May 8-10, 2017
Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland
Cleveland, OH USA


Best Plants Awards

The IndustryWeek Best Plants Awards program annually recognizes plants, located in North America, that are on the leading edge of efforts to increase competitiveness, enhance customer satisfaction and create stimulating and rewarding work environments. See the complete list of 2016 IndustryWeek Best Plants Award winners below. Winning plants will be honored at the IndustryWeek Manufacturing & Technology Conference & Expo during a luncheon on Tuesday, May 9th.

2015 IndustryWeek Best Plants Winners

Applied Technical Services Corp.
Everett, Wash.

In two years, Applied Technical Services has undergone a complete, top-to-bottom lean makeover, transforming chaos into profit.
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Bard Shannon Ltd.

Humacao, Puerto Rico

The company’s cultural transformation moves it from FDA warning to Plant of the Year.
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Camcraft Inc.
Hanover Park, Ill.

The manufacturer of precision parts has always valued communication and teamwork, but its intentions crystallized in 2011, when it began its lean journey.
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Carrier Transicold North America
Athens, Ga.

The manufacturer of refrigeration units has gone nearly a decade without a lost-time injury.
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DePuy Synthes
Raynham, Mass.

This manufacturer of implants relies on engaged employees, rigorous processes and servant leadership to build better body parts.
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MasterCraft Boat Company
Vonore, Tenn.

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Pratt & Whitney – North Berwick Parts Center
East Hartford, Conn.

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Easton, Pa.

Victaulic lives and breathes safety - even when no one is looking.
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Industry Excellence Awards

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.