The 2007 award was presented to Morris Yachts general manager Will Ratcliff as a large group of employees looked on. Just moments before, ventilation fans had been humming and tools whirring as work progressed on several hulls in the shop. But all was quiet as the governor congratulated the workers and noted the importance of the marine industry to the Maine economy, adding that he believes Morris is the "gold standard" for boat building.
Following the awards presentation, employees eagerly led visitors through several sailboats in different stages of construction, pointing with pride to some of the details that go into the fiberglass hulls and interior woodwork of a Morris sailboat. After brief refreshments, the team seemed eager to get back to what they clearly enjoy doing: building boats.