OKAHUMPKA, Fla., May 1, 2014 –The prestigious awards program has honored Vac-Tron for excellence in two categories: “Product Leadership” for its work on the 2010 BP oil spill cleanup, which included the design and manufacture of industrial vacuums that collected oil from impacted beaches and waterways, and “Individual Project – Growth, Innovation, Leadership” in recognition of CEO and founder Don Buckner’s commitment to furthering the manufacturing industry.“It’s an incredible honor to be included among world-class leaders and companies that are taking innovation in manufacturing to the next level,” Buckner said. “Above all else, we consider it a testament to our team’s dedication to producing quality products that get the job done—while saving our customers time and money.”Since founding Vac-Tron in 1997, Buckner has grown the company to multimillion-dollar organization that has created more than 200 jobs (employees and subcontractors). He has been recognized with several honors, including being named Florida’s Entrepreneur of the Year and one of three finalists for the National Entrepreneur of the Year award by Ernst and Young (in conjunction with NASDAQ, CNN and USA Today). On July 4, 2013, Buckner unveiled his latest initiative: MadeInTheUSA.com, a website that features the country’s largest selection of American-made products.Buckner will accept the two awards at this year’s Manufacturing Leadership Summit, which will take place June 3-5 at The Breakers Resort in Palm Beach, Fla.About the Manufacturing Leadership AwardsThe Manufacturing Leadership Awards honor companies and individuals that are shaping the future of global manufacturing. Nominations are entered into 11 separate categories, and then evaluated and scored by a panel of expert judges. For more information and a complete list of 2014 winners, visit http://mlawards.gilcommunity.com.About Vac-Tron EquipmentVac-Tron Equipment, LLC, a division of American Manufacturing, offers a full line of industrial vacuums, potholing, daylighting, hydro-excavation, and air excavation equipment. Vac-Tron can also be used for directional drilling slurry removal, industrial cleanup, waste cleanup, lift-station cleanup, manhole clean-out, culvert clean-out, lateral and storm drain clean-out, oil spill cleanup and other natural disaster cleanup applications, power pole installation, signs and headstone setting.Vac-Tron’s industrial vacuum systems come in trailer-mounted or skid-mounted models. Vac-Tron’s industrial hydro excavators also come in gas, diesel, and super diesel models for use by public and private sectors.For more information, visit www.vactron.com.