Value-added Mfg. Alliance Names Manny Award Winner
Thompson Pump employee recognized for lifetime achievement in manufacturing
Dale Conway, vice president of engineering, Thompson Pump & Mfg. Co. Inc., was awarded the Value-added Mfg. Alliance (VMA) ‘Manny’ Award and has been inducted into the VMA Hall of Fame. The ‘Manny’ Award recognizes an individual for lifetime achievement in manufacturing.
Conway is a 30-year veteran of the pump manufacturing industry. He started his career at Thompson Pump in 1984 as a purchasing clerk and has since worked for the company in various positions including engineering apprentice and applications engineer. As vice president of engineering, Conway oversees all technical aspects of the business including manufacturing, engineering, quality assurance, research and development, and IT.
Conway led Thompson Pump in its successful effort to achieve ISO 9001:2008 quality certification for their Port Orange, Fla., manufacturing facility in 2009. He continues to direct the company’s efforts for ISO recertification and to initiate additional procedures contributing to the company’s growth and success.
Conway graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He is certified by the Florida State Board of Professional Engineers, holds numerous accreditations and currently has several pump related patents pending.
VMA is the only trade association for manufacturers in Volusia and Flagler counties, Florida. The association is based in Daytona Beach, Fla., and was founded by manufacturers, for manufacturers in 1980 for the purpose of providing information, education and networking opportunities to help manufacturers grow and succeed.