SOURCE: Managing Automation

October 17, 2007 17:44 ET

Managing Automation Announces Call for Nominations for the 2008 Progressive Manufacturing 50 Awards

Winners to Be Announced at the 2008 Progressive Manufacturing Summit & Awards in Las Vegas, June 10 - 12, 2008

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - October 17, 2007) - Managing Automation, a Thomas Publishing Company, LLC, publication, announced today that it is accepting nominations for its fourth annual Progressive Manufacturing 50 Awards Program, which supports and reflects the extensive push by manufacturers to improve competitiveness and capitalize on growth opportunities.

The Managing Automation Progressive Manufacturing 50 Awards will recognize 50 companies that have achieved distinction in at least one of the eight core disciplines defined by Managing Automation as critical to business success in the years ahead.

Managing Automation will also present High Achiever Awards to one company in each of the eight disciplines. In addition, one company will be chosen as the overall Progressive Manufacturer of the Year.

Since its inception in 2003, the Progressive Manufacturing concept -- which advocates manufacturing business transformation supported by advanced technology -- has been underpinned by a set of key business and transformation disciplines. The eight disciplines of Progressive Manufacturing are Business Model Mastery, Innovation Mastery, Customer Mastery, Supply Chain Mastery, Data & Integration Mastery, Training & Education Mastery, Leadership and Operational Efficiency.

Companies that are recognized in 2008 will join a prestigious group of previous award recipients, which include:

Livingston & Haven, for its Driving Efficiency project, aimed at ensuring the long-term health of manufacturing -- for itself and its customers.

IBM Integrated Operations Division, for its Transforming to a Globally Integrated Enterprise project.

Smead Manufacturing Co., for its CPFR Initiative to improve collaborative planning and customer service in response to a shift in its customer base to primarily superstore office products retail accounts.

Martinrea International Inc., for its Turning Data into Decision-Making Power project, whose objective was to collect manufacturing performance data that could improve all operations related to its automotive components production.

Avaya Inc., for its Servigistics Parts Planning initiative to integrate field demand and inventory.

Glatfelter, for its CLEAR initiative, a strategy to boost innovation and new product development, and accelerate time to market.

Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation, for its campaign.

VirTex Assembly Services, Inc., for its Green Manufacturing Initiative to upgrade its manufacturing equipment to protect the environment.

Tomasco Mulciber Inc., for its Plexus Online Implementation, an on-demand performance management system that provides a real-time, 24/7 view of company operations via a simple Web browser.

"These companies exemplify the best in manufacturing," explains David R. Brousell, Editor-in Chief of Managing Automation. "They are developing new ways of building products, bringing those products to market, and managing the relationships they need to succeed. They are masters of new ways of thinking about their companies, applying advanced technologies and achieving breakthroughs in the business of manufacturing."

The Progressive Manufacturing 50 will be honored at a gala dinner at the 2008 Progressive Manufacturing Summit & Awards, to be held June 10-12, 2008, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas. More than 200 manufacturing technology executives are expected to attend. The Progressive Manufacturing 50 as well as the 2008 High Achiever Award winners and Progressive Manufacturer of the Year will be recognized in Managing Automation's print and online properties. All Progressive Manufacturing 50 winners also are eligible to use the Progressive Manufacturing Award logo to communicate their achievement. All high achiever winners will receive an on-site presentation of the award by the Managing Automation Progressive Manufacturing Program team.

Selection Process and Award Categories

Companies or divisions/subsidiaries of companies based anywhere in the world are eligible to submit nominations for the fourth annual Progressive Manufacturing 50 Awards Program. A blue-ribbon panel of manufacturing industry experts will evaluate nominations to select the 50 companies that will be recognized, the eight category winners, high achievers in each category, and the Progressive Manufacturer of the Year.

Full details and nomination forms can be found at:

About Managing Automation

Managing Automation, published by Thomas Publishing Company, LLC, provides a complete set of decision-support informational tools for progressive manufacturers -- companies who are using information and automation technologies to transform their businesses and create a sustainable competitive advantage. Its monthly magazine, website, intelligent solutions database and executive conference reach the entire integrated technology buying team -- executives, line-of-business managers and IT management -- at every stage of the technology buying process. Additional information can be found at

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