IndustryWeek's annual search for North American manufacturing excellence has been narrowed to the following group of finalists for IW's 2011 Best Plants competition. All demonstrate strong manufacturing performances and an unwavering pursuit of continued improvement. IndustryWeek will select the 2011 IW Best Plants winners from this group. Profiles of the winning facilities will appear in the January 2012 issue of IndustryWeek and atwww.industryweek.com.

The 2011 finalists are:

Boeing Philadelphia
Ridley Park, Pa.

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies
Tukwila, Wash.

Carrier Collierville
Collierville, Tenn.

Ethicon Inc.
Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico

General Cable Corp. -- Lawrenceburg Plant
Lawrenceburg, Ky.

General Cable Corp. -- Lincoln, Rhode Island
Lincoln, R.I.

John Deere Horicon Works
Horicon, Wis.

Klein Steel Service
Rochester, N.Y.

L.B. Foster Co., Allegheny Rail Products
Pueblo, Colo.

La-Z-Boy Tennessee
Dayton, Tenn.

Life Technologies
Austin, Texas.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control
Lufkin Operations
Lufkin, Texas

Madico Inc.
Woburn, Mass.

Snap-on Tools
Elkmont, Ala.

Swagelok Co. Main Plant
Solon, Ohio

Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg. Inc.
Columbus, Ind.

See Also:
Why Training Fails to Deliver

About the IW Best Plants Program

2010 IW Best Plants Winners