director WHS Management & Fulfillment – Duro; Kevin Burnett, VP Financial Planning & Analysis – Duro; Ben Mascarello, Chief Operating Officer – Novolex; Laura Peck, Controller – Duro;  John Veder, Director of Innovation – Paper Products – Novolex; Marian Yelton, Sr. Administrative Assistant – Duro; Ted Jackson, VP Operations – Duro; John Owens, Florence Plant Manager – Duro; Chris Karwacki, VP Paper Sourcing & Supply Chain – Novolex; Chris Wales, Director, Corporate Quality – Novolex; Rick Starling, Director of Environmental Compliance – Novolex; Robert Wilson, Pre-Production Control & Portfolio Manager – Duro.)


This award would not be possible without the hundreds of dedicated employees in our Florence and Richwood facilities. We are thankful for their constant diligence and determination, and are thrilled to see their hard work has been rewarded.

We look forward towards the future as we further innovate our manufacturing process and products in order to provide the best service to our customers.