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2014 IndustryWeek Best Plants Finalists Named

Sept. 29, 2014
This annual salute to outstanding manufacturing has narrowed its search to 14 facilities across North America.

IndustryWeek congratulates the finalists of the 2014 IW Best Plants competition, which annually salutes excellence in manufacturing across North America.

This year's finalists represent manufacturing facilities across Canada, the United States and Mexico.

While they are located throughout North America, these finalist facilities share several common elements, including admirable performance metrics, comprehensive efforts to improve across the many functions that occur within a manufacturing plant, and engaged workforces.
From these finalists, IndustryWeek will choose the 2014 IW Best Plants winners, who will represent the 25th anniversary class of the IW Best Plants competition winners. The winning facilities will be profiled in the January 2015 issue of IndustryWeek and online at www.industryweek.com. They also will be honored at the 2015 IndustryWeek Best Plants conference, which will take place May 4-6 in Charlotte.  -- Jill Jusko

The 2014 finalists are:

Bard Shannon Ltd.
Humacao, Puerto Rico

Boston Scientific Maple Grove
Maple Grove, Minn.

Cessna Mexico
Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico

DePuy Synthes
Raynham, Mass.

Douglas Dynamics -- Milwaukee Facility
Milwaukee, Wisc.

Franklin Electric -- Linares
Linares, Nuevo León, México

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies, Lead Center Fluid Power Automotive -- Findlay
Findlay, Ohio

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

Intertape Polymer Group Inc.
Danville, Va.

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

MasterCraft Boat Co.
Vonore, Tenn.

The Raymond Corp.
Greene, N.Y.

Sparton Medical Systems 
Colorado LLC
Frederick, Colo.  

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

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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