IndustryWeek believes that amazing work is occurring within manufacturing facilities across North America every day.

And by "amazing work," IndustryWeek means manufacturing plants populated with strong leaders and engaged workforces collaborating to deliver quality products to meet their customers' needs and expectations.

"Amazing work" means manufacturing plants populated by teams that achieve excellence daily but who know that the next day is an opportunity to perform even better.

"Amazing work" means manufacturing plants that embrace their customers and suppliers as partners, deploy appropriate technologies, make safety a priority, and focus on continuous improvement.

IndustryWeek also believes such manufacturing excellence deserves recognition. IndustryWeek is pleased to announce the winners of the 25th IndustryWeek Best Plants competition, our annual salute to manufacturing excellence across North America.

The Silver Anniversary class of IndustryWeek Best Plants Award winners is, in alphabetical order:

Boston Scientific Maple Grove
Maple Grove, Minn.

Cessna Mexico
Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico

General Cable Corp. -- Marion Plant
Marion, Ind.

L.B. Foster Rail Technologies Corp.
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The Raymond Corp.
Greene, N.Y.

T&S Brass and Bronze Works
Travelers Rest, S.C.

"The 2014 IndustryWeek Best Plants winners are high achievers among North American manufacturing facilities, and we salute their accomplishments today -- knowing that tomorrow they will be working even harder to excel,” said Patricia Panchak, IndustryWeek’s editor-in-chief. "They demonstrate that operational excellence continues to thrive in manufacturing. It is our great pleasure to share their success stories.”

The manufacturing plants that comprise the 2014 class of IndustryWeek Best Plants winners span the breadth of North America, from Canada and the United States and south into Mexico. Likewise, they encompass a variety of industries, from aircraft parts and rail technologies to medical devices, forklift trucks, industrial cables, and foodservice and plumbing equipment.  

The 2014 winners will be honored during an awards ceremony at the 2015 IndustryWeek Best Plants conference, where they also will share their stories of operational excellence and continuous improvement. The conference is May 4-6 in Charlotte, N.C.

Their stories will appear in the January/February issue of IndustryWeek and post online February 3 at www.industryweek.com.

Established in 1990, the IndustryWeek Best Plants annual salute to outstanding North American manufacturing facilities recognizes plants that are on the leading edge of efforts to increase competitiveness, enhance customer satisfaction, and create stimulating and rewarding work environments. The program's additional purpose is to encourage other manufacturing managers and work teams to emulate the honorees by adopting world-class practices, technologies, and improvement strategies.