GENERAL CABLE’S TETLA, TLAXCALA, MEXICO COMMUNICATIONS CABLES MANUFACTURING FACILITY RECEIVES INDUSTRYWEEK’S 2006 BEST PLANTS AWARD AS ONE OF THE 10 BEST MANUFACTURING PLANTS IN NORTH AMERICA
Highland Heights, Kentucky – September 20, 2006 – General Cable’s (NYSE: BGC) Tetla, Tlaxcala, Mexico communications cables manufacturing facility has been selected by Penton Media's (OTCBB: PTON) INDUSTRYWEEK magazine, the leading publication among senior manufacturing executives, as one of the 10 IW Best Plants in North America. INDUSTRYWEEK’S Best Plants Award Program, started 17 years ago, is an annual salute to outstanding manufacturing facilities that are on the leading edge of efforts to increase competitiveness, enhance customer satisfaction, and create stimulating and rewarding work environments.
“The facilities chosen this year truly exhibit the characteristics of world-class manufacturing plants. Their drive for continuous improvement is a testament to strong leadership, the involvement of their employees, solid supply chain management, and a willingness to adopt strategic technological solutions,” said David Blanchard, INDUSTRYWEEK’S Editor-in-Chief. “INDUSTRYWEEK salutes the exemplary achievements of the 2006 IW Best Plants, and is proud to share their success stories.”
General Cable’s Tetla, Tlaxcala, Mexico plant will receive a commemorative award during ceremonies scheduled on October 5th. This honor recognizes the plant’s world-class manufacturing capabilities and its commitment to continuous improvement. General Cable’s Tetla plant was selected from nearly 200 facilities nominated between October 2005 and March 2006.
Competing plants reported practices and performance in such categories as management strategy, community involvement, customer and supplier relations, employee relations, environmental and safety programs, inventory management, manufacturing and flexibility, productivity, use of technology and market results. The top 10 selected winners report some astounding manufacturing achievements in these areas.
“General Cable is once again pleased to receive this award from INDUSTRYWEEK in recognition of our manufacturing excellence,” said Gregory B. Kenny, President and Chief Executive Officer of General Cable. “We use the INDUSTRYWEEK competition as a benchmark for comparing our manufacturing performance against the best in the world. I am grateful to Larry Fast, General Cable’s Senior Vice President of North American Operations, and his team for having the courage to set demanding goals and providing the tools and training to achieve them.”
“Lean Manufacturing, combined with Six Sigma quality improvement tools, continues to drive major improvements in our Tetla operations,” added Larry Fast, Senior Vice President, North American Operations. “Lean thinking has made General Cable a much stronger Company today. It is part of our culture. And, the General Cable Operations Team continues to consistently raise its level of manufacturing excellence.”
“This achievement recognizes our Company’s world-class manufacturing capabilities as well as the mindset of continuous improvement shared by all General Cable associates worldwide,” continued Fast. “For the second consecutive year, three of our 18 North American plants were selected as finalists in the Best Plants competition—Indianapolis, Indiana; Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico; and Tetla, Tlaxcala, Mexico. This is truly an outstanding achievement and is unprecedented in the 17 years INDUSTRYWEEK has held the Best Plants competition. These three outstanding manufacturing plants join General Cable’s Malvern, Arkansas; Altoona, Pennsylvania; and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada plants as honorees. Our Altoona plant achieved the title of One of the Top 10 Plants in North America in 2003 and our Moose Jaw facility earned the title in 2005. Now in 2006, our Tetla plant joins the Best Plants list.”
“Our Tetla plant’s award is the result of hard work by many General Cable associates,” said Jim Barney, Senior Vice President, Telecommunications Business and Corporate Development. “We are proud to be able to supply product to our customers from a world-class facility, one that is recognized by INDUSTRYWEEK as one of the best in North America."
“All we have accomplished would not have been feasible without the dedication and commitment of all the Tetla associates,” said Luis Rosete, Tetla Plant Manager. “All associates at our plant are very proud to receive this prestigious INDUSTRYWEEK Best Plants Award.”
The complete list of winners and an in-depth profile on General Cable’s Tetla, Tlaxcala, Mexico plant can be found at www.industryweek.com/iwbestplants.
About General Cable
General Cable (NYSE:BGC), headquartered in Highland Heights, Kentucky, is a leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, specialty and communications markets. The Company offers competitive strengths in such areas as breadth of product line, brand recognition, distribution and logistics, sales and service and operating efficiency. Energy cables include low-, medium- and high-voltage power distribution and power transmission products. The Industrial and Specialty segment is comprised of application-specific cables for uses such as electrical power generation (traditional fuels, alternative and renewable sources, and distributed generation), the oil, gas and petrochemical industries, mining, industrial automation, marine, military and aerospace applications, power applications in the telecommunications industry, and other key industrial segments. Communications wire and cable products transmit low-voltage signals for voice, data, video and control applications. Visit our website at www.GeneralCable.com.
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