The awards are the state’s top business honors.
They were awarded as part of Business Appreciation Month, the Kansas Department of Commerce’s annual tribute to Kansas businesses for their contributions to the state.
Galaxy Technologies, founded in 1985 as Galaxy Tool, is a specialized blow molding manufacturing company in Winfield. It employs 210 people.
Kansas Aviation of Independence specializes in the repair and overhaul of engine accessories on business fixed wing and rotor aircraft. It installs parts on more than 12,000 aircraft engines a year. It employs 81 people.
Finalists for the Governor’s Award of Excellence include Benefit Management in Great Bend, Grandstand Glassware & Apparel in Lawrence, Geary Community Hospital in Junction City and LifeTeam in Newton.
Finalists for the Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award were Balco Inc., in Wichita, GT Manufacturing in Clay Center, Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics in Wichita and Swift Bullet Co. in Quinter.