Viking Masek Named Sheboygan County Manufacturer of the Year

Danielle Ohl

The Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce held its annual Chamber Champions Gala on February 21, 2017, hosting over 650 attendees to celebrate the achievements of Sheboygan County businesses. With 62 awards nominees in 11 different categories, the night was one of community pride and celebration. Viking Masek was honored to receive the award for Sheboygan County Manufacturer of the Year. 


Viking Masek President Rick Leonhard (left) and Vice-President Robb Leonhard (right)

Viking Masek was selected for this award based on their recent growth in many areas, including local job creation, expansion of their Oostburg facility, and increased sales as a result of unprecedented demand for their packaging equipment.  

During the company's acceptance speech, our late company President Rick Leonhard commented, "Ten years ago, Viking Masek was just a dream we discussed in a coffee shop, and here we are today. It's great when all the puzzle pieces finally come together. We are so thankful for our employees and our community who made this possible."


This year's Chamber Champions Award winners include:

  • Manufacturer of the Year: Viking Masek Global Packaging Technologies
  • Nonprofit Charity of the Year: Safe Harbor of Sheb. Co.
  • Retailer of the Year: Miesfeld’s Meat Market
  • Tourism Gem of the Year: The Osthoff Resort
  • Service Organization of the Year – for Profit: Champion Storage & Rental, LLC
  • Service Organization of the Year – Nonprofit: Sheboygan Senior Community
  • Working Together award: Red Raider Manufacturing
  • Ambassador of the Year: Chris Graeber
  • Chamber Superstar award: Laura Gumm
  • Culinary Star award: Black Pig
  • Friend of Tourism award: Miesfeld’s Lakeshore Weekend

Says Chamber Executive Director Betsy Alles of the event via The Sheboygan Press: “This remarkable event celebrates the best of the best. We recognize these leaders and their exemplary contributions to our county’s business culture and climate."