Ernst & Young announced that Aaron Jagdfeld, CEO of Generac Power Systems, Waukesha, Wis., received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Award in the manufacturing category in the Upper Midwest. The award recognizes “outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.” Jagdfeld was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala on June 14 at the Marriott City Center in Minneapolis.

“It's an honor to have been selected for this award,” Jagdfeld said. “The manufacturing sector is experiencing a strong rebound in the United States. I'm proud to be a part of a company whose entrepreneurial spirit is helping lead growth in this important part of the economy.”

As an Upper Midwest award winner, Jagdfeld is now eligible for consideration for the National Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Award. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the National Entrepreneur of the Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, Calif., on Nov. 17, 2012.