|About the Book|
In 1990, IndustryWeek magazine established a prestigious new competition, the Americas Best Plants Award, designed to recognize and honor the top manufacturing operations in the nation. To date, sixty-two companies—from such well-known names asMoreIn 1990, IndustryWeek magazine established a prestigious new competition, the Americas Best Plants Award, designed to recognize and honor the top manufacturing operations in the nation. To date, sixty-two companies—from such well-known names as Hewlett-Packard, Sony Electronics, Steelcase, and Xerox to smaller companies such as Zytec, John Crane Belfab, and Lord Corporation—have earned the illustrious designation of being one of Americas Best Plants.Now these award-winning plants are profiled in Americas Best, a unique reference that takes an in-depth look at leading-edge manufacturing practices. Detailing the individual components of world-class manufacturing, while providing personal experience from the field, Americas Best offers practical guidelines that will help managers make strategic decisions regarding their own organizations.The book begins with the nine essential components of world-class manufacturing, their individual make-up, and how they interact with each other. These components—customer focus, quality, agility, employee involvement, strong supplier relations, technology, new product development, green manufacturing, community involvement—come together to create the basis of manufacturing excellence and will serve as a road map for improving your organization, your products, and your people.Profiles of each of the 62 Best Plant winners celebrate individual excellence in the field. Highlighting these profiles are on-site visit reports by IndustryWeek editors- detailed coverage of the many unique programs, tools, and techniques currently in use at each plant- and a listing of contact information for individual plants. Also included is a complete set of the winners statistical measurements for use in benchmarking your own organization, as well as an assessment survey to help you determine how your plant measures up against the best.Filled with helpful data, advice, lessons, and firsthand stories from Best Plant leaders and employees, Americas Best will be essential reading for managers in executive suites to the shop floor who are charged with the success of their manufacturing organization.A clear and exciting depiction of the dramatic changes taking place in manufacturing and the innovative approaches used to sustain world-class excellence. — Jerry J. Jasinowski President, National Association of ManufacturersHighly readable and packed with relevant examples of what makes the best, best. — Carla ODell, PhD President, American Productivity & Quality CenterA rousing standing ovation for Ted Kinni and the editors of IndustryWeek. Americas Best is a benchmark book, and Kinni and colleagues have pulled off an Olympian feat. . . . If youve set a course for excellence, you must read this book. — Jim Kouzes, coauthor The Leadership Challenge and Credibility, Chairman and CEO The Tom Peters Group/Learning SystemsAdvanced Filtration Systems, Inc.Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.Allen-Bradley CompanyBaxter Healthcare Corp.Chesebrough-Ponds USA Co.Cincinnati Milacron, Inc.Coherent, Inc.Continental General Tire, Inc.Copeland CorporationCorning, Inc.Dana CorporationDigital Equipment Corp.Edys Grand Ice CreamEngelhard CorporationExxon Chemical Co.Fisher-Rosemount, Inc.Ford Electronics & Refrigeration Corp.Ford Motor Co.The Foxboro CompanyGE Fanuc Automation NA, Inc.General ElectricGeneral MotorsGeneral Motors Corp., CadillacGilbarco, Inc.Hewlett-Packard CompanyHoneywell, Inc.IBM CorporationJohn Crane BelfabJohnson & Johnson Medical, Inc.Kennametal, Inc.Lockheed Martin Corp.