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RACINE – Fischer USA and Malicki’s Piggly Wiggly will be among the honorees at the 2022 Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce (RAMAC) Business Awards Dinner next month. The dinner – a recognition of excellence and achievement – is planned for Thursday, April 28 at Roma Lodge, 7130 Spring St.

Fischer USA Inc. – Credit: Fischer USA

Fischer USA, 3715 Blue Ridge Ave., will be honored as Manufacturer of the Year. The company produces and repairs high-speed spindles used in aerospace and a variety of other manufacturing segments. A division of Fischer Spindle Group of Switzerland, the company completed a $3 million, 10,000-square-foot expansion in 2019. It has about 60 employees.

Malicki’s Piggly Wiggly, 5201 Washington Ave., will be honored as Small Business of the Year. Operated by Ralph Malicki and family since May 2011, the business is known for its broad community involvement. Owner Ralph Malicki is active in the Racine County Food Bank, Hunger Task Force and other organizations. The store also hosts a weekly Veterans Café gathering for local veterans and provided jobs for service industry personnel displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Malicki Piggly Wiggly – Credit: Racine County Eye

Other RAMAC Business Awards honorees are: Russ Weyers of Pioneer Products, Business Person of the Year; Racine Metal Fab, Judy Moungey Award for Youth Apprenticeship; Baby Express Racine, Apollo Award sponsored by Racine County, and Gateway Technical College, Ascension Wisconsin Employer Solutions Award.

Tickets are $65 per person or $440 for a table of eight (RAMAC members). Nonmembers are $80. The event starts at 4:45 p.m. with networking and a cash bar followed by dinner at 5:45 p.m. Registration deadline is April 18. Register online on the RAMAC website.


Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce (RAMAC) marks its 40th anniversary this year. It was created in the spring of 1982 with the merger of the Racine Chamber of Commerce and the Manufacturers Association of Racine. Offices are at 300 Fifth St.

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