New North Workplace Excellence Award

people practices driving business results

The New North Workplace Excellence Award is presented by New North, Inc. and Keystone Partners to organizations located within the 18-county New North region. The award recognizes organizations that improve their competitive advantage through people practices that lead to successful business results.


  • Orientation & Assimilation
  • Recruitment, Selection & Retention
  • Culture Management
  • Alignment & Engagement
  • Development/Performance Management
  • Employee Communication
  • Succession/Knowledge Transfer
  • Exit (Retirement or Outplacement)



  • Savings: Financial & Cost Efficiencies
  • Growth: Financial & Customer Growth
  • Increased Profitability

Organizations located within the 18-county New North region are eligible to apply. This includes companies that have a division or location within the New North, but are not necessarily headquartered in the New North.

The 18 counties include: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Marquette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Sheboygan, Waupaca, Waushara, and Winnebago.

The New North Workplace Excellence Award application process will consist of three phases:

Phase I                Organizations complete brief statement of consideration (500 words or less). Download Form HERE.

Phase II               Organizations meeting Phase I requirements will be notified and invited to submit a detailed application.

Phase III              Organizations meeting Phase II requirements will become finalists and a site visit will be conducted by members of the judges committee to select winner(s).

Important Dates and Information*
  • Oct. 6, 2023    Phase 1 responses due by 5 p.m. CDT.
  • Oct. 27, 2023  Organizations moving onto Phase 2 will be notified.
  • Jan. 26, 2024  Phase 2 applications due by 5:00PM CDT.
  • Feb. 16, 2024  Phase 3 finalists notified and site visits are scheduled during March and early April 2024.


2024 New North Workplace Excellence Award Winners

NEW NORTH, June 6, 2024 – Schreiber Foods, a global food and beverage company committed to enhancing its company-wide diversity, has been named as the winner of the 2024 New North Workplace Excellence Award. Selected from nominated companies through a multi-phase evaluation process, representatives from the firm were presented the award at the New North Summit, held June 6 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

The honor recognizes organizations in the region that are improving their competitive advantage through people practices which lead to successful business outcomes. Award submissions are evaluated on two primary criteria: People Practices and Business Practices. The Workplace Excellence Award is a collaboration between New North Inc. and Keystone Partners.

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Past Award Recipients:

  • Schreiber Foods
  • CLA (Clifton Larson Allen) & Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry
  • J.F. Ahern Co.
  • Wipfli
  • Integrity Insurance
  • Schneider
  • American Transmission Company
  • Expera Specialty Solutions
  • Werner Electric
  • Foth
  • Oshkosh Corporation
  • US Venture, Inc.
  • ThedaCare
  • Miller Electric Mfg. Co.
  • Bassett Mechanical
  • Hoffman LLC
  • J. J. Keller & Associates
  • Nicolet Plastics
  • Mid-States Aluminum Corporation
  • Skyline Technologies
  • Tank Technology
  • Holy Family Memorial, Inc.
  • Schneider National, Inc.
  • Goodwill Industries of North Central WI, Inc.
  • McCain Foods USA, Inc.
  • Miles Kimball Company

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