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2013 Manufacturing Leadership 100 Award Winners Revealed

Posted By Jeff Moad, March 11, 2013 at 1:11 PM, in Category: The Innovation Enterprise

Synopsis: Alcoa, Eli Lilly, Ford, Lockheed Martin, and fellow award winners from across the manufacturing world to be honored at the Manufacturing Leadership Summit

Manufacturing Executive and the Manufacturing Leadership Council today honored 100 world-class manufacturing companies and individual leaders as winners of the 2013 Manufacturing Leadership 100 Awards (ML100 Awards).

In a world of intensifying global competition and accelerating change, recipients of the ML100 Awards have distinguished themselves by embracing breakthrough innovation and enabling their companies to anticipate and respond to customers with unmatched agility.

Now in their ninth year, the Manufacturing Leadership 100 Awards honor companies and individuals that are shaping the future of global manufacturing. Nominations across 11 categories are vetted and evaluated by a panel of expert judges. Seven of the ML100 categories celebrate outstanding projects undertaken and completed by a manufacturing company. Four categories recognize the achievements of individual manufacturing executives.

Manufacturing Leadership 100 Award winners will be honored on May 15 at a gala celebration that follows the ninth annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit in Palm Beach, FL, a gathering of manufacturing leaders from around the world. The theme for the 2013 Summit is “Bold Ideas for a Better Future,” and featured speakers include Rodney Brooks, founder, chairman, and CTO of Rethink Robotics; John Rogers, president and CEO of Local Motors; and Richard Dauch, co-founder and executive chairman of American Axle Manufacturing.

The 2013 ML100 Award winners hail from the United States, Canada, China, Germany, India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and Switzerland.

Expert judges for the 2013 ML100 Awards were Steve Huffman, government relations chairman, Automation Federation; Sath Rao, vice president, research, Industrial Automation and Process Control, Frost & Sullivan; Raghavendra Rao, vice president, Manufacturing and Process Consulting, Frost & Sullivan; Art Robbins, president, Frost & Sullivan, North America Operations; Morris Lenczicki, vice president, Industrial Systems Applications, L’Oreal USA Inc.; Maureen Steinwall, president, Steinwall Inc.; Alton Sanders, program manager, Boeing; Jim Davis, vice provost of IT, UCLA; Val Zanchuk, president, Graphicast; Joe Parambo, information Officer, Casting, Engine, Transmission, and Components Operations, General Motors; Terry Burleson, vice president, Energy Services, Nalco; John Gercak, vice president of Information Technology, Eaton Corporation; Brad Heath, CEO, VirTex Assembly Services; Anthony Chirchirillo, CEO, Chirch Global Manufacturing; and David Brousell, global vice presiden

The Manufacturing Leadership Council is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Manufacturing Leadership 100 Awards:


Innovative Enterprise

Lockheed Martin (Digital Thread)
Enterasys Networks (Robotic Optical Inspection)
Ford Motor Co.
IBM Corp. (Smart Transformation Project Office)
Hardstone Construction LLC
Bridge Publications
Enterasys Networks (3D Printing and Prototyping)
EAO Corp. (Expansion of HMI Systems)
GE Global Research
Lexmark International Inc. (Supplies Customer Escalation System)
Trojan Battery Co.

Information Leadership

BAE Systems
Alcoa Inc.
Eli Lilly
McCain Foods
Cisco Systems
Saudi Aramco (Smart Performance Dashboard)
Avon Gear Co.
Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp.
Creative Foam Corp.
LARSON Manufacturing Co.
Groeb Farms
Enterasys Networks (SmartSheet)
Sterlite Technologies Ltd.
Tribar Manufacturing
Walton Signage
Johnson Controls Inc. (NxGen Transformation)
Johnson Controls Inc. (Project Saturn)

Operational Excellence

Acumed LLC
Genentech Inc.
Elster GmbH
Deere & Co. (Wireless Tracking and Triggers)
New Flyer Industries
Saudi Aramco (Oil Stabilization)
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. (Replenishment Center Redesign)
Plantronics Inc.
Nicolet Plastics Inc.
Cole Kepro International LLC
Lexmark International Inc. (Juarez Pull Replenishment)
Plastic Components Inc.
Plastikos Inc. (Automated Production Labeling and Tool Tracking)

Global Value Chain

Craft Brew Alliance
IBM Corp. (Inventory Management System)
Coty Inc.
Deere & Co. (Achieving Excellence)
L’Oreal USA Inc. (SESAMe)
Agilent Technologies
Motorola Solutions Inc.
L’Oreal USA Inc. (H-TMS)
Fiat Group Automobiles SpA (World Class Manufacturing)
Techtronic Industries Ltd.

New Workforce

AQuate Corp.
IBM Corp. (COGNOS Super User Program)
CSI Dissemination and Distribution Center
Chrysler Group LLC
CSI (Custom Mill)
Automation Federation
The Diemasters

Game-Changing Technologies

Nanocomp Technologies Inc.
Raytheon Missile Systems
GE Aviation Systems
TVS Motor Company Ltd.
Thogus Products Co.
In’Tech Industries Inc.
The Boeing Company (C17 Mobility Project)


KLW Plastics Inc.
The Boeing Company (Supplier Packaging and Waste Stream Mapping)
Niagara Bottling LLC
Safelite Glass Corp.
Freudenberg Sealing Technologies
Lexmark International Inc. (Molded Pulp Cushions)
Lockheed Martin Corp. (Sustainability)
Plastikos Inc. (Environmental Sustainability Initiative)


Next-Generation Leadership and Culture

Sean Corkery, Dell Inc.
Daniel DiMicco, Nucor Corp.
Ray Coombs, Jr., Westminster Tool Inc.
John Lombardo, Suffolk County Community College

Manufacturing Entrepreneur

Andra Rush, Detroit Manufacturing Systems Ltd. LLC
Matthew Hlavin, Thogus Products Co
Jim Newton, TechShop
Kerry O’Brien, Germane Systems
David Crowe, Tucson Embedded Systems
Lance A. Scott, EAO Corp.


Diana Tremblay, General Motors
Andy Howe, Better Energy Systems Inc.
Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover
Alan Mulally, Ford Motor Company
Selden Swain, Triumph International India Private Ltd.

To learn more about these innovative manufacturing leaders and companies, register for the May 2013 Manufacturing Leadership Summit.

Written by Jeff Moad

Jeff Moad is Research Director and Executive Editor with the Manufacturing Leadership Community. He also directs the Manufacturing Leadership Awards Program. Follow our LinkedIn Groups: Manufacturing Leadership Council and Manufacturing Leadership Summit

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