Manufacturing Executive Announces Top Honorees of the 2012 Manufacturing Leadership Awards

NEW YORK, May 3, 2012 — (PRNewswire) — Manufacturing Executive, the global community for manufacturing leadership and producer of the Manufacturing Leadership Summit and Awards program, today announced the program's top honorees at the 2012 Manufacturing Leadership 100 Awards ceremony, held last night at The Breakers in Palm Beach, FL.

The Manufacturing Leadership (ML100) Awards program recognizes manufacturing companies and individual executives from around the world who have achieved distinction in a competition that spans 11 award categories, including innovation, information leadership, global value chain management, workforce development, and industry leadership. An independent blue-ribbon panel of leading manufacturing researchers, analysts, academics, and executives, including past award winners, evaluated and judged all nominations.

Two companies were chosen as the Manufacturers of the Year in recognition of their superlative achievements across multiple ML100 award categories:

2012 Manufacturers of the Year
Nalco Co. (Large Enterprise)
Chirch Global Manufacturing LLC (Small Enterprise)

A new award for 2012 recognized an individual for his industry leadership:

2012 Visionary Leadership
Sir James Dyson
Dyson Ltd. and The Dyson Foundation

Companies receiving the highest judges' scores in each ML100 project category were recognized as "High Achievers":

2012 High Achievers

Information Leadership

U.S. Air Force Logistical Operations

Global Value Chain

Oracle Corp.


Lexmark International

Operational Excellence

Tessy Plastics Corp.

Game-Changing Technologies

Eaton Corp.

New Workforce

Bridge Publications, Inc.

Innovative Enterprise

IBM Corp. (HIP Defect Mechanism Project)

The Editorial Department of Manufacturing Executive each year confers its own awards on companies or individuals who reflect the spirit and promise of the ML100 Awards. This year's recipients are:

2012 Editors' Choice
John I. Haas Inc.
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

View the full ML100 Awards winners list at  

The ML100 program's key technology partners were also honored with a new President's Award at the ceremony last night. Named after Heather L. Holst-Knudsen, the president of Manufacturing Enterprise Communications, the parent of Manufacturing Executive, the award recognizes technology suppliers that have participated in the awards program for the past five years. Honorees include:

  • AT&T
  • Cisco
  • Apriso
  • Plex Systems
  • Oracle
  • Deloitte
  • ILS Technology

"The many accomplishments of the manufacturing companies winning ML100 awards over the years could not have been possible without the innovations provided by these technology partners," Holst-Knudsen said. "In addition, the support of the Manufacturing Leadership Summit by these same companies has been critical to making the Summit the success it is today."

All of the 2012 ML100 winners were honored at a black-tie ceremony yesterday during the Manufacturing Leadership Summit at The Breakers in Palm Beach, FL.

"Looking at the top winners in this year's ML100 group, it is easy to understand why manufacturing has been leading the economic recovery," said David R. Brousell, Vice President & Editorial Director for Manufacturing Executive and an ML100 judge. "The companies that have achieved top honors for their transformative projects reflect the strong spirit of innovation that exists today in our industry. In addition, the Visionary Leadership award to Sir James Dyson shows how much importance the ML100 judges attach to contributions to the industry as a whole."

Learn more about the awards and the application process for the 2013 program at

About Manufacturing Enterprise Communications
Manufacturing Enterprise Communications, a division of Thomas Publishing Company, LLC, is the producer of the Manufacturing Executive portfolio of leadership networking, information and professional development products, programs, and services for industrial executives worldwide. Manufacturing Executive's mission is to help senior executives define and shape a better future for themselves, their organizations, and the industry at large. Manufacturing Executive's integrated portfolio consists of the Manufacturing Executive Website, an online global business network; the Manufacturing Executive Leadership Council, an invitation-only executive organization; the annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit conference; the Manufacturing Leadership 100 Awards program; and the Manufacturing Executive Leadership Journal. For more information, visit us at



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