IndustryWeek has narrowed its annual search for North American manufacturing excellence to the following group of finalists for IW’s 2012 Best Plants competition. Their finalist selections are based on strong manufacturing performances as well as a comprehensive focus on continuous improvement.

IndustryWeek will select the winners of the 2012 IW Best Plants competition from this pool of finalists. Profiles of the winning facilities will appear in the January 2013 issue of IndustryWeek and at

2012 IW Best Plants Finalists:

CNH Wichita Product Center
Wichita, Kan.

CXT Concrete Ties, an L.B. Foster Co
Spokane, Wash.

Carrier Corp.
Indianapolis, Ind.

Ethicon LLC
San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico

Franklin Electric
Linares, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

General Cable Automotriz S.A. de C.V.
Jiutepec, Morelos, Mexico

Greatbatch Medical Mexico
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

H.C. Starck
Euclid, Ohio

Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Vehicle Operations
York, Pa.

Harris Products Group, a Lincoln Electric Co., Mason Plant
Mason, Ohio

Kelly Aviation Center, a Lockheed Martin Affiliate
San Antonio, Texas

La-Z-Boy Tennessee
Dayton, Tenn.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Pike County Operations
Troy, Ala.

Meritor Inc.
Plainfield, Ind.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Asheville LLC
Asheville, N.C.

Wabash National Corp.
Lafayette, Ind.

Warren Rupp, Inc.
Mansfield, Ohio


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