The Mason, OH-based plant of Harris Products Group has officially won IndustryWeek’s prestigious, nationwide Best Plants competition.

The company scooped the award after delivering compelling proof of strong manufacturing performance and a comprehensive focus on continuous improvement.

For Harris, the award reflects its commitment to excellence. Dan Marascalchi, vice-president of global operations, commented, “We were incredibly confident going into this competition. But once we got the call confirming our win – to be named one of the Best Plants in North America – it’s great validation for the hard work our team has put in.”

“We knew our commitment to excellence was solid and is evident in our day-to-day work, but now the world knows.”

Six winners were announced and are profiled in this month’s issue of IndustryWeek.

“From the 45 percent decrease in WIP to the 41 percent drop in customer reject rate and inching up toward a 90 percent first pass yield, the company’s numbers are breaking records, shattering expectations and yielding industry best results”

Participants completed an application in 2012 that involved a lengthy description and data supporting the plant’s accomplishments, improvements and operations in multiple categories. These include Management Practices, Quality Achievements, Employment Practices, Safety, Customer Focus, Supply Chain and Logistics, Technology, Manufacturing & Flexibility, Maintenance, Inventory Management, Environmental Stewardship and Competiveness & Market Results.

Of its decision, IndustryWeek wrote, “From the 45 percent decrease in WIP to the 41 percent drop in customer reject rate and inching up toward a 90 percent first pass yield, the company’s numbers are breaking records, shattering expectations and yielding industry best results.”

The Mason, OH, facility manufactures brazing and soldering alloys along with brazing rings and return bends. The alloys are used in the manufacture of OEM products in HVAC/R, transportation and automotive, mining and energy, heavy fabrication and other industries.

These products are then sold in the US and exported to 96 countries.

The company was notified it would receive the honor shortly after an on-site review by one of IndustryWeek’s editors. “During our recent site visit, we found ample evidence to validate the activities, practices and accomplishments cited in your entry materials,” said Jill Jusko, best plants director for IndustryWeek.

“We believe this facility is a pacesetter among North American manufacturers in terms of operational strategy, production practices and performance, and will continue to lead the way in the future.”

Honor

David J. Nangle, president of the Harris Products Group, commended his teams’ ability to practice excellence in all they do and said, “This incredible honor is a credit to our entire to our team. They are committed to doing their best and to being the best, every day.”

“To be recognized as one of the best manufacturing plants speaks volumes about their devotion to making Harris and our parent company, Lincoln Electric, a leader in manufacturing.”

While stressing that the progress the plant has made wouldn’t be possible without the leadership team in place, including Marascalchi and Rob Temple (Mason plant manager), Nangle also explained that the recent focus on American manufacturing in the news and surrounding public policy makes the distinction even more special.

“We know American manufacturing is competitive and innovative; we see it on our plant floor. To be able to share our story with the larger manufacturing community is an honor, and we look forward to advancing manufacturing even further.”

As an international manufacturer of cutting, welding, brazing and soldering equipment and consumables and gas distribution systems, the Harris Products Group operates two US plants, a distribution and manufacturing facility in City of Industry, CA, and facilities in Europe and Brazil.