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Yaskawa Motoman awarded BBB top award

Yakasawa America Manufacturing Technician Todd Prenger works on the MA2010 welding Robot in the welding cell area. JIM WITMER/STAFF
Yakasawa America Manufacturing Technician Todd Prenger works on the MA2010 welding Robot in the welding cell area. JIM WITMER/STAFF

Yaskawa Motoman will be honored with the Better Business Bureau’s 11th annual Torch Award.

“We are extremely honored to accept the BBB’s Torch Award,” says Steve Barhorst, president and COO of Yaskawa Motoman. “We’re proud to be an integral member of the Miami Valley Region, and we’re extremely grateful to be recognized as an influential leader like the respected recipients before us. This award recognizes the efforts of our employees - the heart of our business and the source of our success and affirms our commitment to excellence that goes far beyond providing innovative automation solutions.”

Yaskawa Motoman will receive the top honor at BBB’s Eclipse Integrity Awards on Tuesday, July 28 at David H. Ponitz Sinclair Center, 444 W. Third St., Bldg. 12, Dayton.

The local Torch Award is dedicated to the legacy of great Miami Valley business pioneers, such as John Patterson, Wilbur and Orville Wright, Charles Kettering, Colonel Edward Deeds and most recently, Clay Mathile. It was through their efforts the Miami Valley has stood the test of time and recreated itself again and again.

The selection committee shared that Yaskawa Motoman’s application rose to the top of this year’s applications A global company with 350 employees at its headquarters in Miamisburg, Yaskawa Motoman is dedicated to solving manufacturing challenges through the implementation of robotics.

The company is committed to the region’s workforce — past, present and future — as demonstrated by its efforts to mentor people internally and externally. Through Yaskawa Academy, customers have access to over 75 different robotics instruction courses with hands-on training. Yaskawa Motoman employees participate in an internal career management program and can utilize the company’s tuition reimbursement program for continuing education credits.

Yaskawa Motoman also offers several certification programs designed for instructors of K-12 students, career tech and college undergraduates. It regularly hosts STEM-centric events, such as school/group tours through the facility and teaching local children about robotics at Tech Fest.

The company’s philanthropic efforts are also very generous. It established the IMPACT (Inspired Members Positively Assisting Communities Together) Corporate Giving Program to encourage and support giving, volunteering and involvement in the Greater Dayton Community through company-sponsored programs and initiatives.

Over the last several years, Yaskawa Motoman has donated over 900 hours of volunteer service to Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley, including 300+ volunteer hours for the Goodwill Easter Seals’ Radio Reading Services and also partnered with the American Red Cross to provide free smoke alarms for those who cannot afford to purchase them or for those who are physically unable to install them. Additional contributions include a year-round food drive to support The Foodbank and a semi-annual corporate blood drive for Community Blood Center. Each employee is offered four hours of volunteer time per year to assist a local charity of his or her choice.

The Torch Award was presented to the Dayton Dragons Professional Baseball Team in 2019. The honor will be passed to Yaskawa Motoman by Robert Murphy, president & general manager of the Dayton Dragons.

“Yaskawa Motoman, a leading manufacturer of robots and automation solutions, makes being a leader in the Miami Valley marketplace a priority. It’s created a legacy of ingenuity, leadership, generosity and mentorship, mirroring the values of this honor. All of us on the BBB team and board of directors are excited to honor Yaskawa Motoman with the prestigious Torch Award,” said John North, BBB president and CEO.