SOURCE: Managing Automation

April 30, 2007 19:52 ET

Managing Automation Announces Winners for the 2007 Progressive Manufacturing 50 Awards

Winners to Be Honored at the Progressive Manufacturing Summit Black Tie Gala June 14, 2007 at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 30, 2007 -- Managing Automation, a Thomas Publishing Company, LLC publication, has announced the winners of its third annual Progressive Manufacturing 50 Awards Program, which has been significantly expanded to reflect the extensive push by the manufacturing industry to improve its competitiveness and capitalize on growth opportunities.

The awards program recognizes manufacturers that are being progressive in their businesses, in the management of their operations and in their use of advanced technologies. The Progressive Manufacturing 50 Awards Program recognizes 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. These disciplines include: Business Model Mastery, Customer Mastery, Supply Network Mastery, Data & Integration Mastery, Innovation Mastery, Training & Education Mastery, Leadership (new), and Operational Excellence (new).

Project nominations were reviewed by an independent judging panel chaired by David Brousell, Editor-in-Chief, Managing Automation. Judges included Tim Carroll, Vice President, Supply Chain Operations, IBM Integrated Supply Chain; Douglas A. Engel, Vice Chairman and U.S. Manufacturing Industry Practice Leader, Deloitte; Paul E. Martin, Global Chief Information Officer, Rexam; Haider Nazar, CEO, Kemco Manufacturing; Ann Grackin, CEO, ChainLink Research; Eric Middelstadt, CEO, The National Council of Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM), Maureen Steinwall, President, Steinwall Inc.

Judges evaluated and scored nominated projects based on the following criteria: project scope, business impact, customer impact, technology use and scale. Progressive Manufacturing 50 winners were the companies receiving the highest total scores.

The Progressive Manufacturing 50 award winners will be honored and presented with their awards at the Progressive Manufacturing Awards Gala Dinner to be held on the last day of the 2007 Progressive Manufacturing Summit, June 12-14, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas. More than 150 manufacturing technology executives are expected to attend. In addition to presenting the awards to the Progressive Manufacturing 50 winners, Managing Automation will also announce at the Gala Dinner High Achievers in each of the 8 disciplines as well as the 2007 Progressive Manufacturer of the Year.

"We decided to expand the awards program this year," said Managing Automation Publisher Heather Mikisch. "The reader response to the program has been strong and has grown considerably in the past few years. More and more, manufacturers in every sector of the industry are working hard to become progressive and position themselves for growth in the years ahead. A community is beginning to emerge around the Progressive Manufacturing idea. We believe that it is in the industry's best interests to foster the development of the Progressive Manufacturing community."

The 2007 Progressive Manufacturing 50 winners are:

Airflow Research                       Nova Chemical
Avago Technologies                     Olson International
Avaya                                  PBM Plastics
Batesville Casket Co.                  Pfizer
Bosch Rexroth                          Precision Components Int’l Inc.
Briggs & Stratton                      Prototype Productions Inc.
Boon Inc.                              Quincy Compressor
Card-Monroe                            SitOnIt Seating
Celanese                               Smead
Celestica                              Society of Manufacturing Engineers
EaglePicher WAM Div.                   Structural Concepts
Fabcon                                 Sun Microsystems
GED Integrated Solutions               Sunsweet Growers Inc.
Glatfelter                             Stahlin Enclosures
Haldex                                 Tech Mold
Hewlett-Packard                        Tomasco Multiciber
Hologic Inc.                           TRW Automotive
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing            United Southern Industries
IBM Integrated Operations              Unirac
IBM Data Storage                       UPCO Inc.
Kal-Tire                               Virtex Assembly Services, Inc.
Litehouse Foods                        West Penn Testing Group
Livingston & Haven                     WMH Tools
Mack Molding
Martinrea Int’l Inc.
Minas Basin Pulp & Power Co. Ltd.
Nissan North America
"These companies exemplify the best in manufacturing," explained 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."

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, information technology comparison and match database, and executive conferences 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 www.managingautomation.com.

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