General Cable's Manchester, N.H., manufacturing plant, which produces Carol brand electronics wire and cable for signal transmission, alarm, sound and security, and professional audio/video broadcast markets, has been selected by IndustryWeek magazine as one of the 10 Best Plants in North America. IndustryWeek's Best Plants Award Program, which started 19 years ago, is an annual salute to manufacturing facilities that increase competitiveness, enhance customer satisfaction and create stimulating and rewarding work environments.

“The IndustryWeek Best Plants program is an annual celebration of world-class manufacturing and continuous improvement practices. In addition to the effectiveness of the 10 factories chosen as ‘best plants,’ they share the common traits of an unending pursuit of excellence, recognizing they can't be leaders in their industries without their employees' support. They are aligned in a mission of successfully tackling the challenges of being a 21st-century North American manufacturer,” said Jill Jusko, IndustryWeek senior editor.

Competing plants reported management practices and plant performance in categories such as quality, customer and supplier relations, employee involvement, application of new technologies, productivity, cost reductions, manufacturing flexibility and responsiveness, inventory management, environmental and safety performance, new product development and overall market results. The top 10 report some astounding manufacturing achievements in these areas.

“Lean Manufacturing, combined with Six Sigma quality improvement tools, continues to drive major improvements in all our manufacturing operations,” said Mark Thackeray, senior vice president for General Cable's North American Operations. “Our strategy to achieve manufacturing excellence has made General Cable a much stronger company today. Lean Thinking is part of our culture of continuous improvement, along with the engagement and contribution of our associates — something we call ‘OLPC’ or Operator Led Process Control. The Manchester plant is operating very close to our ideal vision of OLPC.”

The complete list of winners and an in-depth profile on General Cable's Manchester electronics cable plant can be found at www.industryweek.com/iwbestplants.

IndustryWeek is published by Penton Media Inc., which also publishes Electrical Wholesaling.

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