Starkey Wins 2021 Manufacturer of the Year Award

Eden Prairie, MN – Starkey is pleased to announce it has been named a 2021 Manufacturer of the Year by the Manufacturers Alliance. The award was presented this week, during a ceremony in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. It celebrates and recognizes manufacturing excellence, as well as efforts to share improvement experiences with fellow manufacturers.

“As the world leader in manufacturing, we are proud of the entire Starkey team for their dedication to continuous improvement that allows us to serve our customers better than anyone,” said Starkey Chief Operating Officer Chris Hillman. “Our team is committed to delivering the best hearing experience possible — through the innovation of our products and the passion of our people.”

Last month, Starkey launched Evolv AI, the hearing industry’s most innovative line of hearing aids. It includes the industry’s smallest 2.4 GHz CIC, which is a first in custom manufacturing.

Evolv AI

Evolv AI Product Lineup

“Manufacturing has been at Starkey's core from day one,” said President and CEO Brandon Sawalich. “Being a leader in this space requires an unwavering willingness and commitment to step outside of our comfort zone and try new ways of doing things, on a regular basis. Even on the days when things don’t go as planned, this team is committed to troubleshooting and problem solving their way to an even better way of doing things. I am immensely proud of this award, for that very reason.”

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About Starkey

Starkey is a privately held, global hearing technology company headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Owned by Bill Austin since 1967, Starkey is known for its innovative design, development and distribution of comprehensive digital hearing systems. Led today by President and CEO Brandon Sawalich, Starkey has more than 5,000 employees, operates 28 facilities and does business in more than 100 markets worldwide. Learn more at