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Meet the 2015 IndustryWeek Best Plants Award Winners: Champions of Manufacturing

Jan. 19, 2016
IndustryWeek recognizes eight North American manufacturing plants that exemplify excellence in manufacturing.

IndustryWeek recognizes that anything is possible when astute manufacturing leaders and motivated employee teams set their minds to working smarter and getting better.

And each year, manufacturing plants across North America demonstrate the truth of those words by improving quality, reducing cycle times, forging partnerships with their suppliers and customers – in short, creating cultures of excellence that deliver outstanding performances and continue to seek the next opportunity to improve.

It's not easy, but the best manufacturing facilities rise to the challenge.

Such manufacturing facilities deserve recognition, and IndustryWeek is pleased to help spread the word. It is our honor to announce the winners of the 2015 IW Best Plants Awards competition.  

This 26th class of IndustryWeek Best Plants Award winners includes, in alphabetical order:

Applied Technical Services Corp.
Everett, Wash.

Bard Shannon Ltd.
Humacao, Puerto Rico

Camcraft Inc.
Hanover Park, Ill.

Carrier Transicold North America
Athens, Ga. 

DePuy Synthes
Raynham, Mass.

MasterCraft Boat Company
Vonore, Tenn.

Pratt & Whitney – North Berwick Parts Center
North Berwick, Maine

Easton, Pa.

“Their drive for continuous improvement in all phases of their operations is a testament to the commitment of their managers and employees to combine talent, technology and operational excellence to meet the needs of demanding customers here and around the world,” says Patricia Panchak, IndustryWeek’s Editor-in-Chief. “IndustryWeek salutes the accomplishments of the 2015 IW Best Plants.”

The 2015 class of IW Best Plants winners demonstrates that manufacturing excellence spans the breadth of North America, from Washington state in the west to Puerto Rico in the east. The products they manufacture are equally varied, from medical devices and aerospace components to ductile iron couplings and valves, wakeboard and ski boats, and more.

What they all share is a commitment to excellence.

The 2015 IW Best Plants winners will be honored during an awards ceremony at the 2016 IndustryWeek Manufacturing & Technology Conference & Expo, where they also will share their stories of operational excellence and continuous improvement. The conference is May 3-5 in Rosemont, Ill.

Their stories will appear in the April/May issue of IndustryWeek and will begin posting online February 16 at

Established in 1990, the IndustryWeek Best Plants Awards annually salutes outstanding North American manufacturing facilities. It 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.

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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