2018 Award Winner The 2018 Governor’s Award of Excellence, the highest award given to a business by the state, was bestowed upon McFarlane Aviation, Inc. of Baldwin City. McFarlane Aviation, Inc. is a family-owned manufacturer of replacement parts for Cessna, Piper, Grumman, Beechcraft and Ag-Cat airplanes, as well as experimental, homebuilt and LSA aircraft. In addition to producing high-quality replacement airplane parts, McFarlane distributes a variety of general aviation products and accessories. Previous Winners 2018: McFarlane Aviation, Inc. 2017: Cereal Ingredients, Inc. - Leavenworth 2016: Civic Plus - Manhattan 2015: ITC Great Plains - Dodge City 2014: Galaxy Technologies - Winfield 2013: B & W Trailer Hitches - Humboldt 2012: Nex-Tech, Inc. - Lenora 2011: AuBurn Pharmacy, Inc. - Garnett 2010: Landoll Corporation - Marysville 2009: BTI Greensburg - Greensburg 2008: Crossland Construction Company - Columbus 2007: Black & Veatch - Overland Park 2007: J-A-G Construction - Dodge City 2006: ICM - Colwich 2005: Watco Companies - Pittsburg 2004: Shelton Collision Repair - Derby 2003: Epic Touch Company - Elkhart 2002: Steel & Pipe Supply Company - Manhattan 2001: Capitol Federal Savings Bank - Topeka 2000: Olathe Health Systems - Olathe 1999: Midwest Energy, Inc. - Hays 1998: Taylor Forge Engineered Systems, Inc. - Paola 1997: Gates Rubber Company - Iola 1996: Koch Industries - Wichita 1995: Calibrated Forms, Inc. - Columbus Award History The awards program takes place each spring and invites individuals and organizations to nominate the proud Kansas businesses that contribute jobs and support their local communities. Finalists are recognized at the Team Kansas awards ceremony with the top nominee receiving the Governor's Award of Excellence. Purpose The intent of the program is to recognize Kansas businesses for their contributions to the local and state economy. Kansas businesses continue to be the foundation of our economy, communities and overall quality of life, and Business Appreciation Month is the state's way of recognizing Kansas businesses for all they do to keep Kansas strong.