IndustryWeek’s new Industry Excellence Awards program recognizes the manufacturing decision-makers and companies that are driving the transformation of U.S. manufacturing through the use of new technologies, the cultivation of outstanding talent and adoption of advanced operational practices. It will honor executives and companies that advocate the essential value of manufacturing to U.S. and global society and pay tribute to the lifetime achievement of one executive or thought leader in the U.S. who has had a demonstrable impact on the business of manufacturing. The goal of the program is to celebrate innovation in manufacturing business, specifically to recognize and promote the new ideas, strategies and best practices that drive transformation in manufacturing by leveraging technology, talent and operations strategies to achieve revolutionary leadership practices, business models, production systems and products.
2015 IndustryWeek Manufacturing Talent Leadership Award
Bob Chapman, Barry-Wehmiller
This award celebrates an individual who has made outstanding contributions to manufacturing talent innovation that has significant impact on manufacturing. With Bob’s dedication to executing and communicating Truly Human Leadership, through example and outreach to the business community via his books, speaking engagements and university, Bob Chapman is setting the standard for how to leverage talent to succeed as a U.S. manufacturing business.
2015 IndustryWeek Manufacturing Lifetime Achievement Award
Jim & Anne Davis, New Balance
This award celebrates the contribution of an individual whose leadership and tireless commitment to excellence has had a transformative effect on their organizations and American manufacturing.
As founders and leaders of New Balance, they have shepherded the company through some of the most difficult years for U.S. manufacturers and achieved astounding success. In doing so, they represent the best of U.S. manufacturing leadership, with their commitment to delivering innovative, quality products; leveraging lean and continuous improvement; valuing factory associates; and, of course, supporting U.S. domestic manufacturing.
2015 IndustryWeek Manufacturing Technology Leadership Award
Rodney Brooks, Rethink Robotics
This award celebrates an individual who has made outstanding contributions to manufacturing technology and innovation that have had significant impact on manufacturing.
As founder, chairman and CTO of Rethink Robotics, and with the introduction and popularization of collaborative robotics, Rodney Brooks has pioneered the next-generation of manufacturing automation. Further, he’s made it possible for a much broader use of robots in small and mid-size manufacturers.