CLEVELAND, April 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Penton's IndustryWeek, the leading media brand dedicated to the U. S. manufacturing industry, has announced the winners of its new Industry Excellence Awards program. Each award recognizes manufacturing leaders 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.
Editor-in-Chief of IndustryWeek, Patricia Panchak explains "The goal of the program is to celebrate innovation in manufacturing businesses, specifically by recognizing leaders whose transformative practices leverage technology, talent and operations strategies. They are the people and companies who are leading the 4th industrial revolution."
The award program honors executives and companies that advocate the essential value of manufacturing to U.S. and global society and pays 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.
IndustryWeek Manufacturing Lifetime Achievement Award – Jim and Anne Davis of New Balance
This award celebrates the contribution of an individual, or in this case, partnership, 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, together, Jim and Anne 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.
IndustryWeek Manufacturing Technology Leadership Award – Rodney Brooks of Rethink Robotics
This award celebrates an individual who has made outstanding contributions to manufacturing technology and innovation that has had significant impact on manufacturing.
As founder, chairman, and CTO of Rethink Robotics, and with the introduction and popularization of collaborative robotics, Rodney has pioneered the next-generation of manufacturing automation. Further, he has made it possible for a much broader use of cobots in small and mid-size manufacturers.
IndustryWeek Manufacturing Talent Leadership Award – Bob Chapman of Barry-Wehmiller
This award celebrates an individual who has made outstanding contributions to manufacturing talent innovation that has had 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, he is setting the standard for how to leverage talent to succeed as a U.S. manufacturing business.
Each winner will be recognized at our annual event, the IndustryWeek Manufacturing & Technology Conference and Expo, which will be held May 3-5, 2016, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, in Rosemont, IL.
IndustryWeek lives and breathes transformational manufacturing. Decision-makers and disruptors turn to IW for the news, trends, strategies, and best practices that help companies leverage talent and technology to achieve revolutionary leadership practices, business models, production systems, and products. Visit www.industryweek.com and www.mfgtechshow.com for more information.
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