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Tranzonic Companies names Michael Blanchard as Knoxville employee of the year

February 14, 2019

The Tranzonic Companies has named special projects manager Michael Blanchard as its first employee of the year at its Knoxville facility.

Michael Blanchard
Tranzonic Companies

Based in Cleveland, Ohio, The Tranzonic Companies was founded nearly a century ago and manufactures and distributes wiping cloths, personal hygiene products, textiles, washroom supplies and accessories, wiping and cleaning supplies, and safety products. The Knoxville facility, located off Hardin Valley Road, is the largest manufacturing and distribution site for The Tranzonic Companies.

“Our Knoxville facility underwent a lot of changes in the past year in work processes and team culture, and Mike responded every time with values that our company upholds,” said Brian Rhoades, vice president of operations for Tranzonic. “He has embraced the changes, maintained a positive attitude and remained a dependable team member, all while keeping his excellent work ethic. I’m so glad that we get to honor Mike with this well-deserved award.”

In 2018, the company started recognizing employees through a new employee of the month program, honoring 22-year employee Blanchard with that award in August. He was nominated and recognized by the company and his peers for contributing to the evolving culture of the company.

Blanchard was celebrated at an event at the facility on Feb. 14. Program participants included LeeAnn Foster, head coach of Team Foster HR Strategy, and Kim Evans, client advisor and relationship consultant. Rhoades spoke about the company’s vision and values and its motto of Better Way, Every Day. Dr. Jerry Punch, a national sports broadcaster, communications strategist and physician, provided the keynote address on values, leadership, teamwork and success.

About The Tranzonic Companies

Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, and founded nearly a century ago, The Tranzonic Companies manufactures and distributes wiping and cleaning supplies; personal hygiene products; textiles; washroom supplies and accessories; and safety products to the away-from-home market. The Knoxville location is the largest manufacturing and distribution facility for The Tranzonic Companies. For more information, visit