IW 2007 Best Plants Finalists Named

Sept. 18, 2007
Congratulations to these companies on their excellent performance metrics.

IndustryWeek's annual pursuit of manufacturing excellence across North America is once again underway. The 18th annual IW Best Plants competition, which names 10 winners every year, has narrowed its search to a group of finalists deserving of applause for the excellent performance metrics they have achieved and the unending pursuit of improvement that is part of their manufacturing DNA.

Finalists operate in industries as diverse as automotive, defense, food & beverage, health care, industrial products and printing. Finalists include representatives from Mexico and Canada, as well as the United States.

IndustryWeek will select 10 winners of the 2007 competition from this group of finalists. Profiles of the winning facilities will appear in the January 2008 issue of IndustryWeek.

Autoliv North America
Tremonton Initiator Facility
Tremonton, Utah

Batesville Casket Co.
Vicksburg Operations
Vicksburg, Miss.

Blue Bird North Georgia
Lafayette, Ga.

Cargill Corn Milling
Team Wahpeton
Wahpeton, N.D.

Donaldson Co. Inc.
Stevens Point, Wis.

DST Output of California LLC
El Dorado Hills, Calif.

DST Output East LLC
South Windsor, Conn.

General de Cable de Mexico del Norte S.A. de C.V.
Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico

General Cable
Indianapolis Compounds
Indianapolis, Ind.

Genlyte Group Inc.
Sparta, Tenn.

Hewlett-Packard/Americas' Software Manufacturing
Nashua, N.H.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control
Ocala Operations
Ocala, Fla.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control
Orlando, Fla.

Medrad Inc.
Heilman Center Plant
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Nordson Corp.
Swainsboro Assembly Facility
Swainsboro, Ga.

Northrop Grumman Corp.
Navigation Systems Division
Salt Lake City, Utah

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.
Suffern, N.Y.

Rieter Automotive
Canadian Carpet
London, Ont., Canada

Rockwell Collins
Decorah Operations
Decorah, Iowa

Talecris Biotherapeutics Inc.
Clayton, N.C.

Weir Minerals
North America-Hazleton
Hazleton, Pa.

2008 IW Best Plants Conference

Join hundreds of plant managers and other manufacturing decision-makers at the 6th annual IW Best Plants Conference to learn proven strategies, best practices and tools from the IW Best Plants winners and nearly 50 other continuous-improvement experts. This event will be held April 1-3, 2008, in Milwaukee. Please see the IW Best Plants Conference site for more information.

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Jill Jusko

Bio: Jill Jusko is executive editor for IndustryWeek. She has been writing about manufacturing operations leadership for more than 20 years. Her coverage spotlights companies that are in pursuit of world-class results in quality, productivity, cost and other benchmarks by implementing the latest continuous improvement and lean/Six-Sigma strategies. Jill also coordinates IndustryWeek’s Best Plants Awards Program, which annually salutes the leading manufacturing facilities in North America.

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