IndustryWeek Names 2010 Best Plants Finalists

Medical products, automotive industry equipment, electronics for the defense industry, and furniture, burial caskets and power tools are among the products manufactured by the 2010 class of finalists.

Manufacturing excellence perseveres even in the wake of turbulent economic conditions. So demonstrate the 20 finalists in IndustryWeek's 2010 Best Plants competition, IW's annual salute to manufacturing excellence and dedication to continuous improvement. Now in its 21st year, the search for 10 winning manufacturing facilities from across North America has been narrowed to this group of 20 finalists.

Finalists in the 2010 competition represent all countries that comprise North America. In the United States, only two states -- Massachusetts and North Carolina -- lay claim to more than a single finalist: Both have two. Otherwise, U.S. finalists range as far east as North Berwick, Maine, and as far west as Austin, Texas. Canada lays claim to a single finalist, while Mexico has three representatives among this year's finalists.

Medical products, automotive industry equipment, electronics for the defense industry, and furniture, burial caskets and power tools are among the products manufactured by the 2010 class of finalists.

IndustryWeek will select 10 winners of the 2010 competition from this group of finalists. Profiles of the 10 winning facilities will appear in the January 2011 issue of IndustryWeek as well as at www.industryweek.com. They also will be honored at the 2011 IW Best Plants conference, slated for April 4-6, 2011, in Atlanta.

The 2010 finalists are:

Alcoa Mount Holly
Goose Creek, S.C.

Alcoa Wheel Products Mexico
Cienega de Flores, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

American Axle & Manufacturing-Three Rivers Manufacturing Facility
Three Rivers, Mich.

Avery Dennison Office Products de Mexico S. de R.L. de C.V
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Batesville Casket Co.
Vicksburg Operations
Vicksburg, Miss.

Bunge Oakville
Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Carlisle Construction Materials
Greenville, Ill.

Carrier Charlotte Chiller Operations
Charlotte, N.C.

General Cable Franklin Plant
Franklin, Mass.

General Cable Corp.-Lawrenceburg Plant
Lawrenceburg, Ky.

Hearth & Home Technologies
Lake City, Minn.

IEC Electronics Corp.
Newark, N.Y.

L-3 SPD Electrical Systems
Philadelphia, Pa.

Landis+Gyr
Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico

La-Z-Boy Tennessee
Dayton, Tenn.

Life Technologies
Austin, Texas

Pratt & Whitney, North Berwick
Parts Center
North Berwick, Maine

Raytheon Integrated Air Defense Center
Andover, Mass.

Snap-on Power Tools
Murphy, N.C.

Swagelok Co. Main Plant
Solon, Ohio

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