ST. GEORGE – St. George-based Wilson Electronics was recognized during the recent Utah Manufacturers Association 109th Annual Banquet as Manufacturer of the Year.
Wilson was honored in the category for companies with 201 to 500 employees, said Lisa Stewart, continuous improvement manager for Wilson Electronics.
The company and three others were honored for “outstanding performance in operational performance and best practices, economic achievement, workplace safety, community and state involvement, public outreach and fidelity to the principles of free enterprise,” according to an association press release.
“It makes us feel pretty good,” she said “It’s been a good year.”
Stewart said the entire company has worked hard to make it what it is today, which is so much more than an industrial venture.
“It’s kind of misleading,” Stewart said. “We are so much more than manufacturing.”
Jim Wilson created the company in 1999 and grew it into a company with more than 200 employees, she said. Now the company boasts 236 employees in Washington County.
The company has an average 28 percent growth annually, and in the past three years it increased production volume nearly 50 percent, according to the company.
“Sorenson Capital partners acquired Wilson in March 2013,” she said.
Since then, Stewart said the company has been going through a lot of changes, including creating sales offices and design centers in Dallas, Atlanta, Minneapolis and another office in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia as well as Ontario, Canada.
“We have grown quite a bit, and virtually every aspect of the business has been transformed,” she said. “It’s been a fun journey.”
Stewart said Wilson Electronics has become Washington County’s largest private employer in manufacturing.
The company specializes in cellular signal boosters, lessening the amount of dropped calls and increasing cell phone range, according to the press release.
Wilson’s portfolio includes a variety of amplifiers, antennaes and related components, all of which significantly improve fixed and mobile cellular communications applications worldwide, according to the company.