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2019 IW Best Plants Award Winners: A Salute to Excellence

Feb. 25, 2020
IndustryWeek is pleased to showcase top performers in North American manufacturing. Meet our 30th class of honorees.

Excellence doesn't come easy. It's a challenge to achieve, and it's an even bigger challenge to maintain.

We at IndustryWeek know this to be true. Over the years our editors have been in hundreds of North American manufacturing facilities. We've watched and heard and learned about good manufacturing companies that are building workforces of hard-working employees, growing their competitiveness, learning from their mistakes and trying to do things right. We applaud their efforts.

We also know that there are manufacturing facilities that are doing even more. These manufacturers are delivering truly exceptional performances. They are creating rich, rewarding work environments internally and nurturing partnerships up and down the supply chain. They have embraced technologies that help them grow but never forget that people make the difference. These manufacturing plants know they must be better tomorrow than they are today, and never aim for less. These manufacturers recognize that excellence doesn't come easy.

These facilities are truly exceptional performers.

IndustryWeek's annual quest to find and highlight these exceptional performers has concluded. We are pleased and honored to announce the 2019 IndustryWeek Best Plants Awards winners. They are:

All Metals Fabricating
Allen, Texas

Polamer Precision Inc.
New Britain, Conn. 

SSP Fittings Corp.
Twinsburg, Ohio

These exceptional manufacturing facilities represent our 30th class of IndustryWeek Best Plants winners.

"IW Best Plants winners represent the pinnacle of manufacturing excellence—by combining lean principles, modern technology and teams empowered to make critical process improvements, these plants are able to achieve world-class results," says Travis Hessman, IndustryWeek editor-in-chief. "This 30th class of winners is no different.  Together, they present a new standard in operational excellence, offering a new set of best practices that can help achieve higher quality and greater productivity for the entire manufacturing industry."

The IndustryWeek Best Plants Awards program started in 1990 to discover, showcase and share exceptional manufacturing performers and performances. It is an annual competition that seeks comprehensive excellence across multiple fronts, from leadership, teamwork, and quality, to safety and plant-floor production. The 2019 winners demonstrate excellence in all of these areas. Moreover, they don't mistake excellence for perfection. Continuous improvement is built into their very makeup.

IndustryWeek will tell the stories of the 2019 IW Best Plants winners in the March/April print publication, and we will post the articles of each individual manufacturing plant online beginning the week of March 1. Our wish is for their stories to motivate your own efforts to grow and improve, to tap the wealth of talent within your own organizations, to pump up your own drive to be the best.

It is our honor to share their stories.

Meet the Winners in Orlando

The 2019 IW Best Plants winners will be honored during a luncheon awards ceremony at Manufacturing & Technology 2020, an IndustryWeek event, rescheduled for December 1-3 in Orlando. Come hear their stories and learn from their achievements.

2020 IW Best Plants Competition

Applications for the 2020 IndustryWeek Best Plants Awards competition are available. Register here to receive a 2020 entry form. Registering and downloading an application does not obligate you to enter the competition, but it will show you the breadth of information we request from our IW Best Plants Award winners.

About the Author

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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