DETROIT, Dec. 22, 2010, /PRNewswire/ -- American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (AAM), which is traded as AXL on the NYSE, today announced that its Three Rivers Manufacturing Facility has been recognized as one of the 10 best plants in North America by IndustryWeek magazine for 2010.
IndustryWeek's Best Plants competition recognizes North American manufacturing facilities that foster productive and competitive work environments and optimize customer satisfaction. The Three Rivers Manufacturing Facility is among 10 winners selected from 20 finalists. Award finalists were chosen from several hundred applicants through a rigorous selection process and an on-site validation.
AAM's Three Rivers Manufacturing Facility was recognized for driving home the benefits of market cost competitiveness and productivity initiatives. The AAM Manufacturing System, which focuses on lean manufacturing techniques to identify and eliminate waste, and associate involvement were noted as key enablers for the plant to be awarded new business.
"We are honored to receive the recognition this award represents," said Executive Vice President - Worldwide Operations John J. Bellanti. "The consistent performance of our associates at the Three Rivers Manufacturing Facility exemplifies AAM's long-term commitment to operational excellence, customer satisfaction and building value for all of our stakeholders."
The Three Rivers Manufacturing Facility is located in Three Rivers, Michigan, approximately 30 miles south of Kalamazoo and employs more than 700 associates. As AAM's largest manufacturing facility in the United States, it currently operates at Six Sigma quality performance (< 3.4 PPM) and produces driveline systems and components for the light and commercial vehicle markets.
AAM is a world leader in the manufacture, engineering, design and validation of driveline and drivetrain systems and related components and modules, chassis systems and metal-formed products for trucks, sport utility vehicles, passenger cars and crossover utility vehicles. In addition to locations in the United States (Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania), AAM also has offices or facilities in Brazil, China, Germany, India, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Poland, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand and the United Kingdom.
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SOURCE American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc.