SOURCE: Managing Automation

March 10, 2008 17:40 ET

Managing Automation Announces Winners for the 2008 Progressive Manufacturing 50 Awards

Winners to Be Honored at the Progressive Manufacturing Summit Black Tie Gala June 12, 2008 at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 10, 2008) - Managing Automation, a Thomas Publishing Company, LLC publication, has announced the winners of its fourth annual Progressive Manufacturing 50 Awards. The Awards Program has significantly expanded since its inception in March of 2005 and 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 projects 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 and Operational Excellence.

Project nominations were reviewed by an independent judging panel chaired by David Brousell, Editor-in-Chief, Managing Automation. Judges included Lisa Bodell, CEO, FutureThink; Bill Canis, Vice President for Research and Innovation, The Manufacturing Institute at the National Association of Manufacturers; Douglas A. Engel, Former Vice Chairman and Manufacturing Industry Practice Leader, Deloitte; Chris Knuffman, Lean Manufacturing Champion, Quincy Compressor (2006 Award Winner); Larry Lapide, Ph.D., Director, Demand Management, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics; Paul E. Martin, Global Chief Information Officer, Rexam Plc (2005 Award Winner); Bruce McKay, Executive Vice President, Livingston & Haven (2007 Progressive Manufacturer of the Year); Scott Mingus, Global Director, New Project Development, Glatfelter (2007 Award Winner); Eric Middelstadt, CEO, The National Council of Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM); James A. Robbins, Partner, Accenture Industrial Equipment Practice; Maureen Steinwall, President, Steinwall Inc. (2006 Award Winner); and Steven Vidakovic, Ph.D.,Technology and Knowledge Integration, Global Supply Chain, Pfizer Inc. (2007 Award Winner).

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 in their respective categories.

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 2008 Progressive Manufacturing Summit, June 10-12, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas. More than 175 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 2008 Progressive Manufacturer of the Year.

"We were delighted that the number of nominations received this year increased by more than 20% over the 2007 program," said Managing Automation Publisher Heather Mikisch. "This is proof that there is a growing community rallying around the Progressive Manufacturing idea. We are continuing to dedicate resources to the development of this Progressive Manufacturing community, which helps leaders in the manufacturing industry make their organizations more productive and more successful in general."

The 2008 Progressive Manufacturing 50 winners are:

Batesville Casket Co. (winner for 4 separate projects)
Bay Valley Foods
Beijing-Benz DaimlerChrysler Automotive
The Boeing Co.
Card-Monroe Corp.
Cequent Performance Products
Cox Target Media, Inc.
Danka USA
Dole Food Co., Inc.
EJ Ajax & Sons, Inc.
Eka Chemicals
Emerson Electric Co.
Endwave Corp.
Fleet Link Inc.
Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
Fresno Valves & Castings, Inc.
GED Integrated Solutions
Genentech, Inc.
General Dynamics Corp.
Golden Grain Energy, LLC
Grote Industries
Honda Canada Inc.
Honeywell Process Solutions
Hewlett-Packard Co.
IBM Corp.
Inalfa Roof Systems
Ingersoll-Rand Co. Ltd.
Intertape Polymer Group Inc.
Itron, Inc.
Juniper Networks, Inc.
Kimberley Kampers Pty Ltd
L-3 Communications Corp.
Linksys, a division of Cisco Systems, Inc.
Livingston & Haven
Lower Colorado River Authority
Magic Wheels Inc.
Martinrea International Inc.
Mohawk Fine Papers Inc.
Power Curbers, Inc.
Sunbelt Machine Works Corp.
Sundaram-Clayton Limited
Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd.
TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.
UniRac, Inc.
ViewSonic Corp.

"This new crop of Progressive Manufacturing winners reflects the amazing creativity and determination alive today in the manufacturing community," said David R. Brousell, Editor-in-Chief of Managing Automation. "These companies are taking bold steps to rethink their business models and processes, their relationships with customers and partners, and to create new advantages for themselves in business speed and value. In doing so, they are positioning their organizations for greater success now and in the years ahead."

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